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Tsunami Help/Aid Agencies/Volunteering and Specific Requests

Thursday, December 30, 2004

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Volunteers

For Forensic Experts

  • Dr.Pornthip Rojanasuand and a team of Forensic experts from the Central Forensic Institute in Bangkok are racing against time in collecting DNA/hair samples of unidentified bodies before burial or cremation. She has vowed to not let a single body be cremated or buried without proper DNA collection for further identification. The sheer number of bodies in various states of decay have made their task all but impossible. The team has issued calls for help to forensic specialists from outside the country. So far, a team of specialists from the United Kingdom has answered the call for help. Please email us (mailto:chezpim@gmail.com) if you are a forensic specialist and would like to offer help.

Volunteering In Chennai

If you are volunteering in Chennai, then we have the following teams set in place for the immediate relief work:

    • Collection and Information Team: This team will handle calls,

receive donations of money, clothes, medicines, blankets and vessels and send receipts, give information on the current status of relief work. This team will also give out press releases, send out email reports and call for further donations based on the needs. This is the team that people from outside must contact.

    • Allocation and Distribution: This team will get the needs from

various field locations, sort the materials collected, divide it up for different locations based on the need and send it to the field coordinators for distribution.

    • Field Team: In each area we have a team of volunteers who will be

coordinating the relief efforts and distribution of materials.

  • Please figure out where you fit best, and give us a call. We urgently

need all the volunteers we can get.

  • The people to contact are:

Bharati/Manohar/Hari (AID office) 044-28350403 Ravishankar (IIT Prof) 94440-84910 Chandra Anil 9382330752,044-28350403 Smitha Kalyani 98401-73800 Vibha Ravindran 98402-63275

ADDRESS : AIDINDIA , 20/34 , Rathinam Street , off Avvai Shanmugam road (near Besant Street) , Gopalapuram , Chennai

  • College Students / Office Workers Can also volunteer after college/office hours , full time help preferable

Donations

Airline Miles

Thanks to our reader (http://firedoglake.blogspot.com/), here’s how you can donate your airline miles to help Tsunami Victims:

Feeling a little cash strapped and still want to help? Got airline miles kicking around? You can donate airline mileage to The Red Cross,OxFam, Unicef and others through links provided below:

[1] Continental Airlines] Accepts donations for American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Careforce and Healing the Children. They make it really easy, you just log in and donate.

DeltaDelta: Accepts donations for The United Way and CARE. They have an automated telephone system you an call, at 1-800-325-3999. You can also email them at delta.bids@delta-air.com. You need to include your SkyMiles account number, the amount of mileage you wish to donate, and the name of the organization you want to receive your donation.

Northwest Airlines: You can donate your WorldPerks miles to the Red Cross, AmeriCares, Habitat for Humanity, OxFam and Unicef by contacting Northwest directly at 1-800-327-2881. Minimum donation is 5000 miles.

United Airlinesaccepts donations to the Red Cross. To donate, call Mileage Plus Customer Service at 1-800-421-4655.

Asia Mileswill let you contribute your miles to Unicef. Click on the link and download a donation form. Minimum donation 10,000 miles.

American AirlinesAllow you to donate AAdvantage miles to provide transportation for children who require medical treatment. You can donate online or call Customer Service at 1-800-421-0600.

C’mon. You know they’re only going to expire.

In Kind Donations

All proceeds go to disaster relief

  • Bradbury Software – From Nick Bradbury: Buy FeedDemon or TopStyle software (until the end of the month) and send the amount you pay to the disaster relief.


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Tsunami Help/Aid Agencies/United States and Canada

Thursday, December 30, 2004

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General notes

Many employers in United States match your contributions to charities. So if you contribute $100 the employer would put another $100. This way you could effectively double your contribution. Check with your employer and find out which charities are matched by your employer and make a donation to one of those charities.

Contributions to organizations classified under United States IRS Section 501(c)(3) are tax deductible. IRS.gov has info on exemption requirements.

We have received reports that Monetary Donations from the United States would be more beneficial (at the current time) as there are some logistics issues with moving clothes and other food items. Please consider this while making your donation. Source: [1]

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance reports on nationally soliciting charitable organizations that are the subject of donor inquiries. Below are some of the charities involved in tsunami relief efforts. They are currently offering helpful tips on giving to tsunami relief appeals. [2] http://www.give.org/news/tsunami.asp

Countries

India

  • Association for India’s Development

Contributions to AID can be made through secure on-line credit-card deductions from AID’s website, http://survivors.aidindia.org. Please indicate that your contribution is for the “Relief and Rehabilitation Fund”. Contributions can also be sent by check made payable to “AID” mailed to: AID, P.O. Box F College Park, MD-20741, USA.

