Posts Tagged ‘ response to disaster ’

For Some, Disasters Multiplied and Hope Energized

Apr 28th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

You are one of those who live in the Gulf Coast areas most impacted by the Oil Spill. There has been no settlement. You are on razor’s edge. The perception is that fish from the Gulf can’t be trusted to be safe. Your own situation continues to spiral out of control.

You live in one of those southeastern states recently slammed by a tornado. Some of your neighbors died… teens, children, older people. Homes and communities have been literally wiped off the map. They are no more.

Your son or husband is serving in the military and is being shipped out to one of those tense countries in the Middle East where danger is epidemic.



Seniors: Framing Our Response to Disasters

Mar 14th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Like a toy box turned upside down with all its contents spilled across the floor and into the bathtub, this latest disaster, an 8.9 earthquake in Japan, has hit at the heart of that great country. Surely, even with all the preparations for that fault line infested country, there were those who thought or felt that it couldn’t happen there. But happen there, and in Haiti and New Zealand and previously elsewhere, it did. It is enough to arouse fear even in the most courageous and doubting.

Lying awake at night now, those most directly affected, one may wonder what will be next. Our world seems to be on a topsy turvy collision course with disasters of natural and human made provocation. Storms come, buildings fall, explosions rip apart and elders and children flee. It is a scene straight out of a movie made to terrorize the mind and shake one’s very soul.