While the world was in jubilation mood following free and fair election in US, hundreds of US people had lost their lives, thousand left homeless and massive destruction witness resulting from Hurricane Sandy. Though hurricanes are not quite often, the magnitude of their effects triggers a reason to worry and prepare adequately. As evidenced from the previous scenarios, hurricane leads to destruction of communication and transport channels, affects the environment and sanitation, cuts down power supply, and destruction of infrastructures culminating to injuries, displacement and deaths. These effects need immediate collaborative intervention to control problem exacerbation (US. Environmental Protection Agency, 2012).
Response to hurricane disasters requires a well organized framework from the collaborative team. A clear flow of command will enhance the rescue mission where individuals in the mission understand their jurisdiction. The need to reduce confusion among the rescue tames led to development of National Incident Management System (NIMS), in America, that assumes command in cases of disasters. NISM is composed several departmental personnel trained and certified to respond to disasters effectively. In case of a hurricane disaster, NIMS is expected to coordinate rescue and service delivery. The governing rules, in US, in response to disaster are delineated in National Policy Environmental Act and Disaster relief and Emergency Assistance Act. These Acts delineate the extent to which the responders will exercise their mandate. Hurricane preparedness and response requires a collaborative approach where federal and state government agencies, local authorities, non-governmental organizations and individual persons pull their efforts and resources together to address the problem. This unity is affirmed in the Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness signed in 2011 (Manning, 2012).
In conclusion, sound hurricane disaster preparedness culminates to steadfast disaster alertness, screening and vulnerability reduction, attention to critical needs such as health, food and air, and evacuation from the incidence site.
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