AID is working with our partners to support various relief proposals including prompt approvals up to the $7,500 AID has already committed. AID estimates the amount already committed will only cover a of the relief effort. Therefore, AID is appealing to all members of the community, including its volunteers, and many supporters to contribute generously toward this effort. Phone: 1-888-TALK-2-AID or (301) 422-4441 Email: info@aidindia.org.

San Francisco Bay Area Contact: Aniruddha Vaidya, 1-650-996-8249 Checks payable to: AID AID Zone 3 P.O. Box 4801 Mountain View, CA 94040-0801 Please indicate Relief and Rehabilitation Fund in the check memo

Contribute to AID via Sulekha Association for India Development Email: arti@sulekha.net

  • GIVE World Foundation

Pawan Mehra GIVE Foundation, Inc. 25 Agapanthus Street Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

  • Indians and Sri Lankans in New Jersey

Hindu American Temple and Cultural Center, Marlboro: (732) 972-5552 Sri Lankan Medical Association, Edison: (732) 494-7567 Sri Lankan Medical Association, Morristown: (973) 993-8777, Ext. 210 Indian Cultural Society of Central New Jersey, Old Bridge: (732) 727-6968 Indian Business Association, Woodbridge: (732) 750-3282 New Jersey Buddhist Vihara, Princeton: (732) 821-9346 American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, Princeton: (609) 951-8550

  • Michigan Indian Association
  • IDRF Philadelphia

A united fundraiser is being planned by IDRF, Philadelphia in association with CIO, Bharatiya Temple, and Local organizations of Indian-Americans. IDRF is soliciting contributions for the relief and rehabilitation of Tsunami victims. IDRF has already released $10,000 towards immediate relief efforts and will match dollar-to-dollar for donations up to $50,000. Contributions are tax deductible. Please make check payable to ‘IDRF’ (mention ‘Tsunami’ in the memo) and mail it to: IDRF 4807 Phebe Ave Fremont, CA 94555 Contacts: Phone: 215-661-9283 (Mukund M Kute) Email: idrf@aol.com, idrfboston@yahoo.com Maya Shenoy: pathli@gmail.com

  • Sewa International

Sewa International USA solicits your generous support to help people of coastal Southern India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia devastated by Tsunami [A tax exempt non-profit 501-C-3organization]

Volunteers from Sewa International partner NGOs and several other organizations have swung into action and are providing the much-needed rescue and relief services to the victims. Emergency medical services including medicines, food packets, drinking water, clothes, etc. are being provided. A quick survey is also being done to estimate the destruction. All of us should join this effort in this hour of crisis.

Sewa International in association with local organizations is planning to work for the rehabilitation of affected families including, • Medical services • Distribution of fishing nets, assistance for purchasing and repairing fiber boats • Repair of diesel engines and supply fuel • Distribution of textbooks, notebooks and uniforms to students. • Construction of houses. • Repair and construction of community infrastructure.

Sewa International, USA is soliciting your tax-deductible contribution for the relief and rehabilitation of Tsunami victims. Sewa International will channel your generous contributions to the above mentioned and other voluntary NGOs providing relief and rehabilitation to the affected families.

Kindly make your donation payable to “Sewa International”, write “Tsunami” in the memo and mail it to,

Sewa International USA. 3535 McClure Woods Dr., Duluth, GA 30096 Phone: 678-362-7480 (Srikanth) Email: info@sewausa.org

  • The National Federation of India Organizations
    • BAPS Care International

Contact: 1-732-744-1744 (Shailendra Adroja) Checks payable to: BAPS Care International 195 Main Street Suite 304 Metuchen, NJ 08840

    • The National Federation of Indian-American Associations

Contact: Rajen Anand (703) 642-3156, (562) 537-1077 Checks (tax-deductible) will be sent to the International Red Cross for the use of ALL victims in all countries. Checks payable to: NFIA,can be mailed to: 6912 Winter Lane Annandale, VA 22003

    • The Hindu Temple Society of North America

Contact: Dr Uma Mysorekar (718) 460-8484 Checks (tax deductible) payable to: The Hindu Temple Society of North America can be mailed to: Hindu Temple Society of North America 45-57 Bowne Street Flushing, NY 11355

