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Comment by Crystal Bellar on March 4, 2010 at 7:34pm
I think the major problem in 3rd world countries is that priorities come in this order
1) water 2) food 3) immediate shelter THEN 4)shelter that will withstand a disaster

Of course when building structures earthquake safety needs to be taken into consideration... but the money, education (engineering) and understanding of natural disasters must all be in place before earthquake safety can even begin.

With over a million homeless- the goal isn't to build structures that survive the next 100 year quake; it is to have anything that isn't outside as soon as possible.

What is needed are cheap, and easy to implement earthquake resistant structures. Things that require little education and local materials- then earthquake safety is possible and people will add it. But, if the choice is between food and earthquake resistant shelter- the earthquake resistant shelter will be scrapped.
Comment by Armando Guevara on March 4, 2010 at 7:39pm
Crystal, I completely agreed. But if we focus on providing water, food, and immediate shelter too much, we will start to forget about earthquake safety. We will be not able to solve their future problem if we start understand this problem and face it with a solution NOW. Time's now, Crystal. However, we still provide them with these priorities. But I personally think that people will be much happier if we start caring about their safety now.
Comment by Wintermute on March 4, 2010 at 7:47pm
Yeah that's a tough one. Its interesting that whats required is flexible structures. I'm gonna thing about that.

Good post, and good comment Crystal.
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 5, 2010 at 10:22pm
The thing is, food and water are already pretty well established. Having volunteered after three catastrophes, I never found people starving in the way everyone assumes they are. Its very difficult to get the food in when its actually needed - right after the disaster. As soon as the infrastructure is cleared off and open, food comes in.

The things that aren't being addressed are the more difficult things to plan for, the ones that are contextual to each disaster. Locally adapted construction methods that could withstand disasters fall in that category.

So I completely, absolutely disagree with Crystal. Its never too soon to start thinking of a sustainable solution for a problem. Thats why one of the best relief groups I've worked with is Architecture for Humanity. Their wh*** goal is to start training local architects right after a disaster so by the time people can start rebuilding, there are locals who are up to speed on the latest, most effective technologies.

Its this either/or mentality with food/shelter/jobs that people need to get over. Both/And is the way to go...
Comment by Armando Guevara on March 6, 2010 at 3:23am
Exactly, I completely and definitely agreed with you, Nick.


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