Fires have just ravaged through California, leaving thousands homeless and destitute. The final death toll is still unknown. Many that are missing are feared to be dead, trapped in their homes, vehicles or struck down by burning debris. Only a little over a month ago, Hurricane Michael barreled through the small towns of Florida's panhandle leaving devastation in its wake.
So what happens to all the money pumped into these areas after a crisis? Does it ever get into the hands of the individual citizens who suffered the most from these events?
The following is an excerpt from an article by Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Despite its enormous scale and destruction, the California wildfires, have hardly made the top of the news cycle. To paraphrase one Twitter user, the lack of focused narrative and the incredible amount of damage makes the event difficult to describe, let alone trumpet on the evening news.
Still, like Mr. Rogers often quoted his mother as saying, “Where there is tragedy, there are heroes.” Many have pulled together, from all parts of the country, stars and average Americans, poor and wealthy, to offer whatever comfort they can in the midst of these hard times.
Actor James Woods, who boasts an incredible presence on Twitter and is also a vocal conservative, turned his platform into a bulletin board of sorts, tweeting photos of lost or displaced loved ones and animals by geographical tags. As a result, many people started to reconnect to their animals and family members. Other Hollywood stars who disagree with Woods politically, like Alyssa Milano and Patton Oswalt, thanked him publicly for using his platform for good.
One of the most difficult aspects of the fires was how quickly they came tearing through residences and towns. Many families had to try to escape with what little they could fit into a vehicle. This story of the effort to quickly evacuate 91 elderly, ill men and women from a nursing home is harrowing and inspiring. Somehow, against all odds, the director managed to get nearly 100 people evacuated in a short amount of time.
For many people who had to evacuate, they were either forced to leave their beloved pets behind, or the pets ran off in the flurry of activity. All animal lovers know cats, dogs, horses, and others are not just pets but part of the family. Even seemingly small acts of kindness, like helping people get reunited with their animals, show beautiful acts of humanity in an otherwise difficult time.
Celebrities which were affected because they had houses in the area have raised money to help those affected. The amount needed though long term for everyone is only a drop in the bucket.
What will happen after this disaster fades from the headlines? Even for those that have insurance they might find it impossible to rebuild their homes. The California Department of Insurance warned that many insurance companies might not renew policies or simply stop writing homeowners policies in areas with the highest fire risk. They also warned against anticipated rate increases, and for parts of the state to be reclassified from safe to high-risk.
The dust has not settled and finger pointing has only started as to what are the causes of all the fires. Is it just nature, or as some conspiracy theorists postulate an effort to depopulate the areas using environmental protection as a cover?
Just food for thought.
Source - Washington Examiner
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by Marlene Pardo Pellicer