Governments at all levels have virtually got rid of disaster and emergency recovery assistance and leave you relying on insurance companies. Americans clamor for smaller government without realizing that there is a very small safety net to catch you when you need help the most. Of course we don’t want to be too reliant on government but we don’t want to lose everything when circumstances beyond our control strike us leaving us vulnerable. The government has been reduced to giving us a few meals and a short-term shelter stay while we struggle to put our lives back together. You need an attorney just to figure out what your insurance will and will not cover and while you are in the midst of a disasters is no time to be guessing or haggling. And while you and your neighbors are struggling to get your houses rebuilt, you might as well become a general contractor in the process because who helps you to know how to rebuild your home. With disasters coming more frequently people need to know how to navigate the maze of requirements and pitfalls that can leave you stranded while your community’s story fades from the headlines and the world moves on passing you by.
Government’s role has been reduced to emergency services over the years and the recovery and prevention role has been stripped away. We see homes rebuilt after the disasters but we do not know how many people lose their homes in the process becoming victims all over again. Most businesses never reopen when they are destroyed and many people lose their homes and their jobs when communities are destroyed. The American people need to make sure their government is providing answers to the most pressing questions. We have struggled to not allow catastrophic illnesses to destroy our lives and our hopes but disasters can be just as destructive. Disasters also take out many families and communities at the same time.
Local and State governments are also ill equipped to deal with the consequences of disasters and we see Governors and Mayor in times of crisis begging the Federal Government to get involved. “We The People” need to pause a moment in the rush to reduce the role and size of government and figure out just what we want government to do. Slash and spend can cause more harm than good for society as a whole. The emergency management process is weak and anemic when it comes to recovery. We applaud emergency workers for the life saving heroic efforts they make. We never get to see the recovery process when hundreds and thousands of families go under in the long run because there is more to disaster management than emergency response.
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