Yet the state has an inadequate plan for dealing with future disasters. Bixby City Manager Doug Enevoldsen, who's also worked in state government, told the Tulsa World's Wayne Greene that it's time to do better. He suggests a dedicated revenue source for an emergency fund with an annual appropriation of $4 million.
“Logic suggests and experience suggests that there's going to be additional disasters in the future,” Enevoldsen said, “and wouldn't it be prudent to prepare for that in advance by beginning to provide for some additional dollars?”
Indeed it would. Not only logic but a century's worth of history suggests that the state will be paying for disaster assistance one way or another. It should at least be paying for it when the bill comes due — not five years later.