i agree with you jan, it always imply unpreparedness dooms for another occurrence of another tragedy. while some of the people from the government attending climate change talk, information dissemination should start at community level. but it always ponders me, while we are looking and probe of reasons why it happened? According to FRITZ INSTITUTE site on disaster preparedness cycle; management and coordination, response, support, life safety, protection, emergency coping, initiation of recovery and hazard knowledge is all we need to know and expound. I believe that when next disaster strikes (god forbids), it will be easier for the rescue to point out areas that is badly hit and needed help. thanks for enlightening jan, and hope that this also help our nation to gain fast recovery from this ordeal so lets continue to pray.
we can think of a thousand reasons, but with the scale in which it came, nobody could've been wiser. no implementation of any law could've prevented it. no amount of planning could have imagined its immensity. a month's worth of downpour in six hours? as with any disaster-stricken country in the world, the Ondoy experience I hope can reshape government policies on climate change and disaster preparedness. what we have in our hands can only do so much against nature's wrath, but we need to do something and begin somewhere. most motivations for comprehensive risk reduction plans and policies for disaster preparedness are drawn from sad, tragic experiences of communities. we just had one, and it's not just some ship listing somewhere, but it got to us in the form of an entire city being swept by a tumble of muck. at no other time in our country's life do we need more creative thinkers than now. some people will just have to sit down and think of a better plan. maybe, for a start, begin with community involvement, coordination among government agencies, better communication facilities, identification of disaster-prone areas, and so on and so forth. let's fund even the hypothetical because maybe it'll be much cheaper that way than being reactionary. There are lessons to learn from the policies of Bangladesh, India, Japan, even the US after Katrina.