I’ve been thinking a lot today about preparing for disasters. It’s something we talk about a lot at Oxfam, but seeing it in action here in Padang after this earthquake has really made me realise just how essential it is.
Getting aid into a disaster zone quickly is incredibly difficult. Even getting immediate information about what’s happening is a challenge. In the hours after this earthquake, phone lines were down, roads were cut off and even though Oxfam and others were working flat out to try to respond, we all struggled to work out what had happened, and what was needed.