As Hurricane Season Approaches, It’s Time to Fix Disaster Funding
The official start of the Atlantic hurricane season is just over ten days away. As the nation continues to grapple with the emotional and economic scars of last year’s natural disasters, it is hard to fathom the possibility of a new spate of storms. And while we can’t predict the extent of trauma that awaits us in 2018, one thing is for sure — we are not prepared.
Last year, the United States saw 16 weather-related disasters that each exceeded $1 billion in costs and damages. Total costs of disaster recovery for the year are expected to surpass $300 billion.
While 2017 was hopefully an anomaly, we know for certain that severe storms, floods and fires will continue to inflict additional destruction, misery and high costs. Our federal government, however, continues to treat each of these natural disasters as a surprise, appropriating billions of borrowed dollars in “emergency” relief, as if no one could have possibly anticipated the need….
Gender question in disaster management
When disasters occur to a certain degree or frequency, it is bound to drastically change the natural state of the community and its surroundings. In Nepal and many other least developed countries, there is evidence that marginalised populations, including women, face the most tragic losses and in many cases become the major targets of injustice.
It is important to understand that no two disasters are the same and therefore cannot be compared. Every disaster creates a different impact on each human being. Every country will be affected differently and no two individuals who have faced the disaster will have the same kind of response. The degree of any disaster risks depends mostly upon the destructive forces that they carry and the level of resilience and resistance of the affected community….