Haiti: Mercy Corps sending team to Haiti January 13, 2010
Dozens of people scrambled at Mercy Corps headquarters in Old Town today, organizing the agency’s emergency response effort for Haiti. “Our office has been nuts,” said Caitlin Carlson, a spokeswoman for the group. “Everyone has been on the phone, on Skype and on email constantly. All of our staff is really experienced in dealing with an inundation of information so it’s a little bit of controlled chaos.”
Haiti: Mercy Corps workers prepare to travel to Haiti January 13, 2010
Listen to this audio interview by Clicking Here In Haiti Wednesday a desperate effort is underway to find survivors after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck the Caribbean nation late Tuesday afternoon. Cassandra Nelson leaves Thursday with two other aid workers from the Portland-based Mercy Corp. It’s an international relief agency. She says the poverty in Haiti will make their task difficult.
Haiti: Foundations, businesses commit relief and funds to aid victims of Haiti earthquake January 13, 2010
Businesses and other groups across the country on Wednesday committed millions of dollars and gave supplies and other aid to relief efforts for victims of the earthquake that has ravaged Haiti. Amazon.com has added a box on its home page that customers can click to donate to the Haiti relief efforts of Mercy Corps, and anyone with a cell phone can donate $10 to the American Red Cross by sending a text message with the word "HAITI" to 90999.
Haiti: Haitian earthquake packing list: Portlanders ship out with MercyCorps January 13, 2010
When word of yesterday's earthquake in Haiti reached the global headquarters of Mercy Corps (located in Old Town Portland right next to the "Made in Oregon" sign), the emergency crew there leapt into action. This week they will send three Oregonians and one Bostonian to Haiti as an initial emergency response team. Mercy Corps' work mobilizing aid to Haiti has already earned shout outs on the NYT Lede blog and HuffPo.
Haiti: Relief organizations rely on Facebook, Twitter for rapid response January 13, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. -- At Tigard-based Medical Teams International, bags were prepared Wednesday for the first team of disaster relief response volunteers heading to Haiti. Upstairs, a young woman named Chiqui Flowers sits in a small cubicle, monitoring the organization's website and social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook. She knows many are following. “People are connected to social media through the web site, their phones," she said, pointing out her smart-phone apps for both social feeds, which connect the agency and its donors on a personal level.
Haiti: Who's heading to Haiti? Rescue workers and aid are en route January 13, 2010
HuffPost Impact has received dozens of e-mails in the last few hours from people who want to go to Haiti to help in the relief effort. The best thing for individuals to do right now is to donate to one of the organizations listed in our Haiti Relief article. Relief organizations are on their way and need our continued support to provide emergency assistance to those affected by the earthquake.
Haiti: NW team enroute to Haiti for quake assistance January 12, 2010
SEATTLE - Mercy Corps is sending a team of emergency response experts to Haiti to assess needs and coordinate relief efforts after a major earthquake and multiple aftershocks rocked the Caribbean island nation on Tuesday. The international relief agency, based in the Pacific Northwest, has extensive quake experience from its operations in China and Peru. Caitlin Carlson, communications officer for Mercy Corps, says they already know the most immediate needs will be food, clean water, sanitation services and shelter.
Haiti: A disaster in Haiti and how you can help January 12, 2010
How To Help: Red Cross | Mercy Corps About the Author: Cheryl Mills serves as the Counselor and Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Earlier today, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck Haiti. Reports are still coming in, but it appears that many schools, hospitals and other buildings have collapsed, adding more suffering to an already impoverished nation, the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
Haiti: 7.0 earthquake rocks Haiti January 12, 2010
A powerful earthquake caused major damage to Haiti when it hit off the coast of the Caribbean nation of 10 million rocked by political violence and poverty. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that a magnitude 7.0 quake struck shortly before 5 p.m. local time Tuesday, about 10 miles from the nation’s capital Port-au-Prince,
Haiti: Portland-based Mercy Corps scrambles to send team to Haiti in wake of devastating earthquake January 12, 2010
Portland-based Mercy Corps has mobilized an emergency response team to fly to Haiti after today's devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Randy Martin, the Washington D.C.-based Mercy Corps director of global emergency operations, said the team will assess damage and respond to the immediate needs of survivors. "Initial reports indicate that the quake has caused extensive damage, and we fear that casualties could be widespread," Martin said. "Our team will quickly assess what the most pressing needs are in earthquake-affected areas."