In Maury’s usual use of humor and a billion puns, he tells us a 21st Century fable to remind us of the need for disaster preparation and recovery. 
He also points out the importance of creating the tools and the relationships to “weather the storm” and, more importantly, make a quick recovery after it has passed.  Rapidly restoring the community’s economic wellbeing is critical to its overall recovery. As Maury quoted, “It was not raining when Noah began building the ark.” The appendix has a great list of the roles economic developers play before, during and after a disaster, as well as, checklists, and other collection resources to plan for and recover when a disaster strikes.