The blame game is in full swing and for sure, there is a lot of blame to go around. And maybe blame isn’t the even the right word? Maybe more than looking for someone to blame, we need to be looking at what we can learn from this crisis and collectively, looking in the mirror.
A lot of folks are asking questions right now — tough questions that in reality, we shouldn’t have to be asking. But read any comment section of a news article, or spend some time on social media, and you see people asking questions like:
“How were we so unprepared?”
“Why doesn’t this country have a national emergency plan?”
“Why are we having trouble getting PPE?”
“Why are the stores all sold out of___________?” (pretty much everything we need!)
“Why are we so reliant on things made in other countries?”
“Why isn’t the federal government doing more?”
I could go on and on, but you get the picture. And these questions need to be asked, but again, we shouldn’t have to be asking them, because the world really should have been better prepared. There have been global pandemics before and the scientific and medical communities have been warning of the consequences of being unprepared when the next one hit — unfortunately, governments seem to have ignored their warnings.
But why are we so unprepared? Why don’t the U.S. and other countries have a national emergency plan in place? Why are consumers struggling to get supplies and their own PPE and just as important, why isn’t the government addressing these shortages? Lets face it, when the day comes that we can venture back outside, we’re all going to need: masks, home cleaning/sanitizing agents and hand sanitizers, right? We need to be prepared and we need to be able to clean our homes and our hands properly. So why can’t we get any?
Why are we held hostage by the global supply chain? If an American company is manufacturing its products overseas, why are we dependent on getting them from China…they are our products after all, because China is basically assembling them.
I’ve been giving this a lot of thought and I want to share my views on this, because I do believe millions of people share those views. In no particular order of importance, here is what I think:
– National emergency plans: we need a national emergency protocol(s) that can be quickly enacted and disseminated. This emergency plan(s) needs to be well-thought out, with input from experts. For example:
A national emergency plan is developed in the event of a pandemic and that plan is sent out to every person or organization that would be vital, such as: Doctors, retail establishments, Food suppliers/retailers, transportation services, local governments, etc. The plan would give specific guidelines to anyone and everyone who would play a key role during the crisis, so they would know precisely what to do.
Grocery stores and online retailers like Amazon for example, may be given the following directions:
– immediately implement buying limits on products that will be needed by the people, such as paper products, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizers, etc.
– immediately put in place social distancing measures and number of people allowed in at one time, to avoid crowding in the stores
– within 2 weeks, ramp up home delivery capabilities to max capacity
The national emergency plan would give the country a way to immediately respond and even though it may evolve, it would set in motion a semblance of order and organization. The plan should also be easily accessible to every private and government organization that needs it.
– Task force: Who is responsible for what? The federal government needs to have a team already in place. Why is the federal government so disorganized? The faces and names change daily — its as if no one is really in charge. We cannot have that. They need to know who leads and what they lead on. The task force needs to be organized and ready to go, knowing who will get what, who will speak, who will deal with the news media, etc. We don’t have this right now, even though that mechanism had once been in place. What happened to it?
– National security: I think its totally unacceptable that so much is made abroad. We absolutely must bring key industries back to our shores. Never again should we be unprepared because we let greedy corporations make vital products and supplies in a foreign country, just so they could make more money. The government could, as one example:
– determine what industries are vital to national security and defense and require that U.S. companies must either make 100% of those goods here, or at the very least, require that say, 30% is made in the U.S, with the understanding that in a national emergency, they must have the ability to scale up full production here within a certain time-frame.
– Facts: Facts are really lacking right now. Its either that they’re lacking, or they’re getting lost amongst all the clutter of lies and half-truths. Social media is rife with false claims and the mainstream media is also guilty of making matters worse. The national emergency plan needs to have clearly defined roles for who will deal with the press and every American should know who speaks with authority. Right now, due to problems at the federal level, no one knows who to listen to. With a strategic plan in place, at least we could go to authorized sources and have some degree of confidence that what we’re reading is factual
I’m not an expert, so these are my views, but ones that are clearly shared by many Americans. Intelligence reports suggest this virus was not intentionally released, so there may be no one to blame for it, per se. But we can certainly demand answers as to why we were so unprepared. And that brings me to my next objective…
– Action: Now is the time to write or call your elected representative and demand answers. We need to know why we were so unprepared, why there are no national emergency plans, why the American people can’t get the basic things they need to defend against the virus, why we’re so reliant on foreign countries to get American products…
Please take some time and send that email or letter to our political leaders. When you see an opportunity to ask these questions online, please do so. We can’t allow ourselves to “forget all about it” once this passes, because we will have learned nothing. I hope you’ll share this post and I urge you to demand answers from our government.
“By seeking and blundering we learn.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe