Thursday, January 14, 2010
iReport roundtable: Today at 3 p.m. ET

Please join us here at 3 p.m. ET for our weekly roundtable discussion to talk about how the iReport community can help with the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

 

We've gotten calls, emails and private messages from iReporters asking what the community can do to help, so let's try to brainstorm some ideas.

 

CNN.com has a list of charities, aid groups and other ways you can help on the Link Impact Your World Impact Your World page, so that would be a good place to start.

 

Team iReport is devoting most of its resources to vetting iReports from Haiti and trying to help connect people with their loved ones in Haiti, so we're not going to be able to be here for the meeting.

 

We've been doing this for a long time, so we're confident that you'll be able to run the meeting on your own.

 

Comments will open at 3 p.m. ET. We're looking forward to hearing your ideas.

127 Comments
January 14, 2010
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As iReporters we have an opportunity to really make a difference in the world. These are the exact moments that define what the human spirit is about. “International disaster relief is coordinated through the Red Cross, are presently on the ground now, offering sheltering and feeding assistance. Immediate needs include food, water, shelter, medical supplies and services and emotional support” American Red Cross. http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.edd4398600b584f5fef71210c23f78a0/?vgnextoid=00a00628b1cde110VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD

 

If needing news about loved one.

http://www.icrc.org/familylinks

January 14, 2010
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Mon oncle Herve Francois a 55 ans et est professeur au Saint Jean Avangeles dans le Port-AU-le Prince surtout autour du Delmas 40 secteur numéro 410. N'importe qui avec les informations contacte s'il vous plaît sa famille 917 346 0560 ou 973 444 7210

January 14, 2010
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Hi everyone and welcome to this week's roundtable. I'm not sure how long I'll be able to stay today, because we're doing a lot of work on this Haiti Missing project.

 

I'm excited that so many people want to do some sort of iReport project to help people in Haiti.

 

I'm really proud of everyone.

 

The big question is, what can you do?

 

I want to encourage everyone to brainstorm some ideas of things we could do as a community.

 

We'll look at everyone's ideas tonight.,

January 14, 2010
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I can offer data input on my computer, making up list of names?  Would that help?

January 14, 2010
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Hello one and all.

January 14, 2010
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We could do a PSA on the list of charities, that are geared to help Haiti.

January 14, 2010
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Blood is needed

 

January 14, 2010
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Hello everyone - I've set up a portal for iReporters to donate to Doctors Without Borders, an internationally-recognized humanitarian organization working to provide healthcare to people in Haiti. Please contribute!

http://www.firstgiving.com/ireportersforhaiti

Video coming soon.

January 14, 2010
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Why can't they use the jacks out of cars to lift heavy concrete.

January 14, 2010
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@MarieSager -- I appreciate the offer. I'll let you know if we figure out a way to do it.

January 14, 2010
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I would like to know why is taking so long to help these people. I see the UN personnel is helping to rescue their own, these people in haiti don't have no equipment

what's going on?  i believe they should use all form or transportation to get to these people quickly.

January 14, 2010
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Check with local red cross about setting up blood drives

get information out be it emails, blogs, faxes, phones, blueberries, whatever. Local red cross There is no information available that evacuations are taking place. There are massive power outages and infrastructure damages and transportation is only for official purposes at this time” Red Cross statement-

"To shore up blood supplies gives them ability to freely distribute to the earthquake victims desperately in need of blood". The Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive here soon. Can others see if the same is happening where you live?

 

January 14, 2010
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Post information directly to ireports coming in with links helping them instantly.

January 14, 2010
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@maddogza -- That's really cool. I didn't know you could do that.

@adriana71 -- The PSA idea could be cool too. Particularly if it was really personal, like "here's how i'm doing my part to help...." or something like that that's less lame.

January 14, 2010
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@WasauFamily Nothing around here yet.

January 14, 2010
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Sorry.... back to posting on ireports coming in.

January 14, 2010
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It may sound like ridiculous but why can they use helipcopters that can bring them into the city to help the haitian people. I've being watching CNN and I don't see much help going on.

January 14, 2010
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I am connected to many runners via Twitter and came up with the idea to do a RUN4HAITA on Saturday January 16th.  A very simple concept:

 

Run at least a 5k on Saturday for the people of Haiti. Run alone or with a group!

 

Race Fee: Red Cross: Text HAITI to 90999 ($10 donation) Yéle Haiti: Text YELE to 501501 ($5 donation) (Wyclef Jean's charity)

 

I created this idea, going off Nike’s idea of the “The Human Race 10k” every where in the world runs a 10k on a certain day.  http://nikerunning.nike.com/nikeos/p/nikeplus/en_US/humanrace/?id=race_day

 

I tried to market it on the Daily Mile (http://www.dailymile.com/events/13175-run4haiti) and Twitter (#RUN4HAITA) last night and actually started to  receive some responses and a lot of RTs. With so many people running on Saturday mornings I believe this would be a great way to spread the word. Especially, if we had large platforms to help spread the word via CNN and the Red Cross. Wouldn’t it be awesome if CNN could create a link allowing people to view how many people took part and donated/ran?!

 

Please contact me : ryanpconrad@gmail.com I would love to help coordinator this effort if you believe this is worthwhile!

 

Count your blesses!

 

-Ryan

 

Twitter: @iamconrad

 

January 14, 2010
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this earthquake in Haiti is probably the biggest news story I have ever covered.....moments ago I got word that a good acquaintance of mine...Frank Garlock...who writes music along with his wife......was in Haiti since last week ....and is among the missing......we are praying that they find him...

January 14, 2010
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I was also thinking that we could talk about what we are doing to help.  Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, Global Giving are all reputable places. 

January 14, 2010
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my church I attend is looking for a way to help the victims of the quake in Haiti......more details on that...later on...

January 14, 2010
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why can the military get into Port Au Prince by helipcopter, to be more specific.

January 14, 2010
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@belkysfaus -- those are all excellent questions and I honestly don't know the answers. You might want to check out our special coverage page to get that information http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/haiti.quake/?hpt=T1

 

January 14, 2010
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Unfortunately, I can't stay. I'll check in again if I can before the close.

