You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
The government should take every precaution to protect its citizens from natural disasters.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
One of the primary responsibilities of government is to ensure that its citizens are safe and protected, and as such it is arguable that this should include consideration of environmental calamities, at least to a certain degree as will now be presented.
Primarily, the purpose of societies forming under a government is that this central authority can provide a level of security against forces beyond the average person’s control. This involves the establishment of procedures and from early warning systems for tsunamis, hurricane shelters and systems for emergency support .
In addition, the government should strongly encourage and support schools and other institutions to provide sufficient education and training to ensure people are prepared for natural disasters. For example, teaching early age school children to find shelter in a doorway or under a table during an earthquake has a direct impact on the number of casualties a natural disaster can cause.
However, this is not to say that the government has the sole responsibility for such preparations. Home owners, parents and citizens of all kinds should also be prepared for unforeseen major events. Simple acts such as having torches with batteries, a supply of fresh water, a radio and some blankets is something that can be done by the majority of people, giving them a much higher chance of surviving a range of natural disasters.
In sum, the first responsibility lies with the government in the form of planning and education, but each citizen is also required to contribute some time and effort to safeguard against unforeseen natural events.