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January 14, 2010

Using Tech For Haiti Disaster Relief

The people of Haiti have been in my thoughts and prayers as I find out more and more about the devastating earthquake. Here is information from a mom blogger friend who shared what she heard from a dear friend of hers with family in Haiti:

Port-au-Prince has been flattened.  The major landmark buildings that we all thought would survive anything and that have survived everything previously (including the 4 hurricanes last year) are all largely destroyed.  The National Palace is down.  The national cathedral is down.  The national penitentiary is down, and the 3,000+ most hardened criminals in Haiti who were being housed there have taken to the streets.

I am happy to see once again social media being used for good. The Wall Street Journal article summed it up in their article "Tech Lends a Hand in Haiti". That article lists some of the main sites collecting funds for disaster relief. Tonight the Clever Girls Collective did a Twitter party for Haiti relief. PC World posted that Google Earth revealed the devastation in Haiti, Google Earth has a web page that also summarizes Disaster Relief. Here is information from that page on ways to text donations:

The following organizations are accepting SMS donations in the US only-

  • SMS text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts
  • SMS text “YELE” to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts

Here is the image from Google Earth. Thinking good thoughts of safety and quick relief for the people of Haiti:


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Good info! Thanks for sharing.

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