How Can We Encourage the International Community to Maintain Focus on Natural Disaster Response?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 13, 2010
Pakistanis Stranded by Flood Water Wait To Be Evacuated

How you can help: Please visit the links below for more information about aid organizations operating in the areas mentioned. U.S. citizens can also still text "SWAT" to 50555 to donate $10 for flood relief in Pakistan.

2010 has seen natural disasters strike around the world, from the devastating earthquake in Haiti at the start of the year, to recent mudslides in China, wildfires in Russia, and flooding in Pakistan.

The United States has joined with the governments of these countries, as well as with nations, NGOs, and citizens around the world, in rushing humanitarian relief and assistance to where it is needed most.

How can we encourage the international community to maintain focus on natural disaster response after the initial crisis has passed?

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BethMarkley
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United States
August 14, 2010

Beth M. in the U.S.A. writes:

have a design contest.
do a reality show of disasters before and after (the documented progress of a place 2,4 and 8 years after a disaster.
do a travel channel special on prominent natural disasters and their 5 year or 50 year anniversaries. air a technology & communications episode of innovative disaster relief responses and rebuilds.
do a vehicles of relief show. that highlights, transportation in action at/to relief sights.
do a show employing innovations in community design. relate it to disaster recovery. hold a marathon thanksgiving day, dedicated to communities in recovery.
declare days between thanksgiving and the 30 days before it, as disaster recovery awareness month. remind people of unicef at halloween. and highlight the countries helped by disaster relief that year, and their progress since the disaster hit. share a success story.
have an 'apprentice show' where people brainstorm development possibilities for a disaster area.
present at 20 slides in 5 minutes events.
..I forget what they're called
give scholarships to h.s. students that present essays or presentations on the topic.
have a 'science fair type event or catogory that focuses on ideas on disaster recovery. have an annual h.s. event like mun, but that focuses on current disasters of the last few years, and what is happening in those places now.
do a show on how new techologies are spuring development is recovering areas. things such as cell phone, solar... being applied.
do a show on archatecture, that highlights
areas that have had something rebuilt since a disaster.
do a show that shows a community center or school or a market, that is now functioning after a disaster.
get children to donate trees to communities whose children have been through a disaster.
do a special called disasters of our life time? where are we now?

donald m.
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Virginia, USA
August 14, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

August 14, 2010

First and foremost the problem with the rapid response in emergencies is you try to place a band-aid on cut thats about the size of mount saint helen. Then you wonder why it turns into major problems. Big emergencies need big responses. It means you have to be prepared to send in Ships that can provide potable drinking water, and food which can last for days. What is the country of Saudi Arabia doing about helping Pakistan, since they are a close ally? They should be involved in helping, why are they not assisting?

Since I seriously doubt anyone would take my suggestions or input, but the fact is an old aircraft carrier could of been turned into a vehicle to deliver enough food, make water, and deliver emergency equipment with manpower that can deal with emergencies. It appears to me that sometimes I can say these things and its like talking to the walls. I started out fightfighting in 1982 if thats a sign of my age. The right equipment and people trained, you can combat anything relating to fires or even floods. What gets me is people hire Doctors to figure everything out, but they don't have the training in fire fighting or rescue, they have the M.D. to provide medical assistance. You need everything to work. The right skills and knowledge how to deal with disasters.

BethMarkley
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United States
August 14, 2010

Beth M. in the U.S.A. writes:

also the hearts for haiti christmas ornament idea is an example of a good idea for keeping focus on an area after the initial focus on a natural disaster has past.

Richard R.
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New York, USA
August 14, 2010

Richard R. in New York writes:

State can identify success stories of how international aid is helping victims of natural disasters (and show research about how US aid is helping improve the image of the US throughout the world).

The US population would probably be amazed at how small the amount of foreign aid is, as compared to the US military budget. Yet foreign aid can be so much more effective at positioning the US as a force for good, and in countering anti-American sentiments.

Yet in Pakistan, the Taliban have been more effective at getting out stories of how they're helping vicitms of the flooding, and are winning the hearts and minds of Pakistanis in the process. This is a huge missed opportunity for the US.

Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
August 14, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

Well, I would think more low tech.

You should find a way that people can donate or give money to Natural Disaster programs more easily. Maybe have a display at the local Post Office,Government Building or Shopping Center. You could also have clothing or other products, that people could buy online, that would be donated to that country.

People like to see what their giving, and most like to have something to show they made a difference in some one's life. .)

See-ya Guys& :)

Alex R.
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California, USA
August 15, 2010

Alex R. in California writes:

USA should set a great example for the international community by being prepared ourselves. Every high school graduate should have completed CERT, each large metropolitain city should have larger stockpiles of food and water, and we should better incentivize our citizens having property and contents insurance. State Dept should survey the academic literature to identify best practices in the international community and apply those lessons locally. Let's be better prepared oursves before we preach! Let's be honest... How many people in New Orleans think our Country has remained focus on it's recovery? It's quite complicted but the more prepared a community is before a natural disaster, the less support it will need from the international community.

OysterCracker
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United States
August 15, 2010

O.C. in U.S.A. writes:

A world fund for disasters. The money can be invested in stable, growing stocks. The interest earned can be accrued tax free until there is a sufficient amount of money to start providing for disaster relief. Relief can be sent out according to the degree of need.

There should be an initial disaster relief emergency component but also a stabilization component which might consist of a disaster supply cottage industry. If Pakistan could produce wheelchairs, tents, crutches, ambulances, etc.for the next disaster then supplies could be replenished globally while simultaneously building an economy. Schools and an educational system could also be built up and a cottage industry in school supplies could also be started.