VIBHA (http://www.vibha.org/emergencyrelief/ With your help, we can help thousands of Children and their families in the affected areas get back on their feet and help them see a more hopeful world after the fateful Tsunami waves

Indonesia

  • Embassy of the Republic Indonesia

2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20036 Phone: (202) 775-5200 Fax: (202) 775-5365 Email: information@embassyofindonesia.org

For the time being, the victims urgently need, among others, the following items: Food, including instant food and baby food Body bag Drinking water Generator set Medicines Blankets Tents Cotton Mosquito nets Water buckers Clothes Mattresses

Donations and contributions could be directly delivered to the National Coordinating Agency for Natural Disaster and Refugees Relief (Bakornas PBP). It is advised to have the list of items legalized by the Consular Division of the Embassy of Indonesia (tel. 202-7755314).

Address of Bakornas PBP: BAKORNAS PBP Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 36 Jakarta Pusat 10110 Tel. (62-21) 3458400 Fax. (62-21) 3505075/3458500 Contact Person: Mr. Sugeng (cellphone: +628164850361)

The information on contribution and donation shall also be conveyed to the following institutions: website: Embassy of Indonesia

    • 1. SECRETARIAT OF THE SPECIAL WORKING GROUP ON NATURAL DISASTER RELIEF, DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Bureau of Legal Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs 7th Floor, Jl. Taman Pejambon 6, Jakarta 10110 Tel. (62-21) 3846633 Fax. (62-21) 3858044

    • 2. OFFICE OF THE COORDINATING MINISTRY OF SOCIAL WELFARE

Tel. (62-21) 3453676/3459102 Fax. (62-21) 3453676/3459102 Contact Persons: 1. Mr. Dody Budiatman : +62818830076 (cellphone) 2. Ms Sitti Rahayu Hidayati : +628128267594 (cellphone)

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia could serve as the facilitator in extending financial contribution to the Bakornas PBP. The coordinator at the Embassy is Mr. Ade Wismar Wijaya (tel. 202-7755212). Financial contribution could be made in cash, cheque, or through the Embassy’s bank account given below: Bank of America 730 15th Street, NW, 7th Fl. Washington DC 20005 Account Name : Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia Account No. : 0020-874-82-642 Routing No. : 054001204

    • For Aceh and North Sumatera

Further information could be obtained from the Information Division of the Embassy of Indonesia, at 202- 7755337, 7755295, 7755306, 7755333, and 7755336. Washington DC, December 27, 2004

  • Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Canada
    • Secretariat of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Working Group for Natural Disaster Relief Efforts:

Biro Hukum, Departemen Luar Negeri Lt. 7 Gedung Utama Deplu Jalan Taman Pejambon No. 6, Jakarta 10110 Indonesia Telp. (62)(21) 3846633 Fax. (62)(21) 3858044

The Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa shall continuously update its website with the latest information regarding the victims and relief efforts underway in NAD and North Sumatra.

The Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa, in collaboration with the Indonesian Students Association in Canada, shall be holding an “Aceh and North Sumatra Earthquake Victims Emergency Relief Drive” all day and evening of Friday, 31 December 2004 for all who wish to submit donations to the victims of the tragedy. The Indonesian Embassy shall duly forward all donations to the victims in need in Aceh and North Sumatra, through the abovementioned working group.

  • Aceh Sumatra Relief Fund Inc.

This fund is a non-profit organization on raising money for Tsunami victims in Aceh, Indonesia. We are collecting money for the helpless victims in Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. EIN: #20-2079032 164 Florence Street #2 Roslindale, MA. 02131 Telp: 617-553-0472

Sri Lanka

  • Canadian Relief Organization for Peace in Sri Lanka 416-429-2822
  • Canadian Tamil Congress 416-751-8777
  • The High Commission of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka 1-613-233-8449
  • Indians and Sri Lankans in New Jersey

Hindu American Temple and Cultural Center, Marlboro: (732) 972-5552 Sri Lankan Medical Association, Edison: (732) 494-7567 Sri Lankan Medical Association, Morristown: (973) 993-8777, Ext. 210 Indian Cultural Society of Central New Jersey, Old Bridge: (732) 727-6968 Indian Business Association, Woodbridge: (732) 750-3282 New Jersey Buddhist Vihara, Princeton: (732) 821-9346 American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, Princeton: (609) 951-8550

