When it comes to disasters, rescue is nearly always “too little and too late”.
Though many people are surprised to hear this, it remains a proven fact, time
after time. This occurs due to a variety of factors, including the very nature of
some disasters. It’s also caused by a set of very human factors as well. In this
blog, I’ll share with you, the very real reason why disaster response doesn’t
work, even in the most affluent societies on earth. There are three main
sources of medical care available to the victims injured by disasters: local,
national and international.
The number of disasters is increasing worldwide.
During the past five decades (1964-2013), nearly 20 thousand environmental disasters (not to include epidemics, wars, and conflict-related famines) were reported to have killed 5.4 million people worldwide, affected 7 billion lives and resulted in property damage exceeding 2.7 billion US dollars. Environmental disasters comprised 93% (natural disasters, 53%; and technological disasters, 40%) of the world’s disasters declared during that time as compared to 7% caused by all the world’s biological disasters (pandemics, epidemics and outbreaks).
In general, weather-related disasters are, by far, the most frequent disaster occurrences in the world,
My story begins in the Midwestern United States during the mid-1960s with My Weekly Reader, a weekly educational magazine designed for children. Kids in schools throughout the United States (over 5 million of us at one point in time) received the weekly reader as part of our classroom studies. Each class level in grade school had a different version of the weekly reader, based upon age-adjusted interests and reading levels. On a regular basis, a small catalog was also included were we could order short paperback books on various subjects of interest. On one occasion, I saw a book on tornadoes,