January 14, 2010
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Wow, I think I'm going to contact one of the many bznz that are donating huge amounts to Haiti.

January 14, 2010
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@iamconrad -- good to hear from you. That sounds like a cool idea. You should post an iReport about it today or tomorrow. or let us know how it turns out.

January 14, 2010
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A SOCK DRIVE here in Los Angeles at the CNN headquarters.  I can take donations there and make packets up with hand wipes/or body wipes enclosed as there will be a shortage of water soon.  I've noticed a lot of survivors needing attention in that area and SOCKS would keep down the infection.  CNN can airlift the boxes.  ????

January 14, 2010
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Hi Everyone..

January 14, 2010
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On the news today it was mentioned that the bodies of those who have died are being sent to a location to be buried without identifying them. At least have someone take pictures of faces before they are sent off for burial, so that a log or online log can be created. Perhaps at some point families will have a chance to identify family members or friends.

January 14, 2010
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@BGFStudio With Computer tech these day: A picture, a number, location and a dna sample. Dover AFB needs to send a burial team.

 

January 14, 2010
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We have a large group of iReporters here in LA and surrounding areas that could host the drive at the CNN Headquarters.  It's on Sunset and we could set up outside and as people drive by they can throw the socks into boxes. I've seen Firemen do something like that when I lived on the East Coast they would stand on the corner while people drove by holding their firemen boots and as people drove by they donated money.  We need to stay with things that can help and that people can purchase.  I'm thinking outloud, sorry!

January 14, 2010
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Hey guys! sorry i'm late, I got caught up in my work!

January 14, 2010
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my daughter is 8 years old and is at school collecting 1 dollar donations what would be the best way to get it where it need to as soon as possible.

January 14, 2010
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Uploading a video right now about Doctors Without Borders in Haiti.

 

@WasauFamily, @MarieSager, @adriana71, @WCNreporter, and @Pixel

 

What do you guys think of my idea? I'm trying to get the iReport community together to donate to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

 

Would you guys be willing to make a small donation and post a video of yourself contributing? I think we could raise a lot of money that way!

https://www.firstgiving.com/ireportersforhaiti

January 14, 2010
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Great idea juanocha.

January 14, 2010
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I tried to get back to the roundtable but kept getting a message that there was a problem with the page load. Sorry!

January 14, 2010
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Hi everyone, this was gearing up to be a great discussion. Sorry that technical gremlins got in the way.

There were some great ideas.

 

January 14, 2010
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I lost my cousin, the only child my auntie has, OMG why, Why, why, i cant take this, And the rest of them in danger thats what my uncle told me. I am losing my mind.They live in Port-au-Prince,Fouchard

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January 14, 2010
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Being a Haitian, I appreciate the fact that there is alot of donations and aid going to Haiti. I personally think that these donations, or monies, should not be given to the government of Haiti. The reason being is because they only care for themselves and not the Haitian people. The president will most likely take the money and take care of their own business.They also will put the rest in their account and leave the people to struggle. I think it would be a better idea for whomever is giving the money, to take the initiative to control the happenings of the money. These donations are enough to fix Haiti if it falls in the right hands. The government of Haiti will not be able to handle this situation.To tell you the truth, I love Haiti and I am 100% Haitian but the best way to help them build houses, streets, schools, and markets. Please pass this message to whomever is in charge.

January 14, 2010
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Where is the Haiti government? I watch CNN, NBC, FOX, and I didn't see one thing about the government speak out or give some news conference, where are they? and also why everytime there are disaster, why other country always depend on the US help, I know we are rich and powerful country in the world, what about other country help out too. I mean I feel sympathy for the people Haiti. god bless the people in Haiti.

 

thanks

kevin

January 14, 2010
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We Are Missing A Family Member The Name Of The Family Member Is Elzike Petit-Frere.. Please Contact Us Please!!..

January 14, 2010
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I believe that the Haitian government, with the help of foreign and international aid, should set up a recording that will be played via large speakers using helicopters, and trucks.

1) The recording should call upon all Haitian patriots such as: nurses, doctors, medical personnel, and civilians with rescue experience (Red Cross) or volunteers, and urge them to join the foreign aids at a predetermined location for specific assignments that will assist the rescue effort.

2) There should be teams of expert (foreign or national) in place that will give crash courses to volunteers on how to rescue, and provide basic medical care to victims.

3) Teams should be dispatched to severely affected areas. Team leaders should have some form of communication device to report progress and challenges to rescue headquarters.

January 14, 2010
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Can anyone tell me why we have not heard from the Dominican Republic? They are the Haitians neughbor yet CNN has said nothing about their involvement or help.

January 14, 2010
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I cannot believe that the government cannot at least take photos of the dead so that the families can get some kind of closer.  We are talking about people not animals.  I have family down there and would want to know.  If I can get down there to bury them before they are dumped in some random whole somewhere.

January 14, 2010
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i need to know these people: Sevenert Dort, Verlene Dort, Yenese Dort and Yourvens Dort, please send me a message if you know about these people.

January 14, 2010
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Watching your broadcast of the tragedy in Haiti, I'm glad for the fast information that modern technology brings us.  However, couldn't CNN stop reporting for an hour or two and start allowing the citizens of Haiti to come before the camera in prim-time to let their loved ones know in the states that they are alive???  It just appears to me is that in the "rush" to be the first news team on the ground we forget our humanity!

January 14, 2010
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I see the footage of bodies disappearing from the world - with families never to know the fate of their loved ones.

SUGGESTION: In lieu of records, take pictures of the deceased, of as many as posible. Put the reporters to effective task. Create a catalogue so that once the dust settles, perhaps there will be some way for families to know the fate.

January 14, 2010
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There has been a lot of talk about setting up tent cities in Haiti.  Tents are very temporary.  I started browsing the net looking at portable housing and found something called Concrete Canvas locted in Britain.  Their products seem to be well suited to provide immediate and somewhat long term shelters that can be used for a variety of purposes.  I wonder if we will see them in Haiti.

January 14, 2010
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Now is the time for every professional athlete to step up and make a difference!  Can there be a better opportunity to GIVE BACK not only on a community level but on a world level than to donate to the Haiti cause?  Lets hope that momentum builds and that we see MLB, NHL, NFL, and other high priced athletes make a difference!

