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Letter: Natural Disaster Preparedness 101

To the Editor:

Can anyone explain to me why, after each natural disaster such as the typhoon in the Philippines, it takes the world a week or longer to show up with drinking water and maybe some MREs and blankets — especially when we can see it coming days in advance from satellites? Couldn’t planes be loaded and staged somewhere, say 500 to 1,000 miles out of the storm path, and take off as soon as the danger is over? Wouldn’t that allow them to easily drop supplies in containers to victims? What am I missing?

Sally Bellew

White River Junction