I would like to send Bobby, Ally and my deepest sympathies to the people of Nepal who have lost their lives, loved ones, and homes due to the catastrophic earthquake and its aftershocks.
We also send our prayers to the people killed and injured in the avalanche on Mt. Everest.
It seems unimaginable that over 8 million people are affected and the death toll has reached over 4600. Time is also running out on the hopes of further rescues.
Given this humanitarian crisis in Nepal, I wanted to share with you the Red Cross’ activities that are happening.
American Red Cross Response
Overview: The American Red Cross has thus far deployed a total of 8 disaster specialists and is committed financial assistance to the global Red Cross response to the Nepal earthquake. The American Red Cross is working closely with the Nepal Red Cross and the International Federation to coordinate additional support.
*Assessments and Coordination: The American Red Cross has deployed two disaster specialists from a regional office in Bangkok to support the response. An American Red Cross information management specialist has also deployed to support overall Red Cross coordination.
*Relief/Cash Transfer: The American Red Cross is deploying three disaster specialists as part of a Red Cross team working to conduct damage assessments, identify key needs and support relief activities.
*IT/Telecommunications: The American Red Cross is deploying two specialists as part of a global Red Cross team providing IT and telecommunications support to the overall Red Cross operation. The American Red Cross is also deploying a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) voice & data satellite to support the response.
*Information Management/Geographic Information Systems (GIS): In addition to deploying an information management specialist, the American Red Cross is also providing remote information management and mapping support to the response.
*Restoring Family Links: American Red Cross chapters are working with global Red Cross partners to reconnect family members separated by the earthquake.
This is in addition to what the International Red Cross is providing for relief.
Please take a moment to help these people if you can. Donate to The Red Cross or any of the other charities listed in this Time Magazine article linked below. Anything will help.
Love, Jill XO