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Shouldn't they had send manpower first before they send out the supplies or at least both at the same time?

I'm seeing on the news how the supplies are just being dropped off and how the people of Haiti are all rushing the supplies and grabbing and fighting each other over it.

All this donations are not helping much if the people are just going to fight each other over it. The supplies needs to be regulated imo. I know it's hard to land the planes there, but come on now...why not take a moment to plan and schedule how the supplies and manpower will get there instead of everything at once being dropped off just so it can be said everyone was swift to help.

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:04 PM on Jan. 16, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • In emergency situations such as this, it is always messy. Sure, that's probably what they should do, but there isn't one person organizing everything as we imagine. People just are jumping in to help and doing what they can and that is how it often works out until some time passes and they get a little more organized. Even then, it will never happen perfectly or run as smoothly as we would like. Our attempts usually result in a mess of red tape that can be just as frustrating.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:08 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • This is the news article I just read:

    About 4,200 U.S. military personnel were operating within Haiti or from Navy and Coast Guard vessels offshore, the U.S. Southern Command said in an update Friday night.

    An additional 6,300 personnel are scheduled to arrive by Monday to help distribute aid and prevent potential rioting among desperate survivors. Officials said that immediately after the quake, one of the Air Force's newest unmanned surveillance aircraft, known as the Global Hawk, was redirected from an undisclosed location to survey the damage in Haiti

    So we DO have military presence there and are actively trying to get more in. They were just waiting on a place to land their planes to get in.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 3:14 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • Just like Katrina, 6 months from now, people who aren't there, will never go there, and will probably never in their life respond to an emergency, will be nitpicking every little mistake made since the moment the first quake hit until the last body is buried. There are guidelines for dealing with disasters, but there are no rules, because no two are the same, and no amount of planning will ever fit the exact conditions that occur in reality.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:15 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • OP here: Well there should be someone in high power organizing it. It's ridiculous that there's no plan or no organization. Seems like people are willing to kill one another just to get the food and water box for themselves.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:17 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • Who? The death toll wasn't restricted to civilians. There are just as many government employees dead and dying as everyone else. Give the Red Cross and the UN time to get in and get set up. Last I checked, Star Trek transporters and replicators haven't been invented yet.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:19 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • Who shoud organise it? Their gov't, yours, mine? Disaster plan A may not work with every disaster, like another poster said, there are guidlines, but no rules because every one is different. An earthquake at one place isn't the same as an earthquake somewhere else. I know that we had people on the ground in Haiti on Thu, but that's at places where a plane can land. It is obviously going to take longer to get to certain places, but supplies can still be air dropped in. Is it better to have those people wait without food, water, medical supplies until people can get there? It is a terrible shame that people are fighting over the supplies, but you also have to put yourself in their terrifed shoes (if they still have shoes that is).

    Answer by canadianmom1974 at 3:22 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • OP here: Well apparently not their gov since their gov is corrupt. Maybe ours. Or maybe choose some Haiti citizens that can be appointed to help distribute out the supplies. Idk.

    I'm not saying don't send the supplies. I'm saying someone needs to be there to received and regulate how the supplies are given out instead of just dropping them off and letting the people fight over it which is how it is happening right now.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:34 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • I think the military is probably the best equipped to understand the process of something like this. They move equipment, manpower, and supplies without blinking. They can move, get set up, and be ready for business without breaking a sweat. I think that this can be done, but factor in the earthquake and then....... I'm just glad I don't have to try to organize all of this with all the request for help and all are urgent. How do you prioritize and put people off when they are just as important and the person standing in front of you.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 3:41 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • When you and your surviving family members are starving to death and there is no structure, what would YOU do??


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:42 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

  • they are sending man power, there are several navy ships that have left to go down there. I live 2 miles from the largest naval base in the country. They have had huge planes taking off for the last couple days with people and supplies plus ships leaving.

    Answer by hobbitswife04 at 5:10 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

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