The Diva does not usually do personal essays on this blog, but since it is my blog here goes.
The Diva is concerned with the state of morale of all of the disaster-related workers with whom I have chatted recently — including FEMA staff, Reservists, Red Cross staff and volunteers, researchers, and consultants. I realize that my realm is a small one, but having been in the field for almost 40 years, I do not recall a time of such widespread low morale and pessimism.
I have no idea if this is symptomatic of a national problem, and I do not have the ability to do the research. But, intelligent and well-intentioned folks are frustrated and depressed about their ability to help and serve disaster victims. Our organizations and systems are defeating their efforts.
At a time when the federal government is increasingly unreliable — with short budget cycles and political turnover — it is especially important that non-government sectors of society are adequately prepared and ready to help. How can we overcome the pessimism?
Comments are invited