Wildfires are burning throughout California (and the US). It’s a topic of conversation on radio, tv, internet, social media. “What should we do?”, “Who is responsible?”, “What’s the cause(s)?”,”Can the fires be prevented?”, …..
This list of question goes directly to the five habits in HRO i.e. How should we be pre-occupied with the failures that lead to these wildfires. What steps, changes, ideas, methods can be implemented to accomplish this pre-occupation? And which ones are practical?
Julie Cart and Judy Lin of CalMatters take this on in a recent blog on LAist. They look at a series of possible actions, as well as the pros & cons and potential for implementation. The suggestions include:
- WHY DON’T WE BAN HOMEBUILDING IN AREAS OF HIGH RISK?
- WHY DON’T WE BURY ALL THE POWERLINES?
- WHY DON’T WE MAKE UTILITIES REPAY US FOR BLACKOUTS?
- WHY DON’T WE MOVE TO MICROGRIDS?
- WHY DON’T WE STAGE MORE CONTROLLED BURNS?
- WHY DON’T WE THROW MORE PEOPLE AND EQUIPMENT AT FIRES?
- WHY DON’T WE MAKE ALL UTILITIES PUBLIC?
- WHY DON’T WE FORCE UTILITIES TO BETTER TARGET BLACKOUTS?
- WHY DON’T WE BEEF UP CALIFORNIA’S ALERT SYSTEM?
- WHY DON’T WE DEAL WITH THIS CRISIS AT ITS SOURCE?
The most likely outcome will take advantage, over time, of many of these ideas, and others as well. Which, in the world of HRO, is the most typical scenario. There is no single silver bullet in HRO, only a commitment to continuous improvement and a dedication to the humanity involved.