The effects of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt in the areas hit. A program that will improve response and recovery from such disasters should be planned and reviewed. The main problem is the level of awareness and preparedness for such natural disasters (Comfort, Boin, & Demchak, 2010). Disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and many others that have occurred in the past are response and recovery from its aftershocks. The areas prone to hurricane activity, the community should plan what to do in case of such disasters. For example, they organize mock evacuation activities; train the people what they should do (Public Entity Risk Institute, 2001). This may include having a safe room to protect themselves from the strong violent winds. In the case of flooding, that may be brought about by the hurricane, people should move to the highest point in the area. These areas should be located and identified, and made known to the people of that area.
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A more recent incident is the Boston Marathon bombing. This was an unfortunate and unexpected terrorist attack to the people of Boston. Investigations on the causes, and to find the attacker are underway. Such emergencies were not anticipated and everyone was shocked. There were several casualties and others dead including a child. Having a responsive and recovery plan in this case would have aided in providing aid to the casualties and injured (Gaines & Kappeler, 2012). This requires having ambulances and fire trucks available and on standby everyday as no one knows when these disasters will strike. Everyone should be vigilant to notice suspicious activities, behaviours and unmarked potentially dangerous packages. No one can fully be prepared for any of these disasters (Leflar, 2012).
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