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Wednesday, October 12, 2005
  Earthquake
I think the government are responding more quickly to disasters now. It struck me as odd that during the aftermath of the Tsunami the media had managed to get on the ground, but the government and many agencies had not.

Birmingham has responded well, not just because there are many people with links to the area, but because Birmingham does tend to respond well.
 
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I think most cities have responded really well, all credit to the Media for creating a sense of urgency and postive proactive coordination.

For once the Media has done what it should always do, rather than the all to often negative stereotyping and social engineeering.

Some of the smaller less affluent areas in Birmingham raised over £300,000 in just two days.

Although the immediate concern is getting aid to the disaster stricken, in the long term, especially from the perspective of reconstruction, what can be done to prepare for an earthquake measuring over 7.5?

My close relatives from Kashmir felt the tremor but no casualties were reported as they live in an extremely rural area with few large concrete buildings. However two young girls who were living away from home in Ravlakot died when the school they studying in was demolished.
 
Why does it strike you as odd?

The media move in small teams - reporter, cameraman, producer/fixer and perhaps a security advisor.

A government response has to identify needs, move personnel, vehicles, heavy-lift aircraft and helicopters around the globe (with all the permissions required for overflight), establish logistics lines and then start shifting the volumes of supplies required.

The media will always be lighter on their feet in these circumstances.
 
You would expect some response from the ground.

In this instance I think DfID have been far better than the Tsunami.
 
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