At least since the beginning of the Hancock County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) there have been those cautioning organizations and individuals to prepare for a host of threats. And in reality those voices were present long before the COAD was formed. Those of us making those pleas were often looked at like wacko’s, conspiracy theorists.
One of the list of threats was PANDEMIC. Why, then, were our organizations so ill-prepared for what we are going through? I just listened to a radio commentator discussing the impact of not doing college football this fall. All involved appear to be making it up as they go along. Why are they not just carrying out a pre-arranged plan? What about your family and organizations where you have a position of leadership?
I hear folks in Iowa saying “We had no warning that the derecho storm was coming. We didn’t have time to get supplied up and ready for long term loss of power. I don’t want to pile on to those who are suffering but I am sure there have been voices for years telling them to ALWAYS BE PREPARED for sever weather (and other threats).
Let’s use this mess to learn a lesson. There are other threats on the list that demand preparation, What about earthquakes? Yes they can happen in the Midwest. What about electromagnetic interference with communications? How would you do if your cell phone and credit cards were worthless pieces of plastic?
Don’t get caught unprepared again. We have resources available.
Hancock County COAD