I reject the notion that collectively, citizens are ill or un-prepared for disaster, and that it is somehow incumbent upon governments to ameliorate this situation.
There are populations that are found to depend on others, at varying degrees, for their life, health and/or welfare and find they’re either unwilling or unable to cope and persevere in the face of change or adversity.
Individual and organizational resilience is a fluctuating state of mind and being; here today, gone tomorrow, affected by many different factors seen and unseen, known and unknown. The actor’s performance in use of these assets and capabilities when the situation dictates tends to inform our opinion on his relative preparedness.
Individuals and organizations consciously and subconsciously select and adapt attributes and actions daily that can have some effect on their resilience and subsequent disaster performance.
This is why we find it ever difficult through public policy to address and induce human behaviors for unforeseen situations, especially remarkable and catastrophic events.
A prescriptive solution applied homogeneously stands little chance for success. The policy expert can neither account for individual and organizational circumstances from his cubicle in Washington, D.C., nor from his office at the county building.
Progress is a benefit of free market activities and is impeded by governments central planning and direction. Planning infers that there is an end game and fortunately the world doesn’t stop turning when the procedures binder is placed on the shelf.