Eric Rasmussen, Lessons from Haiti: The Power of Community and a New Approach to Disaster Management, The Solutions Journal, Volume 1, Issue 6, November 2010, Pages 79-84 ( Abstract: On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 2010, just before five o’clock, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The quake destroyed more than 280,000 buildings in the metropolitan area, killed perhaps 230,000 people within the first 72 hours, injured more than 300,000, and displaced more than 1 million. Some smaller towns to the southwest, particularly the coastal town of Leogane, were estimated to have lost 90 percent of the built structures within the town limits in the first quake and another 5 percent in subsequent aftershocks. Many members of the Haitian government died in the quake, as did important members of sectors as diverse as media, diplomacy, aid organizations, construction, education, air traffic control, law enforcement, transportation, communications, food provisioning, port services, medical care, water purification, and everything else. Haiti had found its Ground Zero. The international community’s response to such a disaster has been … Topics: Community; Environment