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Stages of Disaster Response:
A Cautionary Tale

  1. Donations spike in the immediate aftermath.
  2. A huge portion of the funds donated are spent on setting up disaster-relief operations that are no longer the primary need.
  3. A flood of cash and materials cause a logistics nightmare leading to waste and ineffectiveness, if not corruption.
  4. Six months later, reconstruction stalls because the world's attention has moved elsewhere.
  5. And, finally, a series of reports bemoan the fact that too many funds are devoted to disaster relief and not enough to disaster preparedness and reconstruction.
--Timothy Ogden, Editor in Chief of Philanthropy Action


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