What does it take to make us better prepared to cope with life's disasters?

In this world of live television, it is likely that few people have missed sight of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

The overwhelming sense of helplessness permeates the lives of thousands of victims in New Orleans and other areas affected by Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. You need cold steel in your heart and ice water in your veins so you do not feel the pain of their plight.

Some modeled Katrina's pattern before its catastrophic course was not "something to worry about" as it destroyed 95 mph across parts of Miami, eventually causing losses of about $ 100 million. This was before she closed her eyes on New Orleans.

Why do people pretend that certain things will not happen to them? Such as premature death … or disruption … or out of food and water.

Even when the crisis situation is close and in our face we tend to reject it quickly. For example, the sight of the car accident that we just passed as assistants was putting passengers seriously injured in the ambulance. You can see the blood pools in the street and the twisted metal with the broken glass scattered everywhere.

After that, once the incident scene was over, we began to accelerate too quickly above the declared limits. Out of sight and out of mind.

Why do not we take these life experiences seriously enough to prepare for the worst?

On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida. It has destroyed Homestead, Florida City and parts of Miami before continuing in the northwest Gulf of Mexico to hit the coast of Louisiana.

The storm was responsible for 40 deaths and $ 30 billion of property losses. At that time, this was the most expensive disaster in the history of the United States.

We have just just begun to calculate the cost of Hurricane Katrina. More than likely, it will be beyond our ability to imagine.

During August and September 2004, Florida was harassed by hurricanes Charlie, Dennis, Ivan and Jan. The damage was amazing and might have predicted things to come – like Katrina.

So, why do not we prepare better for these dramas of natural nature? Why ignore the fact that what happened before will certainly happen again?

On September 11, 1992 (less than a month after Andrew) Hurricane Iniki chronicled every telephone column and hundreds of trees on Kauai Island in Hawaii. Luckily no one was killed and yet Preparation This disaster was Delayed Because it was originally expected to be less severe.

Planning a disaster full of complications. Different administrations of local, state, and federal governments often clash because of opposing views or budgetary constraints.

Interesting is not it? When the panic is with us … When disaster strikes … We often rise to the occasion. However, we often fail to prepare for future disasters that can threaten the lives of our family.

If we are as smart as we are, we will help ourselves and our families by storing the provisions that should be used, if necessary, for our survival. More information can be found at http://www.survival-center.com.

It seems that compassion is easier than wisdom. Is this because it is easier to write the check than spend time in developing a plan for our survival?

But do we check our checks to help those who care?

The Red Cross even acknowledges the existence of funds that will eventually be distributed to parties other than those identified by the shareholders.

This is a proposal for the current relief efforts of the victims. Go to: http://www.jw-media.org and follow the comment about Katrina. I am confident that the cash contributions sent to these people will in fact help our needy friends in Pino.

By the way, I'm not affiliated with either of the two organizations … I have a great deal of respect for the work of the Red Cross and its recent efforts to honor the required allocation of donors.