- Annabelle Macneal
- Baltimore, MD
- United States
Iatse local 798
Preparing our cities for coming global upheavals (climatic, societal, man made and natural catastrophes) by neighborhoods, by city blocks.
(orig. posted on April,2011)In recent weeks, we've experienced a preview of what our world is heading to. Revolution in the Arab world, unimaginable destruction in Japan, and many other calamities brought about by climate change that will greatly affect our future life in this planet.
We believe that fire drills are important and effective, yet we don't apply this common sense idea to a larger scope which is our cities, neighborhoods, city blocks, streets, homes, individuals. We have no coherent plans to prepare these sections of society to many unforeseen catastrophes.
My idea is to create very local responses to major upheavals and catastrophes by organizing each city blocks where residents are responsible for protecting their blocks and where many will be trained to be first responders rather than just wait for help ( that may take days or weeks) to arrive. We can organize food, water, and energy saving and sharing schemes that will sustain our individual blocks until outside help arrives. If these societal saving drills are implemented and become a part of our everyday lives, it may greatly improve our chances in surviving major disasters.