While the first harvest is entirely lost, the hope is that farmers can plant again before the rains stop altogether so that there is hope of having some food to harvest this year. However, the crops will still take months to grow and many families will need food assistance in the interim.
Science has a long-standing black eye for what is called the "science to practice" gap: the extraordinary time delays in closing the gap between what we know and what we do. There is a still a prominent gap to be closed for disaster mental health care.
During Irene I learned so much about what was and was not helpful during a natural disaster. With the recent destruction in Oklahoma, I offer these five suggestions to people of faith who wish to respond.
An independent national poll commissioned by the ASPCA found that an overwhelming majority (85 percent of dog owners and 81 percent of cat owners) of those polled would take their pets with them in the event of an evacuation.
If the Son of God can Lament, why not us, who are wondering where God is in the midst of all of this. Lament is an act of deep faith. Even as we question, rant or cry, it is God the Father who we are addressing.
Although it may not be possible to prevent global crises, countries can take actions to prepare for them. We need to have credible macroeconomic policies and effective social safety nets to protect vulnerable populations.