On Japan and New Zealand earthquake and tsunami recovery operations, “wounds you cannot see take longest time to heal”


One of the must-read posts for those who care about natural disasters and recovery from events such as Tsunami. Two take home lessons from this post are:
1. “The wounds you cannot see take the longest time to heal.” Taken directly from the blog, it narrates the story of people who worry about returning to cultivation, children returning to school to adjust, and how circumstances and life change as a result of a monstrous natural disaster.

2. Centralizing services and management for these disasters work well. For example, recently in Japan and as well in Christchurch, a central government department is entrusted with the management of post-tsunami/earthquake operations (CERA – Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority). This speeds up work, irrespective of the structure of the government or work culture.

Good lessons.


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