Could Our Country Really Cope With A Full-Blown Crisis?

Don't worry I'm not talking politics, but I did want to share this article with my readers because of our current times. The challenges with climate and health.

That being said, having read this myself, I wonder, how well prepared are we for the innevitable being that we're in the midst of so much chaos. Every year with California Wildfires, and with other recent scares such as the coronavirus and Australia's fires, it's really scary to think that we're rarely prepared as a country to cope with such disasters. Or are we?

In this guest article there's information to put your mind at ease. So have a read, and let me know what you think?

Full disclosure: This is a guest post and opinions below are not my own. But I do find that articles like this are informative to my readers.

Public emergencies are on the increase around the world. In 2017, for instance, there were more than 42 major disaster declarations - that’s nearly one per week. There’s a good chance, therefore, that one of these crises is going to have a material impact on your lifestyle. 

Fortunately, the government is taking action. Public administrators are now working on what they call “crisis management” - the idea that government entities can control crises and prevent excessive fallout.

The need for such systems is growing fast. Many researchers believe that changes in the climate will make natural disasters more common. In their view, we’re likely to see an increase in flooding, hurricanes, and tornadoes. These events threaten life and property.

We may also see other types of disasters too. Terrorism remains an ever-present threat in big cities. And because of the close contact between humans and animals, more zoonotic viruses are likely to make the jump to people.

When it comes to crises, the government follows a four-stage plan. Its primary role is to prevent the disaster from occurring in the first place. For every $1 it spends on prevention, it saves $4 in later damages.

Second, it can create preparedness systems, such as rehearing what to do in the event of a fire. 

Third, it can coordinate a response to save lives and get people out of danger fast. 

And, finally, it can assist in recovery and reconstruction. 

Are you interested in whether the country could cope with a disaster? Please check out the following infographic. 

View the source for this infographic about crisis management

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