Earthquake in Haiti: What Your Donation Will Buy

January 22, 2010

Here’s an example of what your donations to the American Red Cross for Haiti relief will buy:

  • $5 provides a water container to store clean drinking water
  • $10 provides a blanket that is appropriate to the climate and culture of the disaster-affected area
  • $25 provides a family of 5 with a kitchen set giving them the ability to cook and serve food (a disaster can destroy even the most basic family possessions and restoring family’s self-sufficiency is essential). This includes two cooking pots, a frying pan, bowls, plates, cups, and utensils.
  • $30 provides essential hygiene materials to 5 people for one month (ensuring adequate hygiene after a disaster is essential in promoting the health of those affected). This includes items like a toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, body soap, laundry soap, toilet paper, sanitary pads, a razor and a towel.
  • $60 provides tarps, rope, wood and tools for a family of five to build a temporary shelter. (2 tarps, rope, hoe, machete, tin snips, handsaw, roofing nails, shovel, long nails, tie wire, claw hammer)
  • $100 provides a cooking set, hygiene pack, blankets, and water containers for one family of five following a disaster.
  • $500 provides a family tent for a family of 5

Pacific Islands Tsunami: Photos

October 9, 2009

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Pacific Islands Tsunami: 2nd Tsunami Warning Riles Relief Efforts

October 8, 2009

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Before the tsunami warning Wednesday, 35 American Red Cross workers were able to assist American Samoa families in assembling 90 tents that will be used as temporary shelter on the island.

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American Samoa: Eyewitness Report

October 6, 2009

Monday, Oct. 5, 2009 11:45 p.m. EDT

American Samoa: “You’re talking long term….”

Almost a week after the tsunami destroyed or damaged the homes of at least 2,000 families in American Samoa, workers from the American Red Cross are going village to village to assist people who may be without housing for months and without electricity for a year or more.

“The government of American Samoa has identified all of the major and destroyed residences with the number of people in those residences, sorted by villages,” reports Barbara Riester, the American Red Cross worker in charge of bulk distribution in response to the tsunami.

“Based on the number of the people in the family, and at no charge, the American Red Cross is providing coolers, cooking kits, tarps, cots, work gloves, flashlights, trash bags and comfort kits.

“We’re dealing with 70 villages that were affected, some more heavily damaged than others,” Riester said. “We are sending our people out to those villages in whatever vehicle we have available, from buses to cars.

“Today, we were able to reach two villages—one small, one larger. In the small village, we addressed the needs of a two families with a total of 10 people. In the larger village, we helped 15 families with a total of 77 people.”

Each vehicle going to the villages with supplies is followed by a vehicle carrying American Red Cross workers who have been trained in constructing yurts—round tents that can be erected on a family’s land after the American Samoa government has certified that the property has been cleared of debris and has adequate sanitation systems.

“We want to make sure that where the family is setting up the tent is safe,” Riester said.

The tents may be in use for some time: Riester said that damaged or destroyed homes may take “months” to replace or repair and that electricity, which is out on half of American Samoa, may require generator assistance for as much as 12 to 24 months.

“You’re talking long term that people here will need assistance,” she said.

Riester, who is based in San Diego, is one of 70 American Red Cross workers who are in American Samoa to assist the Red Cross chapter and its 125-plus volunteers on the island.


Pacific Islands Tsunami: Photos

October 6, 2009

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