Haiti Quake: Ned Sublette update, open thread


30 Responses to “Haiti Quake: Ned Sublette update, open thread”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Google’s crisis management team has set up a website to help coordinate the location of missing people and aid organizations


  2. eris404 says:

    RE: Blood Donations – Blood perishes very quickly, even when stored properly. I have no idea if supplies can be shipped safely and quickly enough from the US or countries nearer to Haiti, but blood is always needed.

  3. hawamahal says:

    for anyone doing GIS analysis or maps for relief efforts, there is some data available here. other related datasets, especially roads and hydrography, are being sought after.

  4. Uncle_Max says:

    Here’s a post on Mashable that handily brings together a bunch of donation links, including 2 of those already mentioned:


  5. SamSam says:

    While your exact dollars may not make it to aid in Haiti, I’m fairly certain that they can see the amount donated and therefore increase their allotted budget for the current crisis accordingly. If no one donated, they couldn’t spend as much, since they’d be worried about keeping some in reserve for the next crisis. So it comes to the same thing: $50 donated means %50 more available to them in Haiti.

    I’ve donated to: Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Oxfam, and Partners in Health, all of which are good organizations and have people on the ground right now. Red Cross is another obvious choice.

  6. Teller says:

    Kind of heard a report that Doctors w/o Borders lost three facilities in Haiti. They’ll make do – but they’ll really need $$$.

  7. Stefan Jones says:


    Put the aid efforts on hold . . . Pat Robertson says that Haiti is being punished for making a pact with the devil for his help in overthrowing the French:


    Seriously, giving them aid would just be spitting in God’s eye.

    It was on TV so it must be true.

    • SamSam says:

      And if anyone’s a bigger turd-sucking fuck-bag than Pat Robertson (such words aren’t censored when talking about Pat Robertson, right?), it may be Limbaugh:

      “[W]e’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax”

      Hmmm… no, Pat Robertson is still a bigger fuck-bag. Let me see… Black people kick out the French, so it’s clear that they must have called on the Debil. Turd.

      • IronEdithKidd says:

        Wow. As if I needed yet another example of how much “conservatives” hate everyone except their own ever-lovin’ ass. IMHO, it’s transference of self-loathing. Out of curiosity, did the junkie Rush say anything similarly cold-hearted after the big tsunami?

        Thanks to everyone that has provided links to worthy NGOs. I can’t donate much, but I’ll be splitting what I can afford among 3 or 4 of these groups. MSNBC has a compiling of NGO links at (I apologize in advance for my lack of HTML ninja skills):


  8. politeruin says:

    The Disasters Emergency Committee have it up as their latest appeal…


  9. Anonymous says:

    U.S-based Friends of the Children of Haiti is providing relief to survivors via its medical clinic south of Port-au-Prince. Please help if you can — every dollar goes to treatment: http://www.fotcoh.org

  10. Dan Schnitzer says:

    I’m Co-Director of EarthSpark International (www.earthsparkinternational.org), which works to provide access to clean energy technologies in Haiti. If you want to help, we recommend donating to the following organizations, several of which will use these funds immediately for relief assistance.

    The Red Cross
    The gold standard in delivering supplies and assistance to disaster victims.

    Partners in Health
    PIH sets the bar for delivering healthcare in Haiti. They are working to coordinate medical supplies during this crisis.

    The International Office of Migration (IOM)
    IOM works to bring peace to the slums of Port-au-Prince.

    This is Wyclef Jean’s organization, which has a multitude of programs rooted in the slums of Port-au-Prince.

    Concern Worldwide
    In Haiti, Concern implements educational, health and peace building projects.

    By providing access to clean energy technologies, EarthSpark can create a more resilient society.

    Our thoughts and love go out to the people in Haiti.

    EarthSpark International is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
    P.O. Box 381890 Cambridge, MA 02238

  11. seijihyouronka says:

    You can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross relief for Haiti.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Ushahidi has a site set up actively taking reports on the ground and from elsewhere. The phone number is currently +447624802524 to submit reports. A local number is coming very soon. http://haiti.ushahidi.com

  13. toolbag says:

    Money donated now generally doesn’t go to an existing crisis, it goes to the next one (at least that’s what I heard after 9/11). Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing and you should still do it. If you can afford it you should set up a monthly donation system with the Red Cross. I set one up after the 2004 Tsunami and I don’t miss the money a bit.

    • Maggie Koerth-Baker says:

      I was told by a former Red Cross volunteer that you can specify that your donation go to “disaster relief”. So even if the money you send doesn’t get to Haiti, specifically, it will get to the next place that experiences this kind of tragedy.

