Chapter 3 Conclusions

 

CHAPTER 3

FACING THE FACTS

 

It is likely that the contents of this book will cause mixed feelings, ranging from denial and disillusionment to-hopefully- empowerment.  I hope that I have inspired empowerment, not only in disaster management, but in all aspects of your own life.  The past few years have been rough on our nation.  We have faced economic problems, disillusionment with the political situation, politicians and political parties, and the rise of radical groups and other challenges.  Insights that were once called “Conspiracy Theories” have now been found to be facts and mainstream because of researchers and government whistleblowers.

Unfortunately our government has proven that they are unwilling or unable to protect the public without curtailing civil rights, and running up massive debt.

Many folks have been lulled into a sense of complacency.  Even after September 11, Katrina, the Gulf oil spill, and the international response to Fukushima, many people still believe—at their own risk—that the government is prepared and will help them.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

For example, even in the face of looming financial disaster the government did nothing meaningful to prevent it, and in fact, created the situation that permitted the problem to develop and worsen for decades. Why do I mention these facts?  Economic, social, and political instability, either in the United States or internationally may lead to a terrorist or nuclear attack. 

There are many in our government like Chicago Mayor and former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel stating that “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.  And what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”  Some politicians see political opportunity in a disaster. 

Faced with the threat of a nuclear disaster, do you really want to risk your future on elected and appointed “leaders” who allow bad situations to fester?  Are they to blame, or are we to blame for electing them, and not keeping after them?  The power lies with us, and that means we can fix it, through the power of the ballot box.  Take the opportunity to use it. 

Not all is bad.  This is still America, and we still have the opportunity to change course.

We can work through local community groups like churches and similar groups free of government involvement. I believe these groups can work with the government as a partner, not as an adversary.  However in some cases they might need to go it alone. 

Good Luck and God Speed in your disaster preparations.

Jim Poesl