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Old 01-14-2010, 06:02 AM   #1
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Firstly Let me say my heart goes out to Haiti and it's people. The devastation of the country and it's people from the earthquake is impossible to imagine as I sit here safe in my home in California with my family. I hope and pray that the many people working to bring relief and aid to this country are able to do so quickly and efficiently.

This is exactly the type of unforeseen catastrophe that leads me to try to be prepared for an emergency. From what I hear there is no electricity, no running water and most of the medical community is in ruins. Three hospitals have collapsed and sadly many possibly hundreds of medical staff are feared dead. As much as 1/3 of the people are in the streets without homes or shelter now.

This is a tragedy of unbelievable magnitude. How will the people survive? How and when will the aid reach them.

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Old 01-14-2010, 06:14 AM   #2
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Google LatLong: Haiti imagery layer now available

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Old 01-14-2010, 03:29 PM   #3
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Imagery file for use in Google Earth along with other recent images.

Google LatLong: Imagery & maps in the wake of the Haiti Earthquake

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This trajedy is of epic proportions, but it could have been lessened. The government of Haiti has a long history of corruption and civil rights abuses. The $4 bil sent to Haiti annualy by the US government has never trickled down to the citizens of Haiti. The weak infastructure, lack of building codes and the absence of human compassion made this worse than it should have been. Mother Nature was not kind, but the blood of the people of Haiti will always be on the Haitian government.

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Everything is in ruins! The hospitals, police station, and prison were all destroyed. Along with all those homeless from the civil population, there are those who were locked up in prison among them. These poor people are truely on their own!!

American Red Cross
International Relief Fund
1-800-RED-CROS
1-800-733-2767
TEXT: "HAITI" to 90999
Automatically donates $10 to the Red Cross relief effort

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Americans seeking information on family members in Haiti, call ...
1-888-407-4747

More infor on how you can help:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,582902,00.html

Beware of SCAMS http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/01/13/world-looks-help-haitians-scammers/

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This trajedy is of epic proportions, but it could have been lessened. The government of Haiti has a long history of corruption and civil rights abuses. The $4 bil sent to Haiti annualy by the US government has never trickled down to the citizens of Haiti. The weak infastructure, lack of building codes and the absence of human compassion made this worse than it should have been. Mother Nature was not kind, but the blood of the people of Haiti will always be on the Haitian government.
Agreed. I feel like a jerk for even thinking it, but i can't help but wonder what the place will look like a year or two after the rescue efforts end. I don't think it will get any better, longterm, not easily anyway.
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Even if you stored provisions in such an event, it is entirely possible that it all could be buried in rubble and inaccessible. I hadn't considered this before.

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I have personally been there many years ago with the Norweigan Cruise Lines. The people are warm and gracious. But very poor. There is no Building Code. The Government there does not try to improve living conditions.
My heartfelt condolences go out to those who lost loved ones..

I just hope that the aid and help actually get to those who need it !!

Hopefully the nice young man, Miguel, who watched my belongings while snorkeling is O.K. along with his family. He was 13 at the time. Probably about 33 now.. My heart is grieving for him.. According to the cruise lines, 1 dollar was a good tip for watching belongings. ( I gave him 5 bucks as he sat by and did not leave my belongings once) And a nice polite young man trying to make money for his family and deserved more than just a measely dollar ! And I even bought lunch for him and joined my family to a nice beach picnic.

I wish I could go back to help.. Crap, now I'm bummed out..

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Agreed. I feel like a jerk for even thinking it, but i can't help but wonder what the place will look like a year or two after the rescue efforts end. I don't think it will get any better, longterm, not easily anyway.
Let's send noboma and the rest of the DC Royals down there to "Help the people" with a one-way ticket.
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This trajedy is of epic proportions, but it could have been lessened. The government of Haiti has a long history of corruption and civil rights abuses. The $4 bil sent to Haiti annualy by the US government has never trickled down to the citizens of Haiti. The weak infastructure, lack of building codes and the absence of human compassion made this worse than it should have been. Mother Nature was not kind, but the blood of the people of Haiti will always be on the Haitian government.
Im sure we will throw money at it, more than anyone else will. Of course we will be chastized by the rest of the world for not doing enough.
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