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The Impact of Natural Disasters

August 31, 2011 at 11:33 AMEric Drummond

I was on vacation in Virginia last week and was affected by an earthquake and a hurricane. I stared in amazement at the various news reports that came across the television screen.  Not too long ago we used to get our news from one of three major channels. We placed our trust in one or all of the anchors on the national news.

This time everything happened on the east coast and I don’t believe one person wasn’t affected. In my case I was supposed to take a flight out on Sunday and was told by the airline on Friday that the earliest I would be able to get out would be Tuesday. The wind, rain, loss of power, and destruction were evident. Today some people are still without power, hot water, or as some teenagers put it “the comfort of technology”.

You may ask why I’m taking a moment to write about this. Well, simply put, it’s a chance to rebuild lives, property, and boost our economy. The only way, for example, that the various roads, bridges, homes are going to be put together again is to repair and build anew.  I can envision more projects, and bid opportunities for the construction industry.  Everyone can and should be involved.

The people that are key will be the ones that have the supplies. I understand fully the cost of materials and cost of doing business has undergone a dramatic increase in recent years. What a wonderful thing it could be if everyone gave each other a little bit of a discount. This would help stimulate the economy, increase consumer confidence and help put a lot of people back to work to complete some of these new projects that will be coming.

Whether you know it or not, we are all affected by what took place last week. We all want to help in some way. Making a charitable donation is a good start. Volunteering in some areas is helpful also. The more important theme should be how we can improve the world we live in.  We are now a society that is bogged down with other activities that allow us to take a back seat to some of the more important things.

 

Conclusion

I call upon all of the developers, construction companies, contractors and politicians to help get the train back on the track.  It’s not going to be easy but if we can all embrace the bigger picture, the world we live in can be a better place.

Does your company use construction accounting software? If not this would be a great time to see if your package can handle all the business that may be coming your way. If you’re in chaos, maybe you need STRUCTURE.