March 15, 2017 03:22

Boy, is our weather screwy or what?

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Are we really entering the era of climate change? Whatever the cause is, the weather is really wreaking havoc in so many parts of the country.

In many ways, we are fortunate that, in our chosen profession, we are able to help people when certain disasters occur: the tornadoes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Georgia, the flooding in Louisiana, the snows in the northeastern part of the country, the rain in California, and the snow in Colorado.

Now the rains in both northern and Southern California have filled reservoirs in the northern part of the state, and even the southern portion of California is still receiving rain. For one thing, it broke the drought that had been dragging on for the past four years, but it has created other problems.

In addition to the fires of recent years that denuded the landscape, millions of trees died during the drought, making those who live in California worried about mudslides and what may be yet to come. A few weeks ago, I watched on TV as a mudslide closed one of the major roads, due to all the debris that slid down and covered it.

And then the other day, I watched in disbelief as I saw a home in a residential neighborhood slide off its foundation and break up. As I continued to watch the news, they showed small boats motoring down the streets, looking to rescue people from their homes—where only a week before, cars were driving. It really begins to sink in: how much damage these disasters cause. Then I begin to think of the cost of getting those areas back to normal....

There is no question that there will be lots of work to keep us busy.

However, what comes to mind is, where are we going to get the additional labor to help us make the repairs and clean up? I believe that the shortage of labor will be the biggest obstacle we will have to hurdle. Without that additional labor source, our businesses are stymied and can’t continue to grow.

This is not our problem alone; all facets of industry and service companies are in the same boat. How we move from here is the question that still needs to be answered.

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In many ways, we are fortunate that, in our chosen profession, we are able to help people when certain disasters occur: the tornadoes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Georgia, the flooding in Louisiana, the snows in the northeastern part of the country, the rain in California, and the snow in Colorado....

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