January 14, 2010
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Please take some pictures before disposing the lifeless bodies. Without a picture there is no way to really know who is deceased. Please see to it that pictures of these corps are being taken. Please!!!!!!

January 14, 2010
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Presidents of the world, send your doctors to Haiti. Money does not heal the wounds.

January 14, 2010
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http://www.easy-share.com/1909001649/Haiti.m4v is a great video. Also, circulating on FB statuses of ppl from the region are an array of links to videos and pictures as well as really heartbreaking cries for help of frinds/family members trapped in rubble, exact addresses and all!

January 14, 2010
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URGENT****URGENT****PLEASE WE NEED TO HAVE A SEARCH TEAM GO OUT TO UNIBANK BOURDON...WE HAVE CONFIRMATION THAT CHRISTINE LEGAGNEUR IS ALIVE AND STUCK UNDER THE RUBBLES...PLEASE CIRCULATE...HER NUMBERS 3558-1388; 3733-7213..THANK YOU VERY MUCH

 

please put this on the air we need to get this message across

January 14, 2010
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I feel terrible for Haiti and especially the children that lost their parents.  Could you do a segment on how Haiti has become a poor country?  Every news outlet talks about how Haiti is such a poor country, but no news outlet talks about HOW Haiti became a poor country or the history of Haiti.  In order to help a country come out of poverty we need to understand how and why it has become a poor nation.  Maybe this article could help...

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/14-13

January 14, 2010
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Miyou Saint-FortOMG!I AM CURRENTLY SPEAKIN TO MY PEOPLE WHERE I LIVE IN HAITI @ VILLAGE COLOFE II,TABARRE 48 RIGHT ACROSS THE AMERICAN AMBASSY AND BEHIND THE HISTORIC PARC OF CANNE-A-SUCRE OR SUGAR CAN.THEY IN NEED OF"WATER,""GAS" FOR THEIR GENERATOR FOR"ELECTRICITY"AND FOR"FOOD".PLEASE HELP POST IT ON CNN TRY TO CONTACT ANY HELPING CENTER YOU CAN. HELP MY PEOPLE OUT PLZ MY PARENTS AND ALL.CNN HELP US OUTRED CROSS HELP US OUT.

January 14, 2010
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Miyou Saint-FortOMG!I AM CURRENTLY SPEAKIN TO MY PEOPLE WHERE I LIVE IN HAITI @ VILLAGE COLOFE II,TABARRE 48 RIGHT ACROSS THE AMERICAN AMBASSY AND BEHIND THE HISTORIC PARC OF CANNE-A-SUCRE OR SUGAR CAN.THEY IN NEED OF"WATER,""GAS" FOR THEIR GENERATOR FOR"ELECTRICITY"AND FOR"FOOD".PLEASE HELP POST IT ON CNN TRY TO CONTACT ANY HELPING CENTER YOU CAN. HELP MY PEOPLE OUT PLZ MY PARENTS AND ALL.CNN HELP US OUTRED CROSS HELP US OUT.

January 15, 2010
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CNN - although we appreciate the 24 hour coverage, I think that your air time could be used more wisely.  Instead of showing the same segments over and over and over again, why not take a couple of hours and have survivors identify themselves on TV and reach out to their families abroad (US, Canada, etc.).  You can dedicate a couple of hours a day to these survivors whose only wish, having lost everything they have, is to let their families and friends abroad know that they are alive.  Communication is still extremely difficult and the only way of communicating has been via Facebook or Twitter.  I sincerely hope you will take into consideration this humble suggestion.  Thank you and God bless Haiti.

January 15, 2010
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I'm tanksfull for what USA and other country is doing for Haiti.I have some relatives to Haiti,I finally talked to one of Them they are ok. My point is:they keep talking about Port-au-prince,that's good, But we have "Carrefour"People still under the bridge, nobody go over there,specially the school with the student and the teacher under.Please if only a reporter can go there to reprort what they see and maybe they will found someone a life."PLEASE"

January 15, 2010
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Carefour is crying for Help Lamentin52,Lamentin54,Maotiere,Cote-plage,Ruelle titus,Ti-Source,Mariani,Avenue Crystophe channel,Impasse Abraham, College Catherine Flon, College Ellie Blaise,Those schools are in the ground They said that the schools were functionning at the time of the hearth quake And so forth.That's have been reported by a friend of mine who live in Haiti.May be one person can be alive if they found help. All my payers goes to them.

January 15, 2010
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WWR

WWResearch recommends to do not donate money but to donate food, clothes and other necessities to charities who are able to send your packages directly to the scene either by chartered planes or other ways while iReporters in the nearest countries can encourage construction companies to to make their heavy equipment available to free victims who are still under the rumble and ti rebuild infrastructure.

 

 

January 15, 2010
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Sorry.... back to posting on ireports coming in.

January 15, 2010
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I tried logging on several times during the roundtable yesterday but I kept getting a message saying the site was temporarily unavailable. 

 

My mother-in-law and I are volunteering for  fund raising at her synagogue today and through the weekend.  However, if there is anything I can do to help out at iReport, just let me know and I will be happy to do whatever I can.

January 15, 2010
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I was in the fire service for eight years before being injured in the line of duty. Now I am a travel agent. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line makes port in Labadee, Haiti at least once a week if not more. I have sent an e-mail to the CEO of RCCL asking for help getting doctor's and supplies to Haiti. I know for Ka...trina a cruise ship was sent to the area to temp house some of those. Keep your fingers crossed that he says yes. Cruise ships have tender capabilities but more importantly can purify massive amounts of water. They can also house thousands of doctors and support staff not to mention some of those who need a place to stay. If you have a travel agent or have sailed with RCCL before I urge you to contact them and ask for help.

January 15, 2010
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My heart goes out to the people in Haiti and I hope they get the help they need. My question is why can't drop the helper their air drop their self to organize the crownd , so they can  get the food and water they need. Can we have a up date about the 11 year old girl that was rescue yesterday. I feel that white people are getting special treatment, there was other people with leg energy and certain  people get private jets. I like to here from the people of Haiti story because their the one that really living through it.

