Disaster Fatigue

2017 fires
(cc) 2017 Dicklyon Aerial view of smoke from the 2017 fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties, California, viewed from near the south end of Lake Berryessa, nearest to the Atlas fire and looking toward the Nuns fire. Point Reyes is visible in the distance.

Fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, rolling back the Clean Air Act, Harvey, Irma, Maria, defunding the EPA, Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas, California, climate change denial becomes policy, sexual harassment, World War III, floods, droughts: If you follow the news you have heard about all of these incidents. It gets to be overwhelming. In this country alone hundreds of thousands of people are being worn down by the constant barrage of bad news. This country has been through this to some extent before, for example during the Depression and during the late 1960s and the Viet Nam War. However, today people are plugged in and it takes effort to avoid the news. We don’t have to wait for the delivery of the morning newspaper. We can follow “the news” constantly online.

Grist has an article about “disaster fatigue/compassion fatigue/secondary trauma syndrome” (After the disaster comes disaster fatigue. Here’s how to fight it. October, 2017 by Ask Umbra).

Humans aren’t made to process an unlimited amount of trauma. In fact, we’re wired to protect ourselves against it. . . . seeing so much destruction and feeling incapable of doing anything leads to a kind of moral distress.

We all need to take a step back, breathe deeply, and take a break. Taking care of ourselves is a priority in times like these. Let’s make it a habit.

Fall/Winter Weather

Yesterday afternoon was lovely. It was sunny with temperatures around 60°. It was great weather for raking leaves.

fall

Overnight the weather changed… We’re expecting a hard freeze tomorrow morning with lows in the 20s.

Snow

Billion Dollar Disasters, 2017

2017-billion-dollar-disaster-map
2017 Public Domain, NOAA

The weather and climate disasters depicted above do not include Hurricane Harvey. The nine events above all happened this year and the economic cost of each event is $1,000,000,000.00 at minimum.

The NOAA report (Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Overview) found that the average number of billion-dollar events during 1980-2016, was 5.5 events per year. When looking at more recent years, 2012-2016, the average jumps to 10.6 events per year. This is not normal. This is very expensive. The map above is not yet complete. We still have several months left in 2017. I wonder how many more billion-dollar disasters will be added to the map at the end of the year.

Disaster in Texas

BBQ Relief

Operation BBQ Relief is mobilizing assets and securing resources to address the impending destruction that currently is in the path of Hurricane Harvey. We are prepared to feed the first responders and people affected by this monster storm. However, we will need your help. Yes you. We will need volunteers and donations to fill the need that Harvey will cause. If you can give some time, we will need it. If you can give money or donations in kind, we need that too. Please click on the link above and give whatever you can. We appreciate and respect your time and money.

This is a good organization that provides food for people dealing with disasters. Help out if you can.