Deadly Indifference: The Perfect (Political) Storm: by Michael D. Brown

By Michael D. Brown

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I was transfixed. This had been a family’s home, built where disaster was inevitable the moment any leakage occurred from the levee that 40╇╇╇╇╇ D e a d l y I n d i f f e r e n c e had been built God knew how many decades earlier and never properly maintained. This had been a home purchased in denial of where it was located and the fragility of their safety. I never learned if everyone escaped unharmed, though I pray they did. Instead I witnessed both the validity of our department’s planning thirteen months earlier, and the emotional and intellectual disconnect between the theoretical, on which we trained, and the reality of human reactions we could not anticipate.

We also had broader responsibility than local first responders. However, we also knew that the cities likely to be affected during hurricane season would have done their own preplanning. They would have identified resources available for everything from identifying safe shelter areas to the location of trucks, buses, and other vehicles for moving supplies, assisting with any evacuation, and transporting the sick and injured to or from area medical centers. Cities and the states also had mutual assistance agreements with each other so that resources around the country could be shared.

Hurricane Tests Emergency Agency at Time of Ferment”) Funding requests like this are always tricky. We had no immediate danger to point to when making our request. We also knew that there were those politicians who felt that by naming a potential problem you had somehow caused it. However, we recognized that it was precisely because there was no immediate threat that we needed to do the work. People often assume that cities, states, and counties are prepared for catastrophic events. Law enforcement agencies have evacuation plans; though they are often planned in great detail they are quite limited.

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