What Haiti needs most right now is
security. Though Haitians affected by the earthquake have a number of critical obvious needs, such as medical care, potable water, and food, the security issue is paramount amongst them. Without security doctors can't and some of them won't be able to effectively treat the wounded. Without security the aid organizations can't deliver critical supplies. Without security, Haitian-Americans who would like to make a long-term commitment to Haiti will be reluctant to do so. Without security civil conflict and violence will become the dominant discourse and actuality. Perhaps as importantly, as everyone recognizes, this is an opportunity to rebuild Haitian institutions, this opportunity will be lost even before it fully materializes.
Many people want to know how they can help Haiti. One place to start is by contact your congressperson and stressing the need for U.S., UN, and international troops in Haiti. This is a fundamental priority.