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.