Do people really believe the government would help in a true national disaster?

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  1. peeples profile image93
    peeplesposted 5 years ago

    Do people really believe the government would help in a true national disaster?

    Not that the government wouldn't want to help, but if the world was in chaos do you really believe your government would have the ability to help YOU? If not have you prepared for that type of situation?

  2. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    Yes, FEMA would be right there for all of us in a few days.  smile

    1. lone77star profile image82
      lone77starposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Or a few weeks... or months... wink

    2. profile image0
      JThomp42posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      True Lone. lol

    3. fpherj48 profile image78
      fpherj48posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Americans would be MUCH better off if the government would STAY AWAY.  All they ever do, is screw things up.  Can we just take a little look around the MESS they've gotten us into?

  3. expertscolumn profile image75
    expertscolumnposted 5 years ago

    I think they have every desire to help and would help but they are limited. There are far more people than any amount of people in the field working for the government. Sometimes people might receive disproportionate aid. It is important to not panic and to stay calm and take care as best you can.

  4. fpherj48 profile image78
    fpherj48posted 5 years ago

    Why would the government do that?   They haven't thus far.  They're much better at CAUSING disaster.   Look around, peeples.  Personally, I'd just like them to shut up and stay away for a nice change.

  5. Renee Abbott profile image83
    Renee Abbottposted 5 years ago

    If they can quit pointing fingers and bullying each other , perhaps.

    Either way, I do not want the Government in my business. am sure many would laugh regarding fema and their rapid ability to help.

  6. ahorseback profile image76
    ahorsebackposted 5 years ago

    Peeples  ,  Happy new year , Yes the federal government is there and will always be .!  We recieve money  and resources back from the feds in more ways than just fema .  Highway funds , medicare dollars ,even in regulatory oversight  It could however ,only help untill it is overwhelmed by the forces of nature or of the size of the disaster !  A Dirty bomb .......don't look for much help .  A major natural catastrophy as a an asteroid or the yellowstone caldron blowing sky high . Forget it .  for you and I though in general , they are there .

  7. Sherry Hewins profile image96
    Sherry Hewinsposted 5 years ago

    The main concern of the government in a disaster is to maintain order. No, I do not believe they would be much help to me. If Katrina is any example, they actually prevent people from helping themselves.

    1. fpherj48 profile image78
      fpherj48posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      And that's the TRUTH.   Thanks, but NO, thanks.  We'll do much better for ourselves than having government idiots bumbling around!

  8. Charlu profile image80
    Charluposted 5 years ago

    Honesty No!  The reason being is there are national disasters taking place as we speak. Just take a look at the economy, our debt, the enormous of people that die due to not being able to afford health care (from children to the elderly) and suffer along the way, women and children being slaughtered because government agencies can't get help for those with mental health disorders, or control the smuggling of guns and drugs,etc. Shoot they make us suffer just trying to waste time arguing over our tax cuts. Do you really think if it was something that affected them dramatically it would take this long to make a decision on taxes? What if it was cutting out their expense accounts:)?

    National disaster?? How much further does it have to go and do you really think that if it covered the entire nation we have the manpower? The only reason people get help as quick as they do is because it has always been in one area of one or two states not the entire nation.

  9. Express10 profile image87
    Express10posted 5 years ago

    No way. Katrina and Sandy are examples that should inspire many to be more like the ant rather than the grasshopper.

  10. Shanti Perez profile image74
    Shanti Perezposted 5 years ago

    I think there would be help from the various organizations, both government and private sector, in the event of a national disaster; however, I do not necessarily believe the government is adequately equipped to help in a timely, organized fashion with disasters of a catastrophic magnitude. There are many issues that were not dealt with during recent hurricane disasters. One would hope lessons have been learned from the lack of preparedness. But it isn't a secret that degrading infrastructure and emergency personnel vs. pedestrian population create a recipe for significant death toll, depending on the location, type and severity of the event.

  11. Disappearinghead profile image76
    Disappearingheadposted 5 years ago

    I'm not an American, so my view is limited here. However, I watched a re-run of the UK Top Gear TV programme the other day where they did a road trip from Florida to Louisiana, and a year after Katrina there was little evidence of any clear up and rebuild.

    So where was your federal government when the people needed them? Not just immediately following, but long term? Perhaps this is what America wants, no big government intrusion, and let the private enterprise and the market run society. However this model only works for the wealthy and those that private enterprise can make a profit from.

    1. ahorseback profile image76
      ahorsebackposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I believe that as Americans we have forgotten what a natural disaster really is !  An occurance thats out of mans control and if its out of mans control how the hell is the governmeent going to help anyway . One more way we are more entitled!

    2. fpherj48 profile image78
      fpherj48posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ahorse.....I believe the question was regarding help & assistance due to devastation, AFTER  natural disaster -not in terms of the disaster itself. In either case,the answer is that government can't help.  They can't stop tripping over their own

  12. thomasczech profile image66
    thomasczechposted 5 years ago

    We can not rely on government help during any type of disaster. We must always be prepared in case of disaster so that we can be self reliant. During disaster, the government agencies that are supposed to be helping will be overwhelmed, so if we are able to be self sufficient, that would be less burden on them.
    Prepare now, have water, dry foods, canned foods, medical, tools for making fire etc.

  13. LandmarkWealth profile image79
    LandmarkWealthposted 5 years ago

    Anybody who thinks the gov't will help you in a natural disaster should take a ride down to the southern part of Queens NY and wathc the FEMA workers.  My cousin has been voluntering her time down there to help out ever since hurricane Sandy. It's still a mess 2 months later.  She literally had to wake up FEMA employees from napping and tell them where to take supplies because they didn't know what to do.  Meanwhile they gave her and all the other volunteers attitudes and complained about being asked to help out.  FEMA is an absolute joke !!!


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