Glenn Reynolds from Popular Mechanics magazine has an interesting article about what the US can learn from the earthquake disaster in Haiti. He warns that while the US has greater wealth and better infrastructure than Haiti, it doesn’t mean that disaster relief will necessarily arrive quickly.
He cites examples where roads and airports have been damaged and blocked, which was the case with New Orleans and large stretches of the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
The advice : same as we have here. Get yourself prepared in terms of gear, supplies and knowledge. Because in the end, you can only depend on yourself.