Tropical Storm Isaac in Haiti, Nearly Three Years After the Earthquake

first_img Water, food, medicine, blankets and tents. Haiti lacked all of it at first, when chaos and surprise seized the people of Haiti during the earthquake that devastated the country in January 2010. Afterward, supplies were abundant. Aid arrived by the tons from every corner of the planet, but little by little it started to accumulate, because Haiti did not have official distribution channels or proper mechanisms in place to deliver the assistance. It did not have a contingency plan for emergencies. No one knew where they should be distributing the necessary products, and there was no organized manner to respond to the people still crying out for help. On August 25, 2012 everything was different. When Tropical Storm Isaac started to hit the Haitian coast, more than 14,000 people across the country, mainly in the western and eastern parts of the island, were already evacuated thanks to the Haitian government and its international partners, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which anticipated the possible damage. In the history of the country, this was the first preventive evacuation led by the Haitian government. The evacuees were already identified as members of vulnerable groups, such as refugees residing in camps, children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities, according to a statement from the Haitian government. These planned and organized evacuations were held throughout the day on August 24, a day before the storm made landfall. Additionally, many urgent evacuations were made during the night and early morning of August 25, while the weather conditions worsened. After the storm, a prompt and accurate damage assessment identified the most serious problems, and gave immediate assistance to people whose lives were at the greatest risk and required urgent attention. On August 26, the United Nations (UN) reported a toll of 19 deaths and 2,350 homes destroyed. Though these are not small, they are a stark contrast to the toll left by the earthquake of 2010, which took the lives of more than 200,000, and about 2.5 million homeless, according to figures from the UN. To assess Tropical Storm Isaac, the Haitian government and USAID used a team of experts in disaster response; all of which helped in the preparation of the storm, and are now determining the damages it caused, as well as where and what kind of humanitarian aid is needed. Preliminary reports indicate that the impact of the storm was more significant in Port-au-Prince and the southeastern departments of the country. From day one, humanitarian organizations were distributing emergency supplies to the needy, including water, food, personal hygiene packs, blankets, and plastic sheeting, among other items and necessities. The difference now is that all these resources were already in-country, ready to be used in incidents like this. Due in large part to the professional response and organization of the Haitian government before, during, and after Tropical Storm Isaac, countless and priceless lives have been saved. Lesson learned. By Dialogo August 30, 2012last_img read more

2nd Annual Gavin’s Ride to be held Saturday

first_imgMILAN, Ind. — The 2nd Annual Gavin’s Ride will be held on Saturday with a breakfast starting at 9:00 AM.Ride registration will be held from 10 – 11:30, with the ride leaving at noon.The cost is $20 for individuals, $25 if you have a rider and both include dinner.If you are interested in dinner, but don’t want to ride, the cost for the dinner only is $8.WRBI’s Brent Lee will be broadcasting live and on location from 11 AM – 1 PM.Gavin’s Ride is a memorial ride and fundraiser in honor of Gavin Lee to support local athletes in the Ripley County Area.last_img

Killybegs farmer joins Farmers for Yes pro-choice campaign

first_imgA Donegal-based farmer has lent his support to the Farmers for Yes network, who are campaigning for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment.Francis Boyle (60) from Stragar, Killybegs, works on the sheep farm he was reared on and has managed since 1977. Mr Boyle said he has joined the campaign to change the current treatment of pregnant women under the Eighth Amendment.Francis described how “pregnancy is a big issue on the farm, where, even in sheep, we see how complicated it is, and how dangerous sometimes for both mother and foetus. As a farmer you take the best care you can, however you can.  And you hope the same care is available for all the human women too.” Francis Boyle (60) from Stragar, Killybegs, pictured with his wife Scottie Sabian (57), as part of the launch of Farmers for Yes.He said he respects that a lot of farming people may want to keep their views private regarding the upcoming referendum. However, he expressed his confidence that many farmers will be voting Yes because they are familiar with the common risks and complications of pregnancy and would always want the best of care for all of the women in their lives.Francis is particularly concerned for women living in rural Ireland who decide they cannot continue with a crisis pregnancy. They are faced with having to take the abortion pill illegally, in secret, with no access to medical supervision if something goes wrong or else they have to arrange the transport, finance and time off to travel to Britain to have an abortion there.  Francis said he believes that women in Ireland deserve this healthcare at home and end to the alternative dangerous and highly stressful scenarios. Killybegs farmer joins Farmers for Yes pro-choice campaign was last modified: May 8th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:8th amendmentfarmers for yespro choicelast_img read more