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You can help the red cross of idaho help with the Disaster in Haiti

Editor’s Note:  The following article first appeared in our proof-of-concept edition of January 6th, 2010. 500 prototype issues were published but none were distributed publicly.  This is the first public appearance of that issue and its contents.


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The American Red Cross has already fulfilled its initial commitment of sending $10 million for relief efforts in Haiti but in light of the outpouring of support for this epic humanitarian crises, additional money will be sent as soon as disaster specialists know more about the situation on the ground in Haiti and the greatest short- and long-term needs of the victims. The Red Cross now has dozens of disaster specialists in Haiti, assessing the damage, addressing urgent needs and establishing the foundation for a long-term recovery operation.

Two planes carrying Red Cross humanitarian assistance were due to land this afternoon in Port-au-Prince. The first one carried a field hospital and the second carried tarps, blankets, hygiene items, buckets, shelter supplies and kitchen sets. The aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake has posed logistical challenges for all humanitarian organizations, including Red Cross responders, who are working around the clock to meet the challenges and ensure aid reaches the survivors.

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti near the capital of Port-au-Prince caused catastrophic damage and significant loss of life. An estimated 3 million people are affected and in some areas, 70 percent of the houses have been damaged. Thousands of survivors spent a third night out in the open without shelter. Many people are camping out at around 40 gathering points throughout the city, too scared to spend the night inside damaged buildings that could collapse at any moment.

Priority needs for the earthquake victims are food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support.



While search and rescue efforts continue, thousands remain trapped and the death toll is rising.





Many areas are accessible, but some roads are covered with debris, making travel within the capital city difficult. There is a near-total blackout in Port-au-Prince and due to limited electricity, communications remain difficult with unreliable land and cellular lines, which are critically important to coordinate and direct such a massive disaster response.

The International Committee of Red Cross has established a special website to help reconnect separated families. More than 6,000 people have registered so far on www.icrc.org/familylinks.

People who want to help those affected by the Haitian earthquake can make a donation to the American Red Cross International Response Fund at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. The Red Cross is also receiving money through a third party mobile fundraising effort sponsored by Mobile Accord. Mobile donors can text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross. The funds will go to support the Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.

For those trying to reach a U.S. citizen living or traveling in Haiti, please contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747. If a loved one has citizenship in Haiti, please continue to call or contact other family members who live nearby. Telephone, Internet and other communication lines are often disrupted in times of disaster so the public is encouraged to be patient.





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