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Over the last few years, the world has spent untold billions of dollars on disaster relief and recovery. As the developing world comes online and larger countries make the jump to the first world, these losses pile up in a big way.
It’s one thing when a monsoon hits a village of straw huts. It’s another thing, altogether, when you see a monsoon flood a first world city and cause billions in property damage.
This problem is not going away and it’s going happen more often. That means we need to stop worrying so much about disaster relief and the things that happen after a disaster, we need to concern ourselves with what happens before.
So we find ourselves wondering about this: Can we prevent natural disasters?
One of the best ways to make this happen is to affect the building code in a way that demands our structures have the ability to stand up to natural disasters. Instead of focusing on building the cheapest buildings we can, we should demand our cities to be built to withstand the totality of what mother nature can throw at them.
We need a serious culture shift in regards to disaster preparedness. At this moment people are so reactionary towards emergency that they don’t even keep salt on hand in areas that experience snow. They rush out and buy snow shovels every year. Its as though the snow had never fallen in that area before.
We need to emphasize a culture of preparedness. It’s just what has to happen in our society or we are going to fall apart.
What about schools? How come we don’t learn about disaster prevention in school? Why wouldn’t we give the next generation more of a heads up on what is going to come their way? Disaster is a foregone conclusion.