This is a topic we rarely talk about. Not only do the victims get tired of trying to get assistance but those people whose job it is or who make voluntary efforts to help victims of a disaster get fatigued also. See this article about compassion fatigue in the post-Sandy environment.
Last March, I posted an article from a NZ Red Cross official about her personal experience with burn out after the Christchurch earthquake. That post can be found here.
I invite your comments and any experiences you care to relate.
As was noted in the articles about the H. Sandy recovery proceeding far more slowly than most would like, the same thing is true in Christchurch.
Thanks to Ian McLean of New Zealand for this link to an updated account of the recovery process in Christchurch. Although the article is based heavily on an interview with the former mayor, Bob Parker, Ian noted that much of what Parker had recommended to city officials was not mentioned and that 10 of his recommendations were never acted upon.
Update on March 6th: As if the folks in Christchurch did not have enough to deal with, apparently they just experienced a one in 100 year flood. See this article and video account.
Thanks to Barbara Word for the link
Here are three recent articles about how slowly the recovery is proceeding in NYC. And of course NJ is having its own set of problems rebuilding. Here are two takes on the NYC situation:
Of the 19,920 people who applied for the Build It Back program, none have seen construction work start and only 110 had signed a deal on aid as of last month, according to data analyzed by the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding.
And here is an account of the problems in NJ:
Gov. Christie Blames Slow Sandy Recovery on Federal Government;
At a Town Hall Forum, Residents Complained About the Pace of Rebuilding
He does make an interesting point about the span of control of a governor:”Mr. Christie said the scariest part of being governor was that 65,000 state employees held paper imprinted with his letterhead: I have no idea what they’re doing with it or what they’re not doing with it.”
WHAT: Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar
WHEN: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM ET
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.
TOPIC: Accessing Information About Chemicals and Chemical Hazards
The recent chemical spill in West Virginia illustrates how vulnerable our communities can be to chemical contamination. In this case, little information existed about the chemical and its effects on health. Chemist Shannon Jordon, MPH, of the Specialized Information Services team at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, will speak about how NLM gathered information and created new chemical records that could be used by public health and environmental officials dealing with the spill. This webinar and conference call will also feature tools that can be used to access information about chemicals including WISER and CHEMM.
LOGIN: To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, March 13th, click on https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo
Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.
A box should pop up asking for your phone number.
Enter your phone number and the system will call you.
For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:
A pending proposal explained by Congressional Quarterly on March 4, 2014
With federal disaster aid squeezed by federal spending limits, a bipartisan push has emerged to offer a new type of tax-exempt savings account to help families finance more of their own disaster preparation and recovery costs. Sens. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, are leading the drive for a bill (S 1991) to allow families to make deductible contributions of up to $5,000 annually to disaster savings accounts to help pay for needs and rebuilding after tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and other disasters. A companion bill (HR 3989) is being offered in the House by Reps. Dennis A. Ross, R-Fla., and Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.
S 1991 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals a deduction for amounts contributed to disaster savings accounts to help defray the cost of preparing their homes to withstand a disaster and to repair or replace property damaged or destroyed in a disaster.
HR 3989 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals a deduction for amounts contributed to disaster savings accounts to help defray the cost of preparing their homes to withstand a disaster and to repair or replace property damaged or destroyed in a disaster.
My personal take on this is that the idea sounds good intellectually; but practically, I doubt that many individuals or organizations would actually put money aside for future events.