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Tragedy is an unfortunate inevitability in life. We do not know when, where, why, or how it will happen, only that accidents happen. One moment can change a person’s life, and some moments can change the lives of whole communities, states, and nations. This was the case for the people of East Palestine, Ohio due to a catastrophic train derailment. Emergencies are emotional, chaotic, and traumatizing. They result from situations that are difficult to understand in their immediacy. Government action requires a rapid response to issues that require critical thinking and careful planning. The current polarized political environment mixed with rampant misinformation makes responding to tragedies that much more difficult.


This is the 26th in the series.