One thing that disasters like WV's recent floods remind us of, if we need it, is that there's a role for government in our everyday life. Such as responding to disasters, promoting public safety, promoting public health, maintaining our infrastructure. All that kind of stuff. As amazing as volunteers can be, they can't do it all.
Here's a great op-ed on that theme by a friend of mine whose home was damaged when the Elk River rose. I hope that decision makers--and voters--think about things like that.