Lessons To Be Learnt and Actions To Be Taken From Disasters Occurring Weeks Before 9/11/2011:
As we approach the 10th year anniversary of 9/11 terrorist disaster event the U.S. public can take satisfaction in the fact that all government agencies and executive leadership learnt valuable lessons from the tragic events of that day in 2001 and took bold and effective actions at home and abroad to prevent and cope with human and economic losses from such man-made disasters.
Man-made disasters are entirely unpredictable compared to natural disasters which are being constantly tracked by some of U.S. federal agencies effectively (such as USGS for earthquakes and NOAA for weather related and tsunami events).
However, there is obvious disconnect in agencies at all government levels to prepare for and respond to these extreme natural disasters in order to protect our communities, properties, businesses, and vital lifeline infrastructure assets (such as roads, bridges, tunnels, rails, and landmarks).
Keeping in view the impacts of the August 23, 2011 earthquake followed by Hurricane Irene that rocked and flooded the Eastern United States, I like to survey the readers to improving government agency preparedness and response for the protection of national lifeline infrastructure assets.
Please list up to 10 answers/recommendations related to:
– Lessons to be learnt (maximum 10)
– Actions to be taken (maximum 10)
Please provide your lists in the above two categories by making online comment to this blog post. Your feedback will be helpful if it is specific and useful for our executive branch of government and the U.S. Congress. If lifeline infrastructure protection requires investment for the right reasons then it will also create numerous jobs at home and will move U.S. sluggish economy at a faster pace.
(Photos: courtesy of Hely S. Gonzalez, Florida)