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Earthquake In Haiti—We As Individuals Have The Resources To Help

Haiti Twitter earthquake picture

(Update–1/14/10–-I’ve compiled a post of links to individuals and news agencies covering the  situation in Haiti.)

A terrible earthquake and strong aftershocks have hit our hemispheric neighbors in Haiti.

Above is a picture from the disaster.

UNICEF has made an emergency appeal for help for Haiti.

A hospital has collapsed and poorly constructed buildings and homes have been destroyed.

The resources do not exist in Haiti to build things up to earthquake-proof standards.

Haiti was already the poorest nation in our hemisphere.

Here is information about earthquakes. We hear about earthquakes, but do we know what they are?

Haiti has often been struck by natural disasters.

Hurricane Ike, which did so much damage in the United States in 2008, was one of four hurricanes to hit Haiti in that year.

A big cloud of dust has been reported over the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. since the earthquake.  This cloud is thought to have been kicked up by structures knocked down by the earthquake.

Here is a link to an extensive history of Haiti.

Haiti was founded in 1804 by black people–former slaves— who won independence from France.

Here is a profile of Haiti from the BBC.

Most of us are able to write a least a small check for earthquake  relief in Haiti. Think of all the things we waste our money on in day-to-day life.

Here is a link to a list of groups taking money for earthquake relief in Haiti.

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker Must Have A Broad And Hopeful View Of Who Our Neighbors Are—The Earthquake In Haiti

“The weekend freeze has ended on a good note and city departments reported no major problems. Our city faired well, but it reminds us to check on our neighbors during these times. It makes our city stronger and better prepares us when other weather-related situations occur. – Annise”

What you see above is a Facebook post made yesterday by new Houston Mayor Annise Parker. She was writing about the recent unusually cold weather we have had in Houston.

Mayor Parker addressed the cold weather in Houston as one of the first acts in her term as Mayor. Mayor Parker’s response to the cold was swift and caring.

With the earthquake in Haiti, I wrote what you see below on Mayor Parker’s Facebook page in response to her comments on the cold weather and her view that those put at risk by the cold are our neighbors.

Mayor Parker–Thank you for your attention to the needs of our people during the cold weather. I think the efforts of our city made a difference in saving lives. You addressed this issue right from the start.

With the earthquake in Haiti today, I wonder if Haiti has a consulate in Houston. Is there a formal way we can express our concern as citizens of Houston? These folks in Haiti are our neighbors just as much as our own people that might be out in the cold.

Our strength in Houston comes from welcoming a diverse population. I’m sure there are many people from Haiti in our city.

We can’t accept the benefits of diversity without taking on the obligations. Can just one crew of city workers go to Haiti to provide help? What about an appeal to Haitians in our city and all people in our city to write a check for disaster relief?

This is an international city and all people are our neighbors. Your official duties are here at home. But given what we gain from elsewhere in the world, your obligations and our obligations are extensive. Thank you.

Here is a story reporting that Los Angeles County has sent a fire rescue team to help people in Haiti.

If the good people of Los Angeles county can offer help, so can the City of Houston.

We can all at least make a small effort to help our neighbors in need.

Here is a link discussing groups taking donations for earthquake relief in Haiti.

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