Bumps on the Road to Preparedness

      Bad things happen. Many of us know from personal experience that trees fall on houses, basements flood in heavy rains, and cars crash. The daily news reminds us that toxic impoundment ponds breach, mines and bridges collapse, earthquakes and hurricanes devastate vulnerable places, and drought and wildfires wipe out crops. Although such events can be tragic, they are predictable, and should rarely be surprising.
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