FLIP SIDE people

A flip side that is making itself evident slowly but surely.

Lahore is running out of medical supplies. There is no cotton guage in retail stores anywhere in Gulberg & Cantt, Lahore. This trend will continue.

People… we need organization. We need proper organized effort. What if there is a need for these medical supplies in Lahore? Where will we get those from? From up north?

I am in no way suggesting we slow down the great, great, great effort by everyone. MashAllah. All I am saying is that in all the commotion of emotions, we do not lose track of a good ol organized, sustained effort. The bottom line is ‘sustained effort’.

Me and my friends and family are looking at it from a SUSTAINABLE EFFORT point of view. It is with this SUSTAINABLE effort that I have put up a website at Earthquake In Pakistan. I hope you guys understand this point and adjust your ’emotions bars’ accordingly. Plan this effort. They need us…

God bless and Good luck to all of us

peace and pray.

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3 Comments so far

  1. Asma Mirza (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 12:04 am

    Agree, proper planning and management should be done of such things!!

  2. exciton (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 2:48 am

    This is part of the learning process that we as a nation are going through, since we are not equipped to handle devastation at such a catastrophic scale. Logistics coordination is usually the most complex aspect of any large relief effort. Army’s Ordinance teams are trained specifically for this purpose.

    It is imperative that effort duplication, which results in waste of effort/resources, is avoided.

    Sustainability will require help from the broadcast media, as they will act as the communication channel. This can be done. If a single effective command and control cell is established and constant communication is routed through that cell, through electronic media, with the subordinate regional cells. Volunteers can man cell phones for coordination.

    I must say: It is heart-warming to see (read about) all the outpouring of support, the love, the generosity, and the unity of Pakistanis.

    I have no doubt in my mind that this time can be categorized as the shining moment for all the Pakistanis and Lahorates. However, I completely agree, we must manage the outpouring of support in order to ensure a sustained effort. We need to realize and understand that this will take months and not days or weeks before the situation will stabilize. And insha Allah it will stablize. But we must dig in for the long haul and must not allow to “burn” ourselves out, emotionally and otherwise, through over-exuberant bursts in the short-term.

  3. Kashif (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 11:35 am

    Agreed with Exciton that sustainability requires help from the broadcast media. Infact sustainability is a community effort. Although Masha’Allah we are doing great so far in assembling the relief support, there is a clear lack of coordination between various groups doing it.

    What I think about increasing the efficiency of coordination, we have to strengthn the coordination and communication in between the groups. For example, if we have to collect medicine, let’s make a list of them and distribute it between the groups so that everybody wouldn’t rush to buy same item which cause delays in the relief operation.

    Also, transporation of relief goods to northern areas seems to be an issue now. We should join forces in that as well.

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