Emergency Planning Is Little More than an Idea
According to the Chronicle, those local emergency planning committees that the federal government relies upon to prevent future explosions and other dangerous chemical plant accidents have either completely disbanded or are barely limping along with far too little funding.
These problems are all too real, and the results can be plant explosions.
Your Physical, Financial, and Emotional Losses
A plant explosion can lead to astronomical physical, financial, and emotional losses (or legal damages).
Serious injuries often go hand in hand with serious losses in earnings. While this typically represents a significant financial setback, it can also have a serious emotional component. Many of us associate our careers with our identities, and if your ability to do your job and/or to advance your career is negatively affected, it can have serious psychological consequences.
Pain and Suffering
Living through a plant explosion is a terrifying experience that is guaranteed to have serious emotional effects that can be some of the most difficult to navigate. The following PTSD-like symptoms are not uncommon after violent accidents of this nature:
Terrifying accident flashbacks that can prove debilitating
Increased anxiety and panic disorders
Sleep disturbances that can include insomnia and nightmares
Inability to modulate one’s emotions
A tendency to self-isolate and/or to push others away
Self-medication, including the use of drugs and alcohol
One of the most painful aspects of these psychic consequences is that they can leave you with a depleted support system just when you could use it the most.
Your Medical Expenses
The medical costs you experience as a result of a plant explosion (if you manage to survive the explosion) are likely to be overwhelming – with no end in sight. Serious injuries often require ongoing care, and secondary health concerns that also require treatment are not uncommon. Consider the following medical expenses:
Emergency treatment at the scene of the explosion
Emergency transportation from the scene
Surgeries and follow-up medical care and attention
Medical attention from doctors, specialists, and other medical professionals
Medical procedures, tests, and treatments
Adaptive physical devices
Adaptations to one’s home, office, and/or vehicle
Assistance with the activities of daily living