Early Saturday, a major earthquake struck Haiti, causing massive destruction. Haiti is still recovering from another major earthquake that occurred nearly ten years ago. The earthquake registered at a 7.2 M on the Richter Scale, which is considered very destructive. There have been many casualties reported by Haiti's Office of Civil Protection, which manages the nation's disaster relief efforts. The U.S. Geological Survey has issued a red alert for the disaster. WIth a nation already facing after-effects from hurricanes and tropical storms, how can Miami help?
Experts are saying that the best way to help is to donate to relief organizations. Bringing supplies will be challenging, so raising money to purchase the relief supplies and bringing them to Haiti will help tremendously.
United Way of Miami-Dade Operation Helping Hands: The United Way, in partnership with the Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald, activated Operation Helping Hands specifically for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. All funds raised go directly to purchase relief items and services for disaster relief. They are working with nonprofits in the affected area to support their recovery efforts.
Hope for Haiti: This organization is based in Florida and is currently working on the ground to help the people of Haiti through emergency kits and local doctors, nurses, and program managers. You can donate directly to the organization to help them provide relief directly in Haiti.
AHF: They are requesting toothpaste, paper towels, diapers, blankets, and baby formula. Donations will be accepted until 2 pm on August 20 at:
North Miami City Hall: 776 NE 125th St in Miami
Out of the Closet Thrift Store: 2097 Wilton Dr. Wilton Manors and 2400 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
and the AHF Southern Bureau Office: 700 SE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale