Long Term Sustainable Economic and Environmental Development and the Antidotes for Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery
Natural or man-made disasters have challenged our ability to respond to disasters many times in the first 10 years of this millennium. Disasters often impact large geographic regions as recent mass casualties demonstrate. Large numbers of people often are injured or die in many of these disasters that severely damage or destroy most of the existing infrastructure.Focused efforts and concentrated resources address disasters in most societies once extreme loss of life, property, and infrastructure occur, leading to even more disastrous short and long-term consequences. Surprisingly, disaster zones and remote villages have much in common. These have little to no infrastructure, lack sufficient sources of power, and clean water is scarce to non-existent.
While these efforts must continue after the fact, we already have the tools to implement measures before a disaster strikes that can ensure a safer and more effective recovery from the worst disasters while creating environmentally responsible living for millions of people around the world. The answers lie in the creative use of nature’s own renewable resources, pre-planning security, emergency procedures, and resources to provide relief efforts after a disaster strikes demands focus, coordination, and continual practice. The “Power for Peace” program provides disaster recovery capabilities both before and after a disaster. Even more than disaster recovery, it sponsors programs to radically improve everyday health and quality of life in underserved areas around the world, particularly after a disaster strikes.
For More Information
- For an ARTICLE about this program written by Dr. Sam Hancock, Mike Lee, Christine Robinson, and Scott Sklar, please see the Common Defense Quarterly, Spring 2011 Edition (p. 34-37)
- The”Power for Peace” (PowerPoint)