An article in "City Journal" online recently referred to the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities effort as "left leaning".

Did you know the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities initiative is 'liberal' and 'left-leaning'?

A recent article in "City Journal" name-dropped Ayn Rand and claimed to channel Aristotle. See the article link below.  Decide yourselves. 

Ayn Rand actually reminds me of another icon of 'individual responsibility' - the Bug Out Bag.

Whether it's a 24, 48, or 72 hour 'B-O-B' - I think we can all agree it should be part of your individual and family disaster preparedness. I admit to being lazy when it came to putting my bag together, but there really is no excuse if you live where earthquakes, wildfires, floods, or power outages longer than 8-12 hours frequently occur.

YouTube makes learning to build a bag very easy and if you don't want to drive or bike all over town and hate to order online, you can easily assemble a practical and complete B-O-B at your local Walmart. Watch a demo - just type into Google: "Walmart Bug out Bag"... and enjoy.

I am fairly sure that almost everyone agrees having a well thought out and ready-to-go bug-out-bag is an important element of preparedness. Why not, then, take that awareness and motivation to the next level? Say, for example, across communities, towns, cities? I know this may seem a bit like 'preaching to the choir', but it's my first blog so please bear with me.

From my study of this segment it would seem that the California Resilience Alliance and other organizations like the Rockefeller Foundation have been trying to build awareness and get people talking about some issues that aren't always simple and easy to discuss. Both organizations realize and promulgate the importance and need for key individuals to reach across the many physical, social and economic lines and political boundaries in order to succeed.

We all understand that 'resilience' means more than simply being prepared for natural and man-made disasters.

During an interview on "Inside Silicon Valley", Peter Ohtaki mentioned "stovepiping" and how it affected disasters like Katrina and Sandy, among others. He reminded me that concerned citizens need to work together to encourage key individuals all across our cities to openly discuss the ways and means with which private business and public institutions are working together to build their city's resilience to stand up to the challenges facing us now and well into the future..

Tom Chapman

Further reading:

Rockefeller Vs. Exxon - http://tinyurl.com/plkfhmm

City Journal Article - http://tinyurl.com/l6srcnp

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