IMPACT
05/01/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Aid Groups Stretched As They Prepare For Potential Relief Efforts In Chile

Humanitarian groups are pulling together resources to respond to post-earthquake relief needs in Chile while continuing to respond to the Haitian earthquake relief effort, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"It stretches us, but we can handle it," said United National Children's Fund spokesman Patrick McCormick. "We would never say to Chile if they contacted us, 'Sorry, we're too busy in Haiti and can't help.' We would definitely respond somehow." For Unicef, Haiti is its biggest single emergency in a few years, requiring nearly 200 people there providing food, medicine, shelter and water, but it says it stands ready to aid Chile.

Other aid groups, including Save the Children and the Red Cross, are prepared to offer help despite being extended with their efforts in Haiti.

Most groups said they are accustomed to responding to multiple disasters at once, particularly in the past couple of years: a cyclone in Myanmar and an earthquake in western China in May 2008; Typhoon Morakot in southeast Asia, a tsunami in American Samoa and an earthquake in Indonesia between last August and September.

Groups say they are waiting on the Chilean government's official assessment of the situation to find out whether they are needed immediately on the ground in Chile.

Read more about the efforts of international aid groups in the wake of the Chilean earthquake at the Wall Street Journal.