January 15, 2010
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I have heard reports that the government is thinking of sending the people that need medical help from Haiti to the U.S. These could be numbers in the thousands.  I think the President should consider opening Roosevelt Roads Naval station on Puerto Rico for these needs. Why?  It is only 400 miles away, about 1.5 hours.  The base has been closed for years.  It has a hospital facility with beds, it has its own Airport large enough to land the space shuttle.  The flights would not impact additional air traffic to normal airports.  Travel from the airport to the hospital is 2.5 miles and NO traffic if ambulances are used.  It also has housing for over 4,000 people, to include about 400 homes on a small beautiful island .  It is completely gated.  It has 4 galleys for food preperation.  It has a maritime facility.  It has a fuel farm for refueling planes with JP5 possibly being supplied from St. Croix (hess oil)48 miles away.  It has its own water and sewerage treatment plants operational. and so much more.  It would take about 36 hours to mobilize.  This would allow the people to be contained until the could be repatriated.  It also has air conditioning and much more.  All medical personnel would have good temporary housing as it has several hotels and barracks, some never even used or lived in yet.

January 15, 2010
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It infuriates me to no end that Sonjay is running around with a camera when he should be rendering medical aid to the injured. Is he really a Doctor of Medicine? It is rampant stupidity to use him as a reporter when he should be actually helping people. Anyone with a reasonable command of the English language can do what he is doing. Someone with medical training should be using it and not spend their time in front of the camera.

I have doubts if he is a licensed physician and can practice medicine.

January 15, 2010
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My name is Madonise Danis and I am looking for lost family in Haiti.  I have tried to complete a iReport but nothing is happening.  I am looking for Odett St. Fort, Stherline Davis, Charline Jean, Zachary Joseph, and Gregory Bazlairs.  If you know how I can find information on how to list them and try to contact them please email me at madonise1110@yahoo.com! Thank you!!

January 15, 2010
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pva

I want to take a moment to thank Anderson,Dr Gupta and all the CNN crews in Haiti. The only concerns i have right now is the selective distributions of the goods to the peoples. I was advised by a close friend in Haiti " the food is being delivered to some parts of Petion- Ville elites. I want CNN  and Anderson Cooper to show us some images of the suburb of Petion-Ville, Fermathe, and Laboule. This is the report I have been getting right now. I will get some picture later on to back it up. They trucks that are being loading at the airport right now. We want to now were are they going?

January 15, 2010
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My name is Sabine...I found my family...They r badly injured...BUT THANK YOU GOD...THEY ARE ALIVE...but if anyone can get in touch with the helpers in Haiti...People need help in carefour...Petion-Ville...Not only in the main city...God Save us

 

January 15, 2010
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I'm thankful for all that's being done but why hasn't there been airdrops of food, medicine, personnel, heavy equipment, etc.?  It seems to me that much more necessary help could have gotten to the people on the ground a lot quicker if they could have parachuted it in.

January 15, 2010
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Hello world:

I received this report form an acquaintance of mine.

 

By Bill Quigley.  Bill

is Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights and a long time human

rights advocate in Haiti.  Quigley77@gmail.com

 

 

Point One.  $100

Million – Are You Kidding Me?

 

            President

Obama promised $100 million in aid to Haiti on January 14, 2009.  A Kentucky couple won $128 million in a

Powerball lottery on December 24, 2009.   The richest nation in the history of the world is giving powerball money

to a neighbor with tens of thousands of deaths already? 

 

Point Two.  Have You

Ever Been Without Water?

 

            Hundreds of

thousands of people in Haiti have had no access to clean water since the quake

hit.  Have you ever been in a place that

has no water?  Have you ever felt the raw

fear in the gut when you are not sure where your next drink of water is going

to come from?  People can live without

food for a long time.  Without

water?  A very short time.  In hot conditions people can become

dehydrated in an hour.  Lack of water

puts you into shock and starts breaking down the body right away.  People can die within hours if they are

exposed to heat without water.

 

Point Three.  Half the

People in Haiti are Kids and They Were Hungry Before the Quake.

 

            Over half

the population of Haiti is 15 years old or younger.  And they were hungry before the quake.  A great friend, Pere Jean-Juste, explained to

me that most of the people of Haiti wake every day not knowing how they will

eat dinner that day.  So there are no

reserves, no soup kitchens, no pantries, nothing for most.  Hunger started immediately.   

 

Point Four.  A Toxic

Stew of Death is Brewing.

 

            Take

hundreds of thousands of people.  Shock

them with a major earthquake and dozens of aftershocks.  Take away their homes and put them out in the

open.  Take away all water and food and

medical care.  Sit them out in the open

for days with scorching temperatures.   Surround them with tens of thousands of decaying bodies.  People have to drink.  So they are drinking bad water.  They are getting sick.   There is no place to go.  What happens next? 

 

Point Five.  Aid is

Sitting at the Airport.

 

            While

millions suffer, humanitarian aid is sitting at the Port au Prince

airport.  Why?  People are afraid to give it out for fear of

provoking riots.  Which is worse? 

 

Point Six.  Haiti is

Facing A Crisis Beyond Our Worst Nightmares.

 

            “I think it

is going to be worse than anyone still understands.”  Richard Dubin, vice president of Haiti

shipping lines told the New York Times.

            He is so

right.  Unless there is a major urgent change

in the global response, the world may look back and envy those tens of

thousands who died in the quake. 

           Wake up

world!

 

Thank you for listening,

Remeber...divide and be conquered.  Community first.  Community is the human species and all other living things.

Patrick

January 15, 2010
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I feel the rescue efforts in Haiti are not happening fast enough.  I keep seeing reports about what help has come into the country, but have seen little help being provided to the people.  I think the excuse of not being able to get to the people is ridiculous.  If they would use helicopters to transport food and supplies in different areas people would be getting help much faster. We need to stop wanting to look like helpers and get in there and actually help.  I have not seen one person other than the Haitians getting people out from being trapped.  The hospitals don't have necessary supplies yet. It's not enough and the people have waited four days.  If we waited four days to eat and drink not to mention seeing our loved ones bodies every where, we would be restless too.  So do not portray the people of Haiti as being negative when they are just trying to survive!!!

