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I don't quite understand, Andy. About going from SD to Haiti, it says you can either fly or go with Caribe Tours, http://www.caribetours.com.do . That's the company which normally has a bus service from SD to PaP. I don't know if the quake has changed, but obviously neither does the LP book. Information about transport, accommodation and dining in Port-au-Prince is understandably useless. Maps of PaP can be found all over the internet. Check out http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/world_cities/txu-oclc-51277879-port_au_prince2-1994-small.jpg , that's quite extreme, but as you see it's so much more comprehensive than any LP map. LP has maps of the areas which are interesting for tourists, which means that e.g. the slum areas are totally left out.
I know you mean it well, but I just wanted to say this.
Jørgen, your advice is dangerous to these workers. they have neither the time or the skill to find every map needed on the Internet. This is the easy solution to a difficult problem. Port-au-Prince is a megalopolis, it spreads out. The volunteers may have to go North, East, South, or West to find housing there only hope is a guidebook.
The Internet in Haiti is down, only the BGAN satellite Internet groups are prepared, and this is less than 10 percent of the volunteers.
People are afraid to go to Haiti during normal time, I saw 3 tourist in two months of being on the ground in Haiti. They need to spend the money and at least download the five dollars chapter on Port-au-Prince.
You do not go into a disaster zone under-prepared, and for sure you can never say to yourself, if I have a problem I will download from the Internet.
This is just not reality, it is dangerous mentality, and the reason people are too afraid to go to Haiti, they know they should not, but I did, because I can.
I am worried, there are tourist grade volunteers going to Haiti, this is lunacy. They will need the Haiti people to save them.