After the 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti on January 13, 2010, the country was pulled into a state of chaos. As publications around the world hurried to alert their readers, the requirements for aid were growing. The infrastructure of a nation was quickly destroyed, with what seemed to be a swift sequence of catastrophic events.
The demand for food, water, medicine, and shelter astronomically increased over the period of a few short hours. Within only 48 hours, there were gangs patrolling the streets with machetes. The gangs were not only looking to loot valuables, but they were looking to obtain food. Throughout the destruction, food and medicine remained principal necessities. The very thought of food and medicine becoming scarce is something that would terrify the average American citizen.
The Haiti earthquake has shown us how quickly a country can fall into a state of panic, and that the United States is not immune from such an event. The earthquake in Haiti led to thousands of initial deaths, but perhaps the largest death toll may be attributed to the deaths that occur in the days and weeks ahead. If the United States were to be home to such a catastrophe, it would only take around 48 hours for most people to deplete their food storage.
At this point, people would begin to take to the streets. With supermarkets being swarmed and perhaps looted, you would be own your own in terms of supporting yourself. This information is not intended to put you into a state of shock or panic, rather it is meant to illustrate the fact that Haiti is not much different than the United States when it comes to preparedness.
Millions of people around the world are compelled to donating to the Haiti relief cause. When it comes to donating to the relief effort, you must research the foundation that you are considering donating to. Many of the foundations spend a considerable percentage of their donations on administration and fundraising. With some CEOs making as much as $700,000 under the guise of administrative costs, it is imperative that you do some research before writing your check to the foundation.
The International Rescue Committee seems to be a popular choice, pledging 90% of its funds on programs and services (6% is spent on administration and 4% on fundraising). The earthquake that hit Haiti is not only a saddening event, but one that reminds us that every nation can descend into chaos.