ADULTINGPosted by Cristina Jun 19, 2017 11:55AM
There are time which try us as people, personally and on a larger scale as PEOPLE; people of Earth, people of a certain country or a certain city, as women and as men...
Lately, the world (and I say this with the complete understanding of the fallacy in using the expression) has thrown some hefty stuff at US, all of the above categories and more. I thought the world had thrown some stuff at my own life but apart from all out War in western countries and the world being devoured as in a Hollywood apocalyptic feature, the events of the last 10 years have rapidly multiplied exponentially and seem to be happening at a much more alarming rate.
I would like to assure everyone that I am human and have feelings. I say this because I am planning on being quite non sentimental about a very, very sad event.
I am not cruel or cold in any way, but there are always different facets one can look at in any event and the truth is that some of those are not as popular as others. In today's current political climate it is seemingly OK to be appalled and cry "INJUSTICE" at everything but not so much to be the one who points out the difficulties of making the unjust just in such a complex society as that which we have created for ourselves.
Adding to the, somewhat long-winded, justification above is the fact that I am a bit of a control freak and a natural problem solver. I don't tend to panic and cry at problems and tragedies but rather to look at the instant needs and solutions to mitigate those problems and tragedies - I often to panic and cry just not exclusively, it tends to be accompanied by a couple of questions and a bunch of possible answers and solutions.
Grenfell Tower, 14th June 2017. Tragedy. Problems and questions that come with it within the first 24hours?
NOT how it started. NOT who started it. NOT where it started.
NOT who is to blame. NOT what is to blame. NOT how can we protest.
(in no particular order, only a marginally logical one)
1. Are people now safe? As in, is there anyone else in danger inside or around the building?
2. Are people being treated for their injuries? Are all children accompanied with an adult, preferably one they know?
3. Are people fed and clothed and their dignities and more immediate needs being met? As in, are there any babies being breastfed, with allergies that could cause immediate health hazards to themselves, people without asthma inhalers or insulin?
4. Who is who? What role does the Police play and the fireman, and the councils, and the pcso's and the charities? As in, who do you ask for what?
5. Who is where? As in, have people been screened for injuries and tallies taken of their details and contact numbers and where have they been taken? Do people have mobile phones on them on know their loved ones contact numbers by heart? If they don't who and how can they get in touch with? Do they have family they can stay with instantly or do they need emergency accommodation? Is this emergency accommodation available and which one are they going into?
6. Who survived? As in, not who died!!! In a case like this identification (after all the issues with recovery) of the deceased should be second to identification of the living; If this runs as smoothly as it can, a simple process of elimination should greatly help with managing expectations and suffering of those with loved ones missing.
Whatever it's called TASK-FORCE:
Where was the plan, the emergency plan for this? It is unbelievable and unacceptable that in 2017 (yes, the fire happened in those circumstance but like I said this is not the focus in this post) with the astonishing amount of technology and resources available to organise, spy and bomb other nations there isn't a simple group of people trained in good sense organisational skills such as those required to ease the suffering and provide the necessary help to those affected.
This was NOT an incident on a massive scale (in pragmatic and problem solving terms), it was not half the country torn by fire and floods, a tornado in central London, an alien invasion... it was a contained incident in a cash rich, resource rich and community rich accessible by all modernities in existence - cars, and helicopters can get there, people can walk there, there is electricity, plumbing, gas, internet, tv and tv crews...
I am criticising the response yes. Not the responders. Not the brave souls who make low wages and everyday put their lives on the line for others and keep at it and those who don't give up even when they haven't slept in a couple of days... not even the politicians exactly! I am criticising what the Americans call the pencil pushers, what I call the Brett's (private joke, sorry) of our time, those who only tick the box and poorly as it is, to get paid at the end of the month and maybe get some social status with their professional (I do use the term loosely) position.
How has no one, NO ONE, in any department come up with an idea to have proper teams? Has it been pitched to the right people if they did? Have people denied if it has?
The military have highly coordinated response capability for their own scenarios, and we saw a fine example of this in the London Bridge/Borough Market events only a few weeks ago... so we do know it is possible, this is no me fantasising. Is it?
It's well and good to criticise and find flaws in other people's actions but not as much to come up with the ideas.
Well, here's one.
PCSO's are the heart of the link between community and all other front line services. If they are not, they should be. No one knows which services are available and do what like they do nor who in their community does what.
So, let's train, recruit if necessary, a handful of them per borough, to be the one stop people for situations of this matter. They can be master coordinators, the ones who link the community centres to the police and other front-line operatives. Let's give them a kick ass training and make them into Community Super Soldiers and give them capes and cool names and super powers... wait... I'm getting a little carried away here but, am I really?
Is it so unfeasible to imagine a world where there are apps that can sign in survivors in 3 seconds and tell their family which hospital they are at, where aid is electronically monitored and volunteers can be asked to please get some crucial necessity from community centre to another (even if by Deliveroo - other companies are available - see if I care the how), where foldable beds are available in the first 24hrs for those which have been displaced can have a soft place to lay their heads even if for a couple of hours, where the focus is on helping the affected not on photo ops or PM bashing (no comment on the deservedness of it)
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