  • Lanka Academic Network

LAcNet will send all the donations collected to ease the suffering of their fellow Sri Lankans. Contribute online Alternatively, send a check payable to “Lanka Academic Network” (and marked “Tidal Wave Victims”) to: Daya Weerakkody LAcNet Treasurer 9603 Avenel Road Silver Spring MD 20903-2311 USA All donations are tax-deductible in the USA. LAcNet US Tax Id: 411-69-1170. Would anybody be interested in helping setup a collection centre for used/new clothes and other relief material around the New Jersey or Philadelphia area? Please let me know: tsunamirelief@yahoo.com

  • Srilankan Association in Washington

Sri Lanka Association of Greater Washington is creating a relief fund Checks payable to SLAGW can be sent to c/o ISTI, Inc. 1820 North Fort Myer Dr. Suite 600 Arlington, VA 22209

  • Sarvodaya

Their site is www.sarvodayausa.org Donate via [3] or [[4]]

Burma

[5] Foundation for the People of Burma 909 Montgomery Street, Suite 500 San Francisco, CA 94113 Phone: Hal Nathan, President: (415) 486-6516 Heather Graham, Executive Director, (415) 486-6527 [6]

Religious Organizations

Christian

  • ADRA International

Asia Tsunami Crisis Fund 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring, MD 20904 800-424-ADRA (2372)

  • American Friends Service Committee

1501 Cherry Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 215-241-7050

  • Baptist World Aid

Asia Tidal Waves 405 North Washington Street Falls Church, VA 22046 703 790 8980

  • Brother’s Brother Foundation

1200 Galveston Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15233 412-321-3160

  • The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace

1-888-664-3387

  • Catholic Relief Services

209 West Fayette Street Baltimore, MD 21201 877-HELP-CRS

  • Christian Children’s Fund

Child Alert Fund PO Box 26484 Richmond, Virginia – 23261-6484 800-776-6767h

  • Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC)

South Asia Earthquake 2850 Kalamazoo Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI, 49560 800-55-CRWRC

  • Church World Service

PO Box 968 Elkhart, IN 46515 800-297-1516

  • Latter-Day Saint Charities

Welfare Services Emergency Response 50 East North Temple Street, Room 701 Salt Lake City, Utah, 84150-6800 801-240-3544 dscharities@ldschurch.org

  • Lutheran World Relief

South Asia Tsunami 700 Light Street Baltimore, MD 21230 410-230-2700

  • Episcopal Relief and Development

815 Second Avenue New York, NY 10017 800-334-7626, ext. 5129

  • Mennonite Central Committee 1-888-622-6337
  • Salvation Army Canada 1-800-725-2769
  • SAWSO (Salvation Army World Service Office)

South Asia Relief Fund 615 Slaters Lane Alexandria, VA, 22313 800-SALV-ARMY

Islamic

  • ICNA Relief

1-866-637-4357

  • Islamic Relief USA

Southeast Asia Earthquake Emergency P.O. Box 6098 Burbank, Calif. 91510 888-479-4968

Jewish

  • UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

1-416-631-5705

  • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc.

JDC-South Asia Tsunami Relief P.O. Box 321 847A Second Avenue New York, New York 10017 212-885-0832

  • American Jewish World Service

45 W. 36th St., 10th Fl. New York, NY 10018 212-736-2597

  • B’nai B’rith International

B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund 2020 K Street NW 7th Floor Washington, DC 20006 212-490-3290 http://www.bnaibrith.org

Services

Architecture

  • World Changing – Architecture Relief

WorldChanging [7]and Cameron Sinclair of Architecture For Humanity [8] have set up a Reconstruction Fund. Click the image on their website to give through Paypal. As with previous natural disasters Architecture for Humanity was contacted by a number of regionally based NGO’s for assistance. This morning we have set up a reconstruction fund, via the AFH site, specifically to deal with rebuilding issues.

  • Habitat for Humanity International

Asia Tsunami Response Fund 121 Habitat St Americus, GA 31709 229-924-6935

Children

  • Project Concern International

5151 Murphy Canyon Road Suite 320 San Diego, CA 92123 858-279-9690 http://www.projectconcern.org

  • Save the Children USA

54 Wilton Road Westport, CT 06880 1-800-728-3843 Press release – http://www.savethechildren.org

  • US Fund for UNICEF

General Emergency Fund 333 E. 38th Street New York, NY 10016 800-4-UNICEF http://www.unicefusa.org

1-800-567-4483
UNICEF Canada
2200 Yonge St., Suite 1100
Toronto, ON
M4S 2C6

  • World Vision Canada

1-800-268-5528

  • World Vision

P.O. Box 70288 Tacoma, WA 98481-0288 800-56-CHILD [9]

VIBHA http://www.vibha.org/emergencyrelief/ With your help, we can help thousands of Children and their families in the affected areas get back on their feet and help them see a more hopeful world after the fateful Tsunami waves.

