Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Summary: Surviviors Process as They Rebuild Lives

From Denny: More than two weeks after the earthquake, with stiff competition for basic resources of food, water and shelter, the people began to fan out into the countryside, stressing their resources.

That's what happened in my town in south Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans. There was a mass exodus from there and they came in like locusts into Baton Rouge, emptying the grocery stores, clogging the roads with bumper to bumper traffic, increasing the traffic accidents 500% and then they emptied our gas stations.

They left the locals with absolutely nothing for weeks while we waited to be resupplied. Which is why I always keep up to a month's supply of food pantry items in case of this very kind of emergency. It isn't what's going on in your town you have to worry about; it's what's going on in a larger metro area that may trigger a mass exodus coming your way. The countryside and smaller towns in Haiti are now receiving their desperate hungry locusts devouring what meager resources they had.

Two weeks after the earthquake:

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Day 12:

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Still a dearth of accurate or any information available to survivors or others outside Haiti:

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It took three weeks after the earthquake before my cousin, who was visiting Haiti to donate her time as a music teacher, was finally able to get out a message to family and friends that she was fine. She is living in one of those tent cities somewhere around Port-au-Prince where resources are limited. She was lucky to only experience bruises and minor lacerations as she fled the music school where she was giving a concert with the kids. Since she has recovered from some heavy leg bruises and a concussion she has pitched in to help the local relief efforts.


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