Catastrophic Earthquake in Haiti: Some resources and information
By now, most readers know of the catastrophic earthquake (link to BBC News Service) that hit the Caribbean island nation of Haiti. Relief efforts are already on the way, and they do need help from folks in terms of donations. Here are some resources that may be of interest:
- The news coverage from the BBC News Service. In addition to the news, BBC provides additional information such as a country profile so you can learn more about the nation of Haiti.
- Here is the coverage from CNN.
- The U.S Department of State has an information page as well.
- USAID (the U.S. Agency for International Development) has information on their response to the situation as well as some information for those wishing to make monetary donations, materials donations, or even volunteer to help.
- The American Red Cross is responding. Get information here also on how to donate. If you want to volunteer, your best bet is to contact your local Red Cross chapter. In this area, that would be Smith County Chapter.
- So are Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres--MSF) Story here.
- You may have heard or seen on the news that the United Nations (UN) has a headquarters in Haiti that was destroyed. The United Nations has peacekeepers in Haiti, who are now involved in the relief efforts. Learn more about the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
- "Diaspora Mobilize to Help Haiti in Earthquake Aftermath."
- "Haiti: First Reactions to the 7.0 Earthquake." This post links to some Francophone bloggers, who were among the first to write about the events. Yes, they are written in French.
- "Haiti:Earthquake!" links to some of the initial accounts by bloggers and users of Twitter. This also gives you a sampling of how others in the rest of the Caribbean have reacted as well.