Hunger

  • Action Against Hunger

247 West 37th Street New York, NY 10018 212-967-7800 http://www.actionagainsthunger.org

  • Food for the Hungry, Inc.

Food for the Hungry Asia Quake Relief 1224 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034 800-2-HUNGERS http://www.fh.org

  • Project HOPE

Asia Tsunami Response 255 Carter Hall Lane Millwood, VA 22646 800-544-4673 http://www.projecthope.org

  • Stop Hunger Now

SE Asia Crisis 2501 Clark Ave, Suite 200 Raleigh, NC 27607 888-501-8440 http://www.stophungernow.org

1-800-466-9326
Asian Earthquake/Floods Relief, Oxfam Canada
200-215 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON
M5T 2C7

  • Oxfam America

Asian Earthquake Fund PO Box 1211 Albert Lea, MN 56007-1211 800-77-OXFAM http://www.oxfamamerica.org

Information

  • NRI – Paypal based Collection

Ramdhan is mobilising NRI’s to send in donations via paypal [10]. Link – [11] Click here [12] for the list of donors.

Medical

  • International Medical Corps

Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Phone: 1-800-481-4462 1919 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 300 Santa Monica, Calif. 90404

  • MAP International

P.O. Box 215000 Brunswick, GA 31521 800-225-8550 http://www.map.org

  • Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders

1-800 982-7903

  • Northwest Medical Teams

800-959-HEAL (4325)

  • U.S. Committee for the UN Population Fund

220 E. 42nd Street, 28th floor New York, NY 10017 Tel: 212-297-5200

Missing Persons

  • All Toronto police stations

Multiple Services

  • American Red Cross

International Response Fund
2025 E St. NW Washington, DC 20006
800-HELP-NOW
http://www.redcross.org or donate on yahoo stores [13]

  • Amazon+American Red Cross Tsunami Fund
    • American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, Princeton: (609) 951-8550
  • AmeriCares

88 Hamilton Ave Stamford, CT 06902 800-486-4357 Donation link – [14] http://www.americares.org

1-800-418-1111
(or donate through your local Red Cross office)

  • CARE Canada

1-800-267-5232

  • CARE

151 Ellis Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303 800-521-CARE http://www.care.org

  • Direct Relief International

27 South La Patera Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93117 805-964-4767 http://www.directrelief.org

  • International Aid

17011 W. Hickory Spring Lake, MI 49456 800-968-7490 http://www.internationalaid.org

  • International Relief Teams

Asia Earthquake/Floods 3547 Camino Del Rio South, Suite C San Diego, CA 92108 619-284-7979 http://www.IRTeams.org

  • Mercy Corps

Southeast Asia Earthquake Dept. W PO Box 2669 Portland, OR 97208-2669 800-852-2100 Donation Gateway http://www.mercycorps.org

  • Operation USA

8320 Melrose Ave. #200 Los Angeles, CA 90069 800-678-8876 http://www.opusa.org

  • Plan USA

Asia Disaster 155 Plan Way Warwick, RI 02886 800-556-7918 http://www.planusa.org

  • World Concern

Asia Earthquake and Tsunami 19303 Fremont Avenue North Seattle, WA 98133 800-755-5022 http://www.worldconcern.org

  • World Emergency Relief

2270-D Camino Vida Roble Carlsbad, CA 92009 760-930-8001 http://www.worldemergencyrelief.org

  • World Relief

SE Asia Earthquake/Tsunamis 7 E Baltimore St Baltimore MD 21202 800-535-5433 http://www.worldrelief.org

Rescue

  • International Rescue Committee

PO Box 5058 Hagerstown, MD 21741-9874 877-REFUGEE or 733-8433 http://www.theIRC.org

Rehabilitation

  • Shaklee Cares – Relief Packs
Organized Special Shaklee Cares Relief Pack which contains those items the primary aid  organizations told us will be most helpful. Pricing - $78.90 for the Shaklee Cares Relief Pack Item (#81700) Toll Free at 1-800-SHAKLEEhttp://www.shaklee.net/pws/library/business/shakleecares_faq.pdf

Sustainable Development

  • International Association for Human Values

Appeal for Tsunami Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation in South Asia

VIBHA http://www.vibha.org/emergencyrelief/ With your help, we can help thousands of Children and their families in the affected areas get back on their feet and help them see a more hopeful world after the fateful Tsunami waves.