January 15, 2010
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A friend had an idea for celebrities to use a cruise line to transport supplies and voluteers to help.  I think it would be a great idea.  And once again HELICOPTERS

January 15, 2010
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Here we go again. GENECIDE people.

January 15, 2010
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other than donations is there another way i can help if so please let me know.

January 16, 2010
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I donated to help these people on Wenesday 01/13/2010. We do not live that far away from Haiti. I do not understand why there are people still dieing from stupid things when we are going on 4 days later. Why is it that the reporters are able to get in (with all the heavy equipment), but our army personnel can not. I do understand the uprisings but our news reporter stayed and did not leave those people. Where is the guard to help protect the Dr? So now the Dr are just sitting in a hotel somewhere doing nothing when they could be out helping people. We need to get our people out to help those people. There are many Dr here who want to go to help that would not leave a patient without help!  I am getting to the point where I want money back because I am not seeing it working to help. I would have move some of those airplanes on the grass to allow more airplane on the landing strip. That really look bad on us to leave those people without Dr. while the News reporter who is a Dr stayed. Go United States! Show the whole world how effiecient we are.

January 16, 2010
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Cnn is the best news group ever. They do understand the urgency of this situation. They dedicated their whole program to this urgent situation. They are our eyes into how things go. Thank you CNN!

January 16, 2010
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Im sorry but you people  can allways seem away to put the most bad side of persons of color ,, all the guns  all you people there to help and then report this and that about how the doctors had to be removed .only an idiot would even say that to the rest of the world at this time

January 16, 2010
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I think the news outlets should be using their reporters and especially their photographer/videographers to take as many pictures of the faces of the dead as possible, so that loved ones can find out if their family member has died or not.

So many bodies are being hauled away without being documented in any way that people will never know what happened to some of their loved ones. Nobody is in a better position to do this service for the people of Haiti than the reporters on scene. You are not on the air all the time anyway. CNN is doing the best job of reporting; and I see the reporters grief in wanting to do more... this would be one of the greatest ways they could help & it is not disrespectful. The not knowing when this is all over will haunt the surviving family members for the rest of their lives. Please do what you can and urge other news outlets to do the same.

January 16, 2010
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I live in the Turks & Caicos Islands where a lot of haitian nationals live as well and they cannot here nothing about or from their families who are living in port au prince haiti. Can a number or something be posted on television instructing them on some sort of way in which they can communicate to get the info they are looking for. Also my helper is looking for her three children who lives in DELMAS 42 (31 648 6994) their names are JERRY ARISTIDE, JUNIORS BLANC and JEAN ELI. Please shad some light on this for me

January 16, 2010
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They sure could use some solar recharger in country to charge cell phones & laptops to get word out to family members in the states and elsewhere. Communications is a big issue as well as the basic needs for food, water, and shelter.

January 16, 2010
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Would it be possible to use cruise ships as temporary housing relief?  People would be able to shower, eat, sleep, and tend to personal needs.

January 16, 2010
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The port is vital to the recovery in terms of getting supplies in the quantities that will make a difference and the port cannot be rebuilt in time.  Contact Waterman Steamship and Crowley.  These firms are specialists in moving large amounts of cargo to un-developed ports.  RoRo Ships, Ligher Aboard Ships, Self unloader ships and barges are the vessels that will make the difference in this situation.

January 16, 2010
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I understand that the U.S government has initiated aid to this country via the major agencies, USAID, REDCROSS, and such. Yet, it appears, coming from the contact I have in Port-au-Prince and through CNN that aid is not as apparent as it should be for this crisis.

Yes: the roads and infrastructures are demolished, but that doesn't mean that ‘coordination’ should take all this time, seeming that that is the reason for the hold up. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to prioritize the lives that could be saved, followed by the care that could be given, followed by the checkpoints that could be identified for effective dispositions of rations. With the technology that we have pertaining to satellite imagery and GPS, this should not take this long. I feel that this coordination needs coordinating because the lives that could be saved are and have been slipping away. Where is the urgency?

Rescue teams should ALL be on the ground right now looking for survivors as medics and doctors are setting up their makeshift tents to tend to them as they arrive. Meanwhile, food and rations should be taken to the pre-identified checkpoints for distribution. These checkpoints can also be relocated based on the intel from the Rescue Teams, who would be on the ground.

The Majority of the Haitian people know when people are trying to help them. I know this because I am Haitian American. Personal security should not be an issue. They are not these animals that some people have believed them to be for so long. As long as a little order is established, there should not be much to worry about.

 

January 16, 2010
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CNN is the world leader in news! Well, CNN why not spend an hour of your time dedicated to allowing the people who are on the ground in Haiti to speak to their love ones who are looking for them.  On your site, there are over 400 pages of people who are missing but only 2 pages of "I'm Alive" footage.  Let's hear more from the people of Haiti and help those who are searching for thier love ones.

January 16, 2010
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Why is the UN even in Haiti? I have seen very few reports that they are actually helping. Drs and nurses being pulled from a working field hospital and trying to shut down a hospital on the UN grounds is ridiculous. As an American taxpayer, I would like to cut their funding!!!  We are wasting our money with this ineffectual organization. We need to set up an aid strike force that can rush into any disaster world-wide in a moments notice with rescuers, dogs, security forces, doctors, and equipment that is strategically located a areas around the world; that can be moved in with helicopters, that can lower supplies and personnel. It need to be a multi-national force organized and run by a conglomeration of aid-relief organizations.

Have you seen the way they are trying to distribute food and water?  Why don't they send out teams to specific areas around the effected zone with military security and pre-setup serpentine  lines for the people to lineup in an orderly fashion and then bring in the trucks of food and water. The way they are doing it now the women, children, and the elderly are not getting what they need because the stronger, pushier boys and men are getting all the food. I saw very few reports of orderly distribution.

January 16, 2010
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Marcia Desai-Dorce support the cause pls donate to yele to continue to help our people.. they will continue to need our support & help for years to come. and continue to pray for the families that lost there love ones!!! let's give thanks to CNN a network that continues to support the mission in getting the word out there for haiti! they are awesome reporters!

