Judi Clark: Emergency Preparedness

by Plutopia News Network
Photo of a traffic sign in a flood, by Kelly Sikkema.

Judi Clark is an Analyst and an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. She joins Plutopians as we do a deep dive into emergency response, and ways we can be better prepared.

Judi Clark: If there are people who don’t want to really coordinate with this system, they’re not going to be very effective. They’re just going to be out doing stuff, and that’s going to be complicating everything that’s going on. Complicating any response effort. The other thing is in a fire, or in a situation where there’s an evacuation that’s necessary, there will often be people who – there’s people who are not ready for an evacuation, and the first thing they’ll do is walk around the house in circles, and say “What do I do? What do I do? What do I do?” And then they’ll start calling their neighbors, saying “What do I do? What do I do?” And then they’ll start calling the the neighbors – ” What do I do? What do I do?” And it goes on from there. They may or may not evacuate themselves very well. But there almost always will be people who say “No, I’m not evacuating, I’m going to stay and I’m going to fight for my house,” or whatever. And I don’t know if there’s a Venn diagram where there’s overlap of the people who just resist authority generally, and people who want to stay home and not evacuate, to save their house from whatever comes.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

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