This is not a normal post for me but when I saw the video footage of the wake of the recent earthquake in Haiti it made me want to jump on a plane and fly to help out. As a chiropractor, I want to adjust the victims of the quake, as well as the men and women who are going to be working long, hard hours during this emergency relief. I am unable to do that now for a variety of reasons, like many of you, but I still want to help so I am passing along some basic information.
- Financial Donations
- Donate $10 to the American Red Cross – charged to your cell phone bill – by texting “HAITI” to “90999.” This is so easy it’s a no-brainer, took me 5 seconds.
- Contribute online to the Red Cross
- Find more ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information.
Get Information about Friends or Family
The State Department Operations Center has set up the following phone number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747 (due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording). You can also send an email to the State Department. Please be aware that communications within Haiti are very difficult at this time.
When I was in Bali volunteering doing chiropractic work in a health clinic a earthquake hit and destroyed many houses, infrastructure, including one of our remote clinics. So we were out treating victims, as well as the soldiers and government officials who showed up to provide emergency relief. It is difficult to describe but I send my support and best wishes to those survivors of the quake and those who are there helping with the emergency efforts. It also reminds us in the Bay Area how vulnerable we are, so make sure you have your emergency kit ready (this guide is put together by the Red Cross and the San Francisco Chronicle).