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Haiti Earthquake Situation Report

January 14, 2010

(The following was transmitted by a U.S. Fund for UNICEF employee to the fund's headquarters in New York earlier this morning.)

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Team,

Latest intel is worse than expected. Needs severely outpace existing supplies. We do not have enough to keep the most vulnerable children alive. Desperately need more resources immediately. Please convey our dire need for help to all potential supporters. Children are dying.

Details on needs outlined below. More to follow.

HAITI EARTHQUAKE – PRELIMINARY NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND UPDATE

Transmitted: 14 January 2010 06.35

  • 3 million impacted. Casualties estimate high, over 100,000 dead. Tens of thousands more injured.
  • Immediate needs [without more of the following, casualties will skyrocket, especially children]:
    • Emergency medical supplies and temporary facilities
    • Safe water
    • Nutrition packets
    • Temporary shelter systems
  • Children separated from families exceed existing temporary shelters. Many are roaming in debris, injured, at risk of greater injury or death.
  • Electricity not available. Widespread structural damage. Shanty towns leveled. Local government completely unequipped to aid those impacted.

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To learn more about how you can help, visit our Earthquake Relief and Information page.

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Posted by kimmy  |   January 14, 2010 at 07:02 PM

This is Kimmy from M80, a marketing agency working with Royal Caribbean. In light of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti, Royal Caribbean is providing various relief efforts to the region. They have teamed up with Food For The Poor, a relief organization that provides direct assistance throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Anyone interested in assisting can make a donation, http://foodforthepoor.org/royalcaribbean. For regular updates on Royal Caribbean’s humanitarian relief efforts, you can visit President and CEO, Adam Goldstein’s blog: http://www.nationofwhynot.com/blog/. Thank you.

Posted by Michael Horvath  |   January 14, 2010 at 09:05 PM

I would just like to draw your attention to the use of international shipping containers as housing.

They are sitting around US ports unused. They can be shipped anywhere without special equipment. They can be lifted with cranes, etc.

Some websites that provide further info include the "PFNC Global Communities" homepage and the "Welcome to Container City" article at WiseBread.com.

The "containerbay" section at FabPrefab.com showcases a number of different possible designs as well as links to additional resources.

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