January 16, 2010
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Why can we get camera crews to Haiti and no medical supplies???

January 16, 2010
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WHY are the hospital ships not operating??????

 

Where are the temp hospitals that should be set up?

 

Where is the medicine?

 

Where are the doctors?

 

CNN, why are you repeating old stories from yesterday?

 

Why isn't the United States IN CHARGE?  Why is the U.N. allowed to make decisions that are causing people to die, such as closing hospital sites?

 

Why doesn't CNN tell us???

 

We want answers, not sad stories!!!

January 16, 2010
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Hey imagine this was you. *He finaly received a text, aftr 2 whole days have gone by following this massive earhtquake,saying "we are alive". Ooofffff I kn tke a breather now,they're aliv! How bad can it be??? While being grateful for their lives he

rushed 2 the phone with joy called them back to only hear this " everythng arnd us came dwn, we hve no where 2 stay, no where 2 go we hvnt eaten for 2 days we are thirsty.

We heard of releif afforts but thats all there is,it's in Prt au prince, it doesnt cme up here A missionnary group came, givng water, we got some, but it was taken frm us @ gun point. We're tired. @ nite we put some fallen fallen frm the house,put a mat on it, me & your 19 yr old Brthr take turn sleeping and watching ovr your 9 yr old brthr & your 15 yr old sister. Oh, your cousin is ok but his wife's leg is broken and there is no Dctr arounr here and no $.Its hard.

Y are we still alive?" & as he ws thinkng of somthng to say to make them feel better,

he heard the lill brthr from the bck grwnd " Are u coming bg brthr we need you " trying to hide the tears behind the phone he replied "Yes lill brotr I coming." What they dont knw is that he hs no means of getting there, let alone to help them.

Now you kn open your eyes.Its all good again at least for you. This guy we're talking about is me & thats my family. There are thousands of other families like this. Plz keep

on praying for them in Haiti and if God has blessed you plz!!! keep the blessing going.

 

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January 17, 2010
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fstory, what kind of person would take advantage of a tragedy to advertise his fake handbags?  This is a site where people are trying to help the sick and dying or trying desperately to find their loved ones. Do your advertising elsewhere. You make me sick.

January 17, 2010
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GIVE MONEY NOT STUFF! This is an excellent article about why we shouldn't send packages to Haiti, though it may seem like a good idea. Presidents Bush and Clinton say exactly the same thing as they are working on relief efforts. There is no infrastructure to sort and distribute randomly sent goods. There are, however, many legitimate organizations, like Doctors Without Borders or www.globalgiving.com who need contributions and will use them in the best way possible. With Global Giving, you can choose what you want your donation to go for - food, medical supplies, general aid, water purification, etc.

 

http://motherjones.com/mojo/2010/01/haiti-give-money-not-stuff

January 17, 2010
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The Port-au-Prince ports are damage, but Petit Goave and Miragoane are not damaged, and the road is unblocked. Trailers can go from miragoane to the capital in 2h30!!! GET THE SHIPS TO MIRAGOANE!

January 17, 2010
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There is a water purification plant in Haiti near Jimani, the border with Dominican Republic. This plant produces drinking water in small package as well as in big gallon. The water is said to be the best in Haiti. They take the water from deep underground and purify it in the plant.

 

There must be food stores in Haiti which are not damaged by the earthquake. There must be nurses and doctors living in Haiti who would like to help those who are injured.

 

It is necessary to help Haiti with bringing food, water, medication, but the more efficient way to help the country is to use these LOCAL RESOURCES. If not sufficient in Haiti, get them from Dominican Republic.

 

By doing so, you can save money and time because usually food and water in these countries are much cheaper than in other developed countries. Moreover, you do not have to spend huge money and time on transportation. Just need vehicles and containers to distribute them. Then, you can purchase more food and water by the money saved. There are millions of people who need support right now but the reality is that not enough food and water has been reached though the water and food is available in Haiti or even in Dominican Republic.

 

The second reason is that Haiti is a poor country which cannot recover soon only with short period of support. If we really hope Haiti to develop in a long term, we must support Haitians those who support the people affected by the earthquake. Buying and using local resources will help strengthen the Haiti’s economy as well as solidarity, I believe.

 

January 17, 2010

I recently uploaded 4 video's that high-light my small town in America that is holding the 2010 FIS Men's Ski Jumping Continental Cup. I have it located at http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-391855

 

In the 2nd Video I thought I was going to pass out so I started the tape.. I did collapse and just layed there for a few minutes.

 

This is coming up in 2 weeks, this in my small town America with Big time International Sports. Thank you for your time, Jason "DaElmer" from I-Report.

January 17, 2010

I'm sorry about the last post, I guess I should read everything before posting. The people of Haiti NEED SUPPORT during this great time of need. I don't mean to take anything away from that. I haven't been to the table in a while and do apologize for giving a story idea to something totally different :(

 

On that note, what are things I can do in my small town to help with relief efforts? I would love to help but being in Iron Mountain, MI has it's problems. Shipping for example or getting these supplies where need to go. Please feel free to send me a message through my I-Report page. Thank You and God Bless them All...

January 17, 2010
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I suggest we all ask these questions and pass them on as far and high as possible:

 

Paratroopers can get to Haiti but aid can't? Please, is there a sane reason the stuff hasn't been airdropping (you know, put on a parachute and kick it out of the plane) since like six hours after the quake? If not, maybe it's time to get it going.

January 17, 2010

The Sea-Bee Base is still on the coast of Miss isn't it? Those of you who are wondering, I am talking about the Navy Base where the Construction people are. They can build bridges and mobilize with hours I thought. Along with the other Base there in Biloxi, Miss. It's an Air Force Base for the Hurricane hunters. Both of these Bases need to work together and get these people help today, not just talk about it..

