No emergency response, much less an international response to a major disaster, is ever flawless. But, it’s important to note problems and follow up on them in order to improve the response to future disasters. One life lost, if it was avoidable, is too many.
The flow of relief into Haiti has been impeded by damage to transportation systems and low capacity of the single operating airport. Some believe transportation flow could have been increased by moving earlier to establish alternate airports and repairing damage to the port in Port-au-Prince.