Report: We’ve Failed Miserably at Preparedness Efforts over the last two decades to prepare communities for disasters have failed and new methodologies need to be developed, according to research by FEMA’s Higher Education Program. Report: We’ve Failed Miserably at Preparedness by Jim McKay / March 1, 2019 A review of the last couple of decades of the federal government’s approach to developing more disaster-resilient communities yielded the stark affirmation that those efforts have failed because of a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach that doesn’t reach most communities. A better approach, a new FEMA Higher Education Program report says, is to develop individual cultures of preparedness from the bottom up that could eventually lead to a more resilient nation. The report was the result of a two-day workshop that convened 39 expert scholars and practitioners at Georgetown University to discuss how to build a culture of preparedness. The theme of the report is that to build a culture of preparedness, the efforts from the past that have been mostly ineffective should be abandoned in favor of efforts that encourage local engagement through “culture brokers” with individual communities. Follow link for the rest of the article: Report: We’ve Failed Miserably at Preparedness When I read articles like the one linked above I wonder how we got to the point where the government is responsible for teaching people basic preparedness. Where in the last 100 years did people stop passing on information and basic skills to the next generation? Everything has become to a rely on someone else world. The majority of people live in or near urban areas, that is the truth and it will not change. So how can it be turned around and we become a more resilient nation in regards to disaster preparedness? How can people get it through their heads to store a few things? Ever single hurricane we see store shelves wiped bare, yet these people live in hurricane areas so why does this happen every disaster? A monkey and a fish were caught in a terrible flood and were being swept downstream amidst torrents of water and debris. The monkey spied a branch from an overhanging tree and pulled himself to safety from the swirling water. Then, wanting to help his friend the fish, he reached into the water and pulled the fish from the water onto the branch. The moral of the story is clear: Good intentions are not enough. If you wish to help the fish, you must understand its nature. The report linked in the excerpt I pasted talks about teaching preparedness in college and universities but what about the large portion of people that do not attend college or the U? Should the old fashion boy-scouts be mandatory for all kids? How do we turn it around so that people start thinking and planning just in-case tomorrow disaster happens?