posted on Jan, 14 2010 @ 05:12 PM
Ok, here's what I see lacking in the rescue responses and what I would do about it:
Someone needs to get up on a pile of rocks are say: "You, you, you , and you...start clearing this road, NOW! You, you, you, and you, forma a
chain and pile what they are clearing here. Get these roads, cleared, now!"
There are people doing heroic work there now, but it seems like everyone's focussed on doing what they are trained to do, and doing it well. But this
is so much bigger, the assumptions they work under are no longer valid. They are still operating as if this were a standard disaster with a local
support system outside the disaster zone still in place.
The Haitian people are in a state of shock. Even with casualties, though, there are still a huge number of able bodies. Someone needs to organize
them, draft them, get them to doing useful work immediately or the problems will multiply swiftly. The rescue workers are making a huge mistake in not
drafting the locals and organizing them.
If those roads aren't cleared, and soon, probably ~10K people an hour will die from lack of water soon.
Just what I'd do, anyway.