Transportation

  • Air Serv International

6583 Merchant Place, Suite 100 Warrenton, VA 20187 540-428-2323 http://www.airserv.org

  • Transportation Logistics out of the US

Logistics services for transporting relief goods, especially out of the US, available. Contact balthshazar AT hotmail DOT com if you’re interested. http://www.livejournal.com/users/balthshazar/

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Tsunami Help/Aid Agencies/Maldives

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Relief center telephone contacts Saabe +(960) 776805, Eva +(960) 782747, Faya +(960) 776142 or Ziyad +(960) 772598 (via Divehi Observer); they need food, clothes and basic necessities.

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Tsunami Help/Aid Agencies/Europe

Thursday, December 30, 2004

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Belgium

Aid Agencies in Belgium

  • Tsunami 1212: Joint effort Belgian Aid organisations
  • Caritas
  • Red Cross Belgium
  • Unicef
  • Doctors without borders
  • Oxfam

France

  • Médecins sans Frontières / Online Donation:
    • http://www.msf.fr/site/aider.nsf/agir?OpenForm&aff=asie
  • Croix Rouge Francaise:
    • Online Donation http://www.croix-rouge.fr/goto/aide/don/index.asp?action=Z707
    • or chèques to CRF/SEISME Asie – BP 100 – 75008 Paris.
  • Action contre la faim: http://www.actioncontrelafaim.org
    • Adresse : Action contre la faim – 4 rue Niepce – 75662 Paris Cedex 14 – France
    • Chèques à l’ordre de : Action contre la Faim, 4 rue Niepce – 75014 Paris CCP 28 20 W PARIS
    • Don en ligne : http://www.actioncontrelafaim.org/scripts/communique_dernier2.asp?id=249
  • Croix Rouge française: http://www.croix-rouge.fr
    • Adresse : Croix-Rouge Française – Séisme Asie, BP 100 – 75008 Paris
    • Chèques à l’ordre de : Croix-Rouge Française
    • Don en ligne : http://www.croix-rouge.fr/goto/aide/don/index.asp?action=Z707
  • Fondation de France: http://www.fdf.org
    • Adresse : Fondation de France – Solidarité Asie du Sud – BP 22 – 75008 Paris
    • Chèques à l’ordre de : Fondation de France
    • Don en ligne : http://www.dons.fondationdefrance.org/dons/index_don.php
  • Handicap International: http://www.handicap-international.org
    • Adresse : Handicap International / raz-de-marée, 69361 Lyon
    • Chèques à l’ordre de : Handicap International
    • Don en ligne : http://www.aidez.org/handicapinternational.phtml
  • Médecins du Monde: http://www.medecinsdumonde.org/
    • Adresse : Médecins du Monde – 62, rue Marcadet, 75018 Paris
    • Chèques à l’ordre de : Médecins du Monde
    • Don en ligne : http://www.medecinsdumonde.org/6dons/dons_donenligne.html
  • Médecins sans frontières: http://www.msf.fr/
    • Adresse : Médecins Sans Frontières – 8, rue Saint Sabin 75011 Paris
    • Chèques à l’ordre de : Médecins sans frontières
    • Don en ligne : http://www.msf.fr/site/aider.nsf/agir?OpenForm&aff=asie
  • Secours populaire: http://www.secourspopulaire.asso.fr/
    • Adresse : Secours populaire français BP 3303, 75123 Paris Cedex 03
    • Chèques à l’ordre de : Secours populaire
    • Don en ligne : http://www.secourspopulaire.asso.fr/goto/raz-de-maree.html
  • Unicef: http://unicef.fr/
    • Adresse : UNICEF « Urgence Séisme Asie du Sud » BP 600 75006 Paris
    • Chèques à l’ordre de : Unicef
    • Don en ligne : http://unicef.fr/index.cfm?id=index_operation.cfm&code_operation=00408

Germany

  • Médecins sans Frontières / Ärzte ohne Grenzen
    • Bank transfer to account # 97 0 97, