Poet-in-Residence is very angry.
The lessons of New Orleans were not taken on board and therefore the current aid and relief effort in Haiti is not proceeding as smoothly and as well as it should. Throwing charity money at the problem is not the answer. Now read the answer.
There is one resource that areas like the Caribbean, the Pacific, the Mediterranean have in abundance. That resource is cruise liners. In an emergency a large cruise liner could accommodate 20,000 persons in relative comfort. Ten large cruise liners could accommodate 200,000 persons. The victims of the disaster could be brought to the cruise liners in small boats. The cruise liners are equipped with small boats. These are called lifeboats. They can be used to bring the victims to the ships standing a mile or two offshore.
Cruise liners are equipped like small towns. They have kitchens, water, doctors, lights, electricity, in fact they have everything that is required.
As the victims are being brought on board the cruise liners the emergency services can begin to do their work; dispose of corpses, clear roads, restore electricity, reconnect water supplies, repair hospitals, erect storage facilities, repair and run the airports, the docks and all other essential pieces of infrastructure on land. Whilst this is going on teams of doctors, medical assistants and others can attend to the sick and injured on the cruise liner dedicated to be the hospital ship.
And so there it is. A basic and simple plan. A plan better than the chaos and bottlenecks that are always present at these disaster scenes.
The Poet-in-Residence blog is visited by 50 to 80 readers daily. "It's only a few," as Dylan Thomas said about support for his first poetry pamphlet idea, "but maybe it's the few that matter!"
Poet-in-Residence humbly requests the "few that matter" to promulgate this simple and effective rescue and aid plan in the right direction.
Together we may do some good. It is not yet too late. Today the Doomsday Clock stands at 6 minutes to midnight. Let's turn it back another 2 minutes!