This is a map of current disasters around the world. This does not include recent disasters, such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Imagine for a second that you are an organization trying to help people all over the world, or even in your own area of the world. Something happens, and you send resources. Something else happens, and you send what resources you have left. Then something else happens. Relief organizations do a lot of good, but they have a limit. While supporting great relief organizations, like @teamrubicon @salvationarmyus or @americanredcross (or any other that you like more), the number one thing that any person can and should do is to prepare your own homes. If you are involved in a disaster, the more self-reliant you are, the better off you will be. If you are able to help your neighbors in that time, the help you provide may come days before official relief can get to you. As the Brock Long quote states, the federal government is not there to respond. FEMA is not going to arrive to clear the rubble of a fallen building. Your state will coordinate and manage the response, with support from the federal government, and the people on the ground will be the local responders.
Imagine if we had a federal fire department you had to call to come put out a fire at your house; "Yeah...we'll be there within 48 hours." In many cases, fore safety in the home, as well as having a fire extinguisher, could have prevented the large fire. If it is out of control, you call the local fire department. The same applies for any sort of disaster response, as well as disaster relief. -
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