• sr911

    I know I frequently disagree with a lot of the stuff NPQ posts but I cannot agree with you more here. I have been a responder to disasters and mass fatality events in multiple countries and it is often difficult to get people who need to be somewhere ASAP onto a plane, helicopter or truck because of the logistics being tied up with in-kind donations.

    Don’t get me wrong. It is vital to help out in the early stages but much of the initial response is such a cluster **** under the best of circumstances- that old adage about “no plan survives first contact with the enemy” perfectly applies to disaster response planing)- that a crush of supplies with the best of intentions can cause a log jam.

    It’s also so incredibly frustrating to go back to a location months or a couple of years later and find the people struggling because the support and relief they still need has dried up. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for posting this. I could not have said it better myself!

  • Kathleen Hower

    Thank you for this article. There is an ongoing challenge for organizations working in disaster prone areas. As the leader of an organization that has worked in Cuba and other countries in this hemisphere for almost 30 years, our work alway starts in the recovery and rebuilding phase, after assessments and numerous meetings have taken place to understand where we can have the greatest impact to the community and in strengthening the public health system. Organizations are forced to bring in as much money as possible in the early days while the public is engaged mentally and financially even before the needs are really known. Unfortunately, the greater and ongoing need happens after first responders are done, and the public has moved on. Recovery does indeed take years, commitment, and time to respond to shifting priorities and changing needs in the countries after a disaster strikes.