January 18, 2010
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To whom it may concern:

 

I, Joel, am an american citizen and a native born of Haiti. Its sad to learn of the wrongful allegations posted and commented by people. My thoughts are more up the streets of Wyclef Jean. He founded and funned the "Yele" relief program not to steal or enrich his estate but to bring back the Haiti his parents once knew. In a few words, I want to state that, friends or foes, dispaired or ernestly zealous, we, haitians, believe in him. They may try to defame him but, I am sorry to express that they cant because we are strong people. Wyclef Jean, superficially observed, would give back ten folds of what he takes. If we were given a choice to choose we would choose Former President Bill Clinton and Wyclef Jean as our ambassadors. Thank You Cnn for voicing my opinion. May God bless you and your families. Joel Joisil (772)8014755

January 18, 2010
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January 18, 2010
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To whom it may concern:

I, Joel, am an american citizen and native born of Haiti find it said that allegations regarding Wyclef Jean, who is trying to help, has araised. By all means defame and degrade his reputation thats what we do isnt it? In a few words I want to express my feelings about the whole ordeal. We, haitians, know the truth about his involvement and believes he is innocent. Wyclef Jean, we observed, cares enough to give ten times more then what he receives. If we were given a choice on who to pick as ambassadors to Haiti, probably Former President Bill Clinton and Wycelf Jean would be up that alley. We come from kinds of walks at life we receive that international help with open arms. I ask that this does not discourage those helping Haiti. Thanks CNN for voicing my opinion. May God bless you and your families. SGT. Joel

January 18, 2010

HI ALL , LATE IAM I SEE THE HAM RADIO FOLKS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB AS WELL AS ALL YOU FOLKS , WHAT IF MILLITARY SATTELITES  CAN VIEW THERMAL IMAGES , AND MOVEMENTS DAY OR NIGHT , AS THEY CAN DO  , AND ALSO USEING NIGHT VISION AND INFRARED MODERN  TYPE FOR LOCATION , THE USG EARTHQUAKE ACTIVITY IS RATHER ALARMING TODAY LOTS OF DAILY ACTIVITY I PUT UP A POST OF THIS

IAM LOCATED AWAY FROM MY EARTH MONITERING STATION SO UNDERSTANDING MODERN TECH I HAVE FOUND YOU TUBE HELPFULL IN FOLKS TRYING TO GET HELP , AS CELL PHONES OR OTHER DEVICES CAN UPLOAD INFO I CAUGHT THE FIRST VIDEO ON YOU TUBE AFTER THE QUAKE ,OR DURING IT  , I WAS JUST ALSO FINISHING UP A REPORT ON THE CALIFORNIA QUAKE WHEN CNN BREAKING NEWS CAME ON ABOUT HAITI I QUICKY JUMPED OVER TO YOU TUBE AND ARRL GRUOPS

ANYWAY THINKING OF SATTELITE  MILLITARY SENSING ABILITIES IN THIS HORRIBLE SAD EVENT ANY IDEAS

January 18, 2010
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Has anyone tried to find garlic, onions, honey, beehive coating(propolis)and do the doctors know how to use this for infection. Oil pulling is also an infection fighter - castor, avacado, sesame, olive are some. Silver is in

its collodial for antimicrobal, as well as UV lights?

Maybe something is already there and can be used to fight the infections.

January 18, 2010
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January 18, 2010
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In order to help these people they need structure and order. They are not getting this. Get bull horns for them, tell them to elect certain individuals to take a count and one in specific to communicate with. These are new communities set up. Each community should have certain leaders responsible for communicating what we are doing to help them. No one has told them we are helping or what the hold up is. No one has told them we understand their pain, but they have to help themselves also. While talking to the leader who should have the bull horn. They need to be told to start removing rubble. They need to have something to do. They sit around all day without work. Hungry. They need to find the areas they can inhabit and clean it our so they can get off the streets. Looting is only hurting them. They need to be responsible for helping themselves also. They all wanted to work it is time for them to start their new job. It will make it easier to get the aid to them if they are attempting to clean up the area. We should not have to go in to clean everything up. I am an Africa-American and I believe that the Haiti's are a very proud group, the only way to get to them is to tell them we are here to help but they have to help also. Keeping busy will help us get those doctors to the area's that need it most. The nursing home where the elderly are dieing. Many people are just sitting around doing nothing. The time to rebuild is now by starting to remove the rubble from the areas that have been destroyed. The Haiti people can speak with the President thru one representative to start giving them jobs the only different is these job are to help themselves. I dearly understand their pain but they have living people to now worry about. These living will die without structure. This is what needs to be told to them. Certain people can be cooks for each area, others can go out daily and remove rubble. others can go pick up supplies from the aid that is arriving. They need to see what structures are still good for people to live in. They need to know they have to get off the street and live again but its up to them when they will be able to live in these structures by rebuilding. Psycologically this will really help those who have lost loved ones and make them understand they have to be there for the loved ones who are still here. Put them to work for themselves give them some sense of pride in their own achievements. They can then have a mass funeral for all the lost loved ones. We can help remove the heavy structures but they need to be kept busy to keep their mind off of so much destruction, and lost. They are willing to have certain members of these new communities go to get the supplies and redirect them to their community. Cooks, laborers, cleaners, there is so much more to do than to sit and do nothing all day. This may help them come back stronger than they were before. Explain this to them they will understand. Make it easier for everyone involved.

January 18, 2010
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Also they can get a good count from their own people and it would make it easier to distribute correct amounts of foods to each area. Let the Haiti people feel responsible for helping to correct this terrible fate that has come upon them. They will walk away a better people.

January 19, 2010
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i'm very disheartened by the voting in mass. we are suppose to be the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, you should be voting for all of us who needs health care , don't blame it in president obama  blame it on the senate and congress that doesn't listen to WE THE PEOPLE  any more, JUST PAD THEIR POCKET  along with their friends in the BANKING, OIL AND STOCK MARKETS.

so sick off this we are suppose to be the GREATEST NATION in the world  and was founded UNDER ONE GOD,that protects us all.

WAKE UP AMERICA AND LETS BE THAT NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 19, 2010

" discussion to talk about how the iReport community can help with the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. "

 

Please lets try to stay on the subject....

January 19, 2010

hi  all hows everybody ?

