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Examining Government Responses To Natural Disasters

Often times when a huge natural disaster strikes the first bit of a story on the news is about the slow response from the federal government, but the thing is that the nation’s government doesn’t make sense as far as a first response.

First of all, that natural disaster that can wash out roads, flood towns, or cut off any routes in and out of town is also going to prevent people from a long distance away from being able to quickly make their way to where they are needed most.

The first response always has to be local from local responders and whatever limited resources they have available. If they’re overwhelmed, the next step comes from the state level and sends in people from the capital to attempt to help, set up centers, and coordinate any rescues or shelter. They even recruited a Minneapolis Lawn Service to clean up the mess in Louisiana for Katrina! Wow! However this cannot be done at the drop of a hat, it takes time to gather everything, much less to make their way out there.

Finally, the federal government can come in during major emergencies but that doesn’t change the fact that the first bit of responsibility has to be with the people in the area prepared to hold out until help has a chance to organize and arrive.

Why The US Government Helps Other Countries

There are many people who balk at the idea of the United States government running to help everyone who is the victim of a disaster. From the people who were affected by the earthquakes in Haiti to the people who were victims of the tsunamis in Asia, they are always ready to run to the rescue of those in need. Some people say that they need to worry more about what is going on here and less about what is going on in other parts of the world, It is clear that they are not wise about how things work.

The United States is a superpower in the sense that they have many resources available that some countries do not. What in the world would they look like if they sat around sitting on their hands and being selfish while other people in the world have problems? The next time we needed help from an ally, they would be far less willing to be of assistance. In order to remain on the good side of those that you may need at some point in the future, it is necessary for you to help when needed. It is really that simple.

The Way The Government Handled Hurricane Katrina

There are many people who believe that the government dropped the ball when it came to handling all of the people who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. I cannot say that I agree with many of them. The reality is that many people were told to leave far ahead of time and they were the ones that chose to stick around. Why in the world should the government have to pay to house and take care of those who did not learn how to listen and so what they were told? As far as I am concerned, they should have been on their own.

There were many rescue efforts done and people were sent to stay in different states. I know a guy who went from living in a dirty shack-like home, and now he lives in Massachusetts and is living a life that he could have only dreamed of before then. If people want to complain so much about how little was done, why do they still want to take advantage of all the opportunities that were given to them? Again, they should have just left them in the trenches to figure out what to do on their own.

Governments Must Have A Fast And Helpful Response To Natural Disasters

The way a government responds to a natural disaster is very important. If you want an example, just think about how the US government responded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Their response was also a disaster. Sometimes natural disasters are anticipated, while at other times, they catch people completely off guard. In the case of Hurricane Katrina, the US government was caught off guard, whether they should have been or not.

When a natural disaster is anticipated or highly likely, state governments are of course going to be the first politicians to the scene so to speak. They will speak up for their states, and then the US government in general starts stepping in and offering aid if necessary. Often it’s the national guard that steps in to help, and of course the American Red Cross and other national organizations.

The government will always ‘respond’ to a natural disaster, but it’s how they respond that matters, again referencing the New Orleans disaster and Hurricane Katrina. There are different types of natural disasters of course, like the forest fires that often happen out west and the tornadoes in the Midwest. Ever since Hurricane Katrina, which served as a wake up call, the US government has been more on point.

Looking at Common Government Responses To Natural Disasters

FEMA has far more fame for being completely incapable or unable to help the thousands of hurt and stranded after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans back in 2005. While there definitely was plenty of appropriate blame, this also brought up an interesting point too many people didn’t know: that government responses to natural disasters start with acceptance that in most cases nothing serious will be able to be done in the first couple days.

This means that as much as local and state governments want to help, when floods or tornadoes hit, the response is going to be limited until the nearly unlimited resources of the federal government can be used in order to help bring support and order.

When it comes to government responses to natural disasters, it is important for people to realize that whether they like it or not, when it comes to natural disasters the responsibility for staying safe starts and often ends with individuals over the first 24 to 48 hours depending on the type of disaster that is taking place.

While governments will try to respond on every level, keeping this in mind is critical to be prepared for the worst case scenarios.

Hello, and thank you for visiting

Greetings – my name is Lars and I am a second year student at the University of Minnesota. I’m studying natural disaster relief and early warning systems in a class for Sociology, and my assignment is to set up and write a blog about my findings. I can state my opinions as well, which is great!

I have seen many disasters in my lifetime, and I want to write about the role of government in the assistance process, as well as any preventative measures that can warn of such disasters. I hope you enjoy it!