Disaster relief should be married with economic progress so that countries are better able to deal with a crisis. There should be standards for economic progress after a disaster otherwise the world will be wasting their disaster/development money.

Disaster relief should be highly coordinated and organized so that services run like clockwork. There needs to be an overall plan to respond to disasters like the closest countries responding in a highly organized way then farther countries. Much like the concentric waves a pebble makes when hitting the water, that's how disaster relief should play out.

The global disaster fund should only use the money for emergency and stabilization relief with all countries donating personnel services like civic, legal, educational etc. That way the majority of the money isn't lost to corruption but translates in actual services and knowledge. Something like we'll supply the plans and expertise to build schools but you provide the labor. We'll educate and train your teachers but you pay their salary.

donald m.
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Virginia, USA
August 16, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

The UN Chief has it right but he needs to get those countries under the UN hat and get support. The United States should NOT be the only country helping Pakistan.

OysterCracker
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United States
August 16, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

The current use of government employees in a major disaster is understandable but inneficient and sends a message to the American people that their government doesn't trust them. Using ordinary citizens who come from skilled occupations is the real solution to any major disaster. Much of the general public have a military background and can oversee and manage massive responders in case of an emergency. My concentric circle theory should work locally as the closest communities become the first responders in a disaster which sends off an immediate warning to communities farther afield. If every community has their own stockpiles for a 2-3 day disaster and can handle simple emergencies through a triage system it would take pressure off of the local hospitals. Most people are emotional in an emergency so addressing their emotional panic in an outdoor field triage station will prevent a run on emergency rooms which should only be for extraordinary injuries. If every school playing field and park became a disaster staging area and people were encouraged before a disaster to use these facilities it would take pressure off of other facilities. Large scale apartment complexes should have a disaster plan and staging area and the plans should be posted inside every apartment door like in a hotel. There should also be a visible, universal sign on every floor so that people know who their disaster coordinator is. Preparation and efficiency is key and relating this information through signage and media is needed. I have no clue where the disaster coordination/medical treatment area is in my community. I'm sure I'm not alone.

palgye
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South Korea
August 17, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Hi,

Big issues for Big issue.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/08/13/relief-efforts-response-floodi...

yes, i`m day nad night.

OysterCracker
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United States
August 17, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

This is a good opportunity to lay out a massive water and sewer project in Pakistan. The USA should be lining up skilled, unemployed U.S pipe workers as coordinators to get the job done. The money and equipment can be loaned to Pakistan initially while simultaneously building a water and sewer pipe factory. The Pakistani's can pay us back over a 30 year period. We should be looking for these opportunities worldwide to put American talent to work. Stop with the piecemeal development. Let's get the job done once and for all. Let's get Pakistan stabilized and developed so everyone is working and thinking about a prosperous future. This is a great opportunity. Let's do it!

OysterCracker
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United States
August 17, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

All schools should have adequate disaster/first aid supplies, food, cots, blankets and water for at least 3 days. They can be stored in a cargo container on school property and water supplies replenished every 6-12 months or whatever the shelf life is for water. The old water can be used to fill up a swimming pool for an end of the year swim party and a prize to the class who accurately and closely guesses the number of 3 oz. water bottles it takes to fill up a 200 gallon pool. Let a cottage industry in tents and cots in Haiti or Pakistan provide the emergency equipment for free because we would have already paid for their factory set up and supplies.

Asim M.
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United States
August 17, 2010

Asim M. in the U.S.A. writes:

U.S. citizens can also still text "SWAT" to 50555 to donate $10 for flood relief in Pakistan.

BethMarkley
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United States
August 19, 2010

Beth M. in the U.S.A. writes:

people take an interest in places they are familiar with. help kids be more familiar. some elementary schools set a theme for the year 'around the world in 181 days'. elementary schools should offer geography and foreign languages. classes can adopt an area or country to focus on each semester to keep track off, or connect to. establishing pen pals perhaps.
schools hosting multi-cultural days is also a way to connect kids to the wider world.

Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
August 19, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

Howdy, Ladies and Gentleman :)

I just wanted to stop by, and Wish President Bill Clinton "A Happy 64th Birthday" ! :)
I think, he's done a great job helping people around the world, deal with Natural Disasters.

Warmest wishes on your B'Day ,and i hope you get what you wished for ,and can continue your work helping people__:.)

Cya..President Clinton and DipNote Guys.

Willie C.
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Louisiana, USA
August 19, 2010

Willie P.C. in Louisiana writes:

In this digital media and world it makes sense to deliver pictures in a minimum equvilant of 8" X 10" HD. To have lower standards seems pointless.

patricia d.
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New York, USA
August 20, 2010

Patricia D. in New York writes:

i just read that richard holbrooke wants to increase the aid to pakistan flood victims to $150 million dollars. you must be kidding. there are still victims in haiti which is closer to home who still need more aid. louisiana is still a mess between katrina and the oil spill. why is it always millions and billions? instead of sending money the government doesn't have which adds to the national debt why doesn't the state dept run a telethon or other "fund" raising event. whatever money comes in ,that is what will be sent.

Aqeel K.
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Pakistan
August 20, 2010

Aqeel K. in Pakistan writes:

We Encourage the International Community to Maintain Focus on Natural Disaster Response by persistent induction of motivation for humanity,councilling of "GOOD" VS "GOOD",reciprocative action,balanced fear and hope induction(i.e hell vs heaven),appreciation and acknowledgement with thankfulness,spreading love for each other by words and actions,Igniting Humane in hearts and soul,by inducing the sense of oneness,by creating awareness about what we gonna teach to next generations-our most precious asset.persistent tailoring of thought process of individuals,luv for truth.

Devided ,we fall.

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