Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Superstorm Sandy, Preparation and Reaction

It is interesting watching how various people, towns, cities and states deal with natural disasters. With in-your-face TV, radio and Internet coverage, we have an encyclopedia of cause/effect. Whether it is tsunamis in Asia, tornadoes in the heartland, earthquakes along the Pacific Ring of Fire, floods in the Asian sub-continent, famines in Africa, cyclones in the Pacific, or hurricanes in the Atlantic, Mother Nature wreaks its havoc, discriminating against none.

As members of the LDS Church, we have been counciled for decades to prepare for the unexpected, which could be man-made or natural. Food, water, shelter, clothing, power and a plan are core to any emergency preparedness plan. Despite advanced warnings, some prepare, others do not; some heed the advise of the weather and government experts, others ignore it.

We have little control of what happens during a natural disaster. However, we do control what we do prior to ingress of a natural disaster and how we react afterwards. New York and New Jersey residents, for the most part, acted exemplary. Of course the media covers the exceptions.

True character comes to the surface in times like these. How we react to the loss of a home or car, the absence of power or gasoline, the lack or running water and waste disposal, is telling. Some take advantage of those in need, whether it is charging unreasonable prices, issuing blame without full knowledge, or participating in aggressive language and dialog.

In more cases than not, it is those in blue, urban areas who do the biggest complaining. It is those in red areas that realize the government is limited and that it is better to take things into your own hands.

Government has a roll but blaming it for not getting what you think you need is the entitlement mindset of those that favor more and bigger government.

On the eve of a presidential election, those that think the government is the answer to most of our problems will vote for more of the same. Those that realize that the government is not the end-all will for a change.

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