By Lisa C. DuBrock  

Frequently when a disaster happens such as the Earthquake in Haiti, the media’s talking points quickly turn from the amount of devastation the disaster caused, to how slow the relief effort has been.  I’ve always thought that unfair.  

In reality, the required food, water, and shelter doesn’t just magically appear — rather a massive logistics effort needs to get mounted, coordinated and managed.  Not easy, when you are attempting to manage an international relief effort.  

The attached link for a Wired May 2010 article titled “Organizing Armageddon” details one such relief effort — that of the Haitian Earthquake, what we learned from it, and what we have learned from a listing of other past disasters.  

The author, Vince Beiser, paints a vivid picture of the life of an emergency responder, both the work that they do and the decisions they need to make.  I certainly believe that after reading this story, you will never again question, why the relief seems to be taking a long time.

It might be good for you to also pass this along to your organization’s business continuity and disaster recovery team members considering updating or compliance monitoring their contingency and risk management plans this fiscal year.

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