But there is more at stake than just life and property.
The spirit of a community can be damaged or strengthened by a community’s response to a crisis.
The failure of a community to mount a caring, organized response and to take care of neighbors in need can cause people to lose faith –
faith in community,
faith in their country,
even faith in humanity itself.
A successful relief and recovery effort can actually make a community stronger, more connected, and more united than it was before the disaster.
We call this Community Self-Rescue.
The decisions we make now and the preparations we undertake are the keys to success in the challenges we face today and the greater challenges to come.