January 19, 2010
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I think that the helicopters or small airplanes should fly over the cities in Haiti with a banner, or fliers or a loud speaker telling where people can go to obtain food and water. Which means that the government of Haiti would need to set up areas where the aid can be distributed.  It should not take this long to organize something.....these people need help now!!  If the government of Haiti can't do it then other countries need to step up and take the initiative. People are dying and other countries need not to worry about hurting the government of Haiti's feelings.  Obviously the government of Haiti is not able to handle this type of catastrophe. Haiti was a poor country to begin with.

January 19, 2010
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I wish the rescuers would not give up on a site just because they stop hearing sounds from the victims in the rubble. The person trapped may have simply passed out or fallen asleep. It would not be unreasonable for a person under extreme stress from being trapped, especially after this long, to simply fall asleep, after they know that somebody knows they are there, and is trying to rescue them. The psychological relief could make them relax to the point that the body & mind can no longer stay awake.

If the victim is tapping, they may become too weak, tired, or be too injured to continue especially when they know someone has heard them & is trying to get to them. The adrenaline of terror wears off when you believe your rescue is eminent. 

January 20, 2010
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WHERE IN HEAVEN'S  NAME IS THE U.S. HOSPITAL CARRIER SHIP THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE HARBOR DAYS AGO???

 

IT IS A CRYING SHAME IT HAS NOT YET REACHED THE SHORES OF HAITI.

IT HAS ALL THE HOSPITAL BEDS, EQUIPMENT, MEDICAL SUPPLIES OPERATING THEATERS NEEDED BY THE INJURED AND DYING VICTIMS????

 

WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG FOR IT TO LEAVE THE U.S. SHORES?

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?? FEMA? ON WHOSE INSTRUCTIONS  TO LEAVE WERE THEY WAITING?? PRES. OBAMA???

 

I THINK THIS NEEDS SERIOUS INVESTIGATING!!!!

SOOOO MANY LIVES COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED HAD THEY BEEN THERE ON TIME..........WE ARE STILL WAITING!!!!

January 20, 2010
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All of us can help the victims in Haiti. If you belong to a club or have a card group belong to a gym or anything that groups of people go to, the next time you go ask everyone to bring one thing to the next gathering. A can of soup, a baby bottle, a box of rice or baby cereal, a dozen diapers, etc. If you live in an apartment building or condo put a carton or a sign asking your neighbors to buy an extra can of something the next time they shop and put it in the carton. It is amazing how fast the food acumulates. Call and find out where in your community, a church or community center that is collecting food for Haiti. Some will pick things up, or you and a friend can load the car and drop it off.  I am doing it where I live. It gets contagious, people want to help, hands on.

January 21, 2010
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I could care less about celebrity publicity. Celebrities take Yachts on vactions and to waste money..What I don't understand is all the supplies that is so-called stuck at the air port can be transported by Yacht, then shipped in on a smaller boat to land. If the media get all the camera out maybe they can make more space. They same way they came in , when they came did they just bring themselves and equipment, because it would have been very helpful if when they fly in if they could have brought IV's and medicine. Haitians are trying to make their own boat to sail away there is a means right there for the National safe guard to get up an hospital on the Yachts. Why does it not seem useful now? Why don't the US take over the providence. Like we have Puerto Rico, allow the to stay independent, as a US providence?

January 21, 2010
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For more additional success unreported rescue success stories please log on http://www.jw-media.org/

 

Witnesses’ relief efforts well under way for victims of earthquake in Haiti

 

NEW YORK—Jehovah’s Witnesses are actively providing local and international assistance for victims of the massive earthquake that struck Haiti on the evening of January 12, 2010.

 

In cooperation with local authorities and other relief agencies, the Witnesses organized to help meet the immediate needs of their fellow worshippers and other victims in Haiti and care for them. The Witnesses’ branch office in the Dominican Republic quickly sent six tons of food and medical supplies to the branch office in Haiti. These supplies were received the morning after the disaster. Witnesses at the Haiti branch office then prepared 700 bags with basic necessities. These bags, weighing 10 kilograms (just over 22 pounds) each and providing 2,800 meals, were transported to Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses that were designated as relief distribution centers. From the first shipment, three-day rations were distributed to 4,700 people. This was followed by twice-daily shipments of relief materials, including boxes of clothing.

 

Arrangements were also made to send fellow Witnesses who are medical professionals from the Dominican Republic to Haiti to assist in rendering urgently needed care. An Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses remained intact after the quake and is now serving as a temporary clinic and medical center for the injured. Three different Kingdom Halls in the affected area are being used similarly, with local Haitian Witnesses who are doctors providing medical attention. At these makeshift facilities, efforts are made to stabilize the patients’ condition. However, if the injuries are so severe that the patient needs a procedure that would use equipment and/or medication beyond what the Witnesses have on hand, arrangements are made to transport such a critical care patient to nearby hospitals. Initially, 12 Witnesses were transported to a hospital in Jimaní, Dominican Republic, near the border with Haiti. Critical care patients are now being taken to a hospital farther away, in Barahona, Dominican Republic, approximately 50 miles from the border. The Witnesses’ assistance in caring for the medical needs of their fellow worshippers and others is proving to be valuable, since several hospitals in Haiti were destroyed by the quake and the remaining area hospitals are overwhelmed. Two teams of Jehovah’s Witnesses who are medical professionals from France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States volunteered to travel to Haiti and to work directly with the relief efforts that the branch offices in Haiti and the Dominican Republic are coordinating. These teams are expected to arrive by Tuesday, January 19.

 

There are an estimated 10,000 of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the disaster area. Sadly, the latest reports from the Haiti branch office confirm that the death toll among the Witnesses now stands at 103, and that number is expected to rise as more reports are received. The Witnesses continue coordinating their international relief efforts from their world headquarters in Brooklyn. The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is caring for these expenses by utilizing funds donated to the Witnesses’ worldwide work.

 

Media contact: J. R. Brown, telephone: (718) 560-5600

 

Last updated 19 January 2010 18:12:19

January 27, 2010
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I had just read a post from a very good friend of mine on the ground in Haiti with one of the many Govt contractors in the area that there are reports that a person was pulled out alive yesterday after 15 days in the rubble. Interesting that this is not being reported anywhere?  Anyone seen this in syndication at all? Just Curious.

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