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What do we do as individuals in response to distress calls?

I have been in communications with many friends and colleagues who naturally wanted to spring into action at the news that Haiti had indeed weathered great damage following the battering by tropical storms Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike. As in 2004, Gonaives became a muddy lake that trapped more than 250,000 people in a deathly grip.


ANALYSIS-Deadly storms a big setback for impoverished Haiti |

The sight of the Haitian port city of Gonaives sitting in a slick of polluted water is only the most visible symbol of the damage done to the Caribbean nation of 9 million by four consecutive storms this summer.

In flooded Haitian city, `Every home is a shelter’ – 09/11/2008 –

In flooded Haitian city, `Every home is a shelter’ Posted on Thu, Sep. 11, 2008 Associated Press ARIANA CUBILLOS/AP PHOTO A woman reacts as flood victims line up to received food from UN peacekeepers in Gonaives, Haiti, Thursday » More Photos GONAIVES, Haiti — In a cathedral surrounded by mud and flood waters, the 34-year-old… Read More ›


US Navy reaches Haiti as floodwaters recede

The sun came out in Haiti on Monday as waters from Hurricane Ike receded and a U.S. Navy hospital ship equipped with helicopters and amphibious boats was arriving in the capital to deliver food and water to cities still marooned by flooding.

But Haiti — and the world — still lacks a complete picture of the destruction, and desperation was setting in among people who have spent days in the floodwaters and mud.


A View from Hinche, in Haiti’s Central Highland (Plateau Central)


Cabaret, Haiti hit hard by Ike; bodies on every street corner

In this tiny Haitian town flooded by Hurricane Ike, the grim reality set in Sunday morning as the bodies of a dozen children lay dead on a concrete slab.


In an Emergency, Stick to the Cuny Principles

Fred Cuny was a disaster relief professional who specialized in out-of-the-box thinking. Cuny disappeared several years ago while on mission in Kosovo. The following principles are taken from a book which he authored called “Famine, Conflict and Response, A Basic Guide.”


600,000 need aid in Haiti: UN

The UN has warned hundreds of thousands are in need of immediate aid from severe flooding in Haiti in the wake of Hanna and a previous tropical storm, Gustav


Haiti: Deja Vu All Over Again

SAINT-MARC, Haiti (AP) — Haitian families scrambled onto rooftops and sreamed for help Tuesday in a city flooded by Tropical Storm Hanna, as U.N. peacekeepers and rescue convoys tried in vain to reach them.