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Submitted by Xenoveritas on
Robert Sunley (not verified)

This life cycle shows that we accept disasters will happen and that we learn from them to reduce their effects next time. You cannot simply prevent disasters as you seem to be suggesting. How would you go about preventing an earthquake or a tidal wave?

Mon, 01/19/2009 - 11:51 Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

In reply to by Robert Sunley (not verified)

You are dumb, FEMA is explaining that you can prevent some disasters (example: disaster is a human caused event such as conflicts, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism etc.),and you can prevent some of the hazards caused by the disasters. Do your research... there is more than one type of disaster. ALSO, FEMA isn't causing the disasters, disasters cycle in nature. WHICH is why they put some much emphasis on the mitigation and being prepared, so you are more ready for the next disaster.
Wed, 10/28/2009 - 13:49 Permalink

I'd imagine this is gonna get pulled soon-ish as the Daily Show just covered this, but...

About FEMA: What We Do

As of now, this displays the current cycle:

DISASTER -> Response -> Recovery -> Mitigation -> Risk Reduction -> Prevention -> Preparedness -> DISASTER (repeat)

The disaster life cycle describes the process through which emergency managers prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond to them when they occur, help people and institutions recover from them, mitigate their effects, reduce the risk of loss, and prevent disasters such as fires from occurring.

"Disaster life cycle?" You expect it to repeat?!

So, apparently, a disaster occurs. Then FEMA responds, aids with recovery, attempts to mitigate the risks discovered (twice?), and takes actions to prevent the same disaster, finally taking steps to enhance preparedness, which leads straight back to - DISASTER!

Disaster's shouldn't have a life cycle - the concept is to prevent them, not cause new disasters...