In a nation beset by natural disasters due to the ever-increasing threat of climate change we can no longer depend on the government to rescue us. In fact, with the increasing size and scope of the disasters of recent years, it is appearing more likely FEMA will no longer be a viable resource to help recover from disasters since they’re getting larger and more expensive every year.
From 2017 to 2021 the United States spent $186 billion on disaster relief. FEMA is allocated an estimated $40 billion a year. This means including the COVID-19 crisis, we have spent $26 billion more on disasters than we allocated.
The ongoing climate disaster will continue to create larger storms which will increase flooding conditions, storm surge challenges, and permanent destruction of coastal regions. It also means larger wildfires and property damage. Fires can also affect populations outside of the fire regions adding to medical challenges.
With fire season lasting longer and longer and with drought affecting eight or nine Midwestern states, can we continue to wait until disasters strike before we address the challenges of climate change? What is the government (local, city, state, and federal) doing to address these problems proactively where an ounce of prevention may equal billions of dollars of restoration?
• WHAT IS FEMA?
• Do you know about our national disaster preparedness plans?
• What is predatory delay – “Predatory delay is the blocking or slowing of needed change, in order to make money off unsustainable, unjust systems in the meantime.”
• What part does “predatory delay” play in our unwillingness to try and address infrastructure issues which could mitigate the costs of disaster in each state?
• What do YOU think our governments can do to prevent disasters besides waiting to clean up afterward?
• I have suggested we will have to prepare to save ourselves in the years ahead. With the cost of disasters increasing, how can the government keep pace? What should you have on hand in case of emergency?
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