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How Japan Became a Leader in Disaster Preparation
It all depends on how they react .Strangely enough, however, there’s evidence that politicians don’t get credit for spending money preparing adequately for a potential disasterjust for spending to alleviate disasters’ effects. That dynamic sets up some “perverse incentives,” according to Stanford professor Neil Malhotra, who co-authored a 2009 study with Loyola Marymount professor Andrew Healy on the politics of natural disasters. “The government might under-invest in preparedness measures and infrastructure development in exchange for paying for disaster relief, since there are no electoral rewards for prevention,” says Malhotra. “Since 1988, the amount of money the U.S. spends on disaster relief has increased 13 times while the amount spending on disaster preparedness has been flat.” The worst part is that preventative spending, Malhotra says, reinforces the old Ben Franklin saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It really is more effective to spend money on getting ready for a natural disaster than trying to mitigate its effects after the fact. “We estimated that $1 in preparedness spending is worth $15 in relief payments in preventing future disasters,” Malhotra says. That’s something to keep in mind as Mitt Romney hastily rebrands his campaign events as “hurricane relief” rallies and Barack Obama sends out photographs of himself coordinating the federal government’s hurricane response: Politicians get much more credit for their reaction to disasters like Sandy than they do for trying to ensure disasters don’t cause so much damage in the first place.
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For Politicians, an Ounce of Disaster Preparation Is Worth Nothing
World War Z author Max Brooks lectures Fifth U.S. Army about the importance of preparing for disasters, like the zombie onslaught. Photo: U.S. Army Sensible, right? The real hero of Brooks work soon to be adapted into a Brad Pitt movie ; approach with caution is prep work and logistics. Brooks Zombie Survival Guide is full of preparedness tips valuable for a variety of disasters : keep a versatile tool like a Swiss army knife handy; have a system to purify your water; make sure youve got dry socks; get a radio that doesnt rely on battery power. Brooks is a cult hero inside the Army.
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Army’s Disaster Prep Now Includes Tips From the Zombie Apocalypse
At many Japanese schools, first-day-of-class celebrations include an evacuation drill. Even the Prime Minster participates: at this year’s closing ceremony, Naoto Kan spoke about the importance of “mutual aid” in times of crisis. “I would like to ensure that the government will prepare itself for disaster, together with the people, so that it can confidently say that ‘Providing is preventing,’ ” he said. Japan boasts the world’s most sophisticated earthquake early-warning systems. Emergency drills organized by public and private organizations work, among other things, to transport “stranded” commuters from their offices to their homes. Japan’s tsunami warning service, set up in 1952, consists of 300 sensors around the archipelago, including 80 aquatic sensors that monitor seismic activity 24/7.
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