  14. k7aay says:

    The Amateur Radio Relay League has a bulletin on the situation: http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2010/01/13/11288/?nc=1

    The ARRL has a free system to receive radio messages from disasters and pass them by phone or e-mail to their destination, and at least two radio amateurs are operating from Haiti now.

    A pocket-sized radio


    and a long wire antenna can transmit hundreds of miles on a 9v radio battery using Near Vertical Incidence Skywave antenna designs.

    Morse Code is superb at low power operations, which is why hams still use it.

  15. JayByrd says:

    I cannot think of a more unChristian man than Pat Robertson.
    What would Jesus do? Clean out Pat’s bank accounts and give it all to the Red Cross.

  16. blueelm says:

    I don’t see it mentioned but you can also donate to partners in health which has already been working in Hati.

  17. asplund says:

    Also, Doctors Without Borders have a page set up for donations to help treat the injured in Haiti: doctorswithoutborders.org

  18. eris404 says:

    RE comment#2 – I don’t think that is exactly true. Red Cross has two general funds, International Response Fund and Disaster Relief Fund, that go towards relief efforts. If a donor makes a donation to these funds the Red Cross can use the money towards any relief effort. However, a donor may specify that his donation go towards a particular diasaster (such as the recent earthquake) and they must use the funds for that purpose.

  19. Maggie Koerth-Baker says:

    While I’m thinking about it, does any one know the answers to:

    1) How important blood donation is? I don’t have a real clear understanding of how donated blood gets around. Is there a need at all for Americans to donate? Even if it’s just to restock supplies while previously donated blood is being used in Haiti? Or does American blood not go there at all?

    2) Are there organizations accepting material donations? I’m thinking specifically of volunteer groups heading out that need to stock up on first aid supplies, food, batteries, clothing for refugees, whatever, before they go.

    3) On the subject of volunteering…please keep Boing Boing updated with the names/contact info of organizations that will be taking volunteers to Haiti to help rebuild in the coming months and, probably, even years. In this immediate chaos, I don’t know whether the Red Cross needs large numbers of untrained hands. But either way, this will be a situation that does need willing workers far into the future.

    • trueblue2 says:

      “To date, there have been no requests for blood products from the government of Haiti. However, some patients at an affected facility in Haiti have been moved to a Guantanamo Bay hospital, and the Armed Services Blood Program has asked both the Red Cross and Florida Blood Services for support for those patients. In addition, the American Red Cross will be sending a shipment of blood products to the United Nations Mission in Haiti.”


      Based on this press release and the Red Cross website, there’s no indication that there are any drives being done specifically for earthquake victims. However since they are sending “blood products” (which my quick reading tells me that means platelets, plasma, etc. rather than straight blood – apparently they have a longer shelf life) perhaps this would be a good time to go down to donate some platelets. Anyway that is what I could find.

  20. akwhitacre says:

    Just sent the same info to Xeni but…

    Katrin Verclas’s group Mobile Active has an amazing run-down of the mobile communications options/ways to help in Haiti: http://mobileactive.org/earthquake-haiti-how-you-can-help-and-learn-more

    And we’re now maintaining an open thread now at the Center for Future Civic Media on these communications issues:

  21. caipirina says:

    With all the tragedy going on … people still have the time to run around and snap pics with their digicams and find a way to upload them, hoping to create the next big magazine cover … and to some point I understand that … vivid images make people care and at least donate.

  22. querent says:

    thanks for the info all. small donation out.

  23. Anonymous says:

    If you donate money to the Red Cross do NOT make ANY suggestion about what the money is for. Regulations require the Red Cross to keep donations made for specific efforts to be used only toward those efforts or to be held for years until it becomes accessible. Because it can take the RC so long to get around to processing the donations when they’re busy with disasters this often leads to the Red Cross sitting on huge piles of cash it cannot use which creates all kinds of financial havoc that hampers their work.

  24. Aster 637 says:

    Mercy Corps is deploying an emergency team to Haiti immediately. You can donate to their Haiti Earthquake fund here. Mercy Corps has a long history of helping earthquake survivors. They aided families after earthquakes in Peru in 2007, China and Pakistan in 2008, and Indonesia last year.

  25. Anonymous says:

    I would also suggest Wyclef Jean’s Organization “Yele Haiti” is a good source. You can help by texting “YELE” to 501501 and $5 will be charged to your phone bill and will go towards the earthquake relief.

    Because Jean’s organizations are more granular in that they specifically cater to Haiti, contributions at this point will at least to go to the long term effort to hopefully help Haiti reach better standards prior this devastation.

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