9 thoughts on “Haiti and UPS: updated

  1. “UPS has issued a statement saying the rumor about free shipping is not true, according to the Salvation Army. The damage to roads and communications networks means that UPS shipping services to Haiti are on hold. ”

    Can’t find anything about it on the UPS website, either.

  2. There is a huge backlog of vitally needed medical etc supplies that can’t get in. Airport, ports, roads are a mess and clogged with planes, boats, trucks carrying supplies and personnel, trying to get through. Roads are blocked by rubble and long lines of other vehicles. People are dying because needed medical supplies and personnel can’t get to where they are needed, and injured people cannot get to where help is available. Food and water also are jammed up and distribution is frustratingly and agonizingly difficult. They don’t need more “packages”, and UPS undoubtedly is unable to land anyway. Once a package got there, if it did get there, there is no way to get it to anyone. Best to give money and any requested supplies to a reputable agency.

    It is heartbreakingly hard to sit by wringing our hands when we want to jump in and *do* something – something more active than sending money.

  3. j, when I check things, it seems that the rate of error I discover is about 30%. But if I don’t check, it seems 100% I’m putting my trust in entirely the wrong places!

  4. Whenever there is a natural disaster,there is a lot of exaggeration and rumors at first,then things clear up and the real picture becomes clear.

  5. j, I do not share your feeling that these people are ‘just plain sick’. In cases where we think “wow, that’s really good of x to do that” and then it turns out that they haven’t we feel disappointed. Then we ask “How come these people aren’t doing more to help in cases where they feasibly can?”.

    It might not be a particularly nice method, but I think it does show-up the lack of support from big business.

  6. FR: When I said they were “sick”, I was referring to those who post hoax requests for money or announcements of “free” shipping etc – they are taking advantage of a disaster to line their own pockets, or get their kicks from raising hopes and taking advantage of others. And shame on them.


    This is a terrible idea. Send money to relief organizations, as sending packages may actually hinder relief operations.

    From the GlobalPost article “Haiti: Help with money, not stuff”

    “If you’re considering doing your part, that’s great. But, experts say, whatever you do, don’t donate anything but money. Under no circumstances should you mail care packages, toys, food or clothes. Don’t even think about sending drugs. The response to prior disasters shows that regardless of your intentions, you will only be making matters worse.

    That’s what happened in the aftermath of the December 2004 tsunami. The disaster was followed by an unprecedented outpouring of global generosity. This dramatically facilitated the grisly chore of cleaning up the tens of thousands of bodies left under the tropical sun, and it funded a reconstruction effort that, while far from perfect, provided roofs over the heads of many.”


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