Another reminder to build back better for Haiti
I have experienced a couple of earthquakes while living in California. I don’t remember thinking, “I hope that the concrete doesn’t come down on me”. This never crossed my mind because I had come to expect a certain level of safety from my concrete. This security came because many players in a functioning supply system made sure my concrete was of quality. California and Haiti are worlds apart when it comes to concrete construction practices, even though they both are in earthquake zones.
Last night Haiti experienced another earthquake. I would bet good money that the lack of concrete quality was on the mind of hundreds of thousands in Haiti yesterday. They have vivid memories of the impact from poor concrete construction as a result of the 2010 quake that killed so many.
Luckily the reports indicate that there were no injuries or damage – beyond the frazzled nerves of those who fled their homes to sleep under the stars.
Unfortunately, we continue to hear that Haiti is being rebuilt using the same old methods and poor materials that created its poor concrete in the past. Sadly history may once again repeat itself in Haiti.
Last night’s quake is just one more reminder that Haiti needs access to a better concrete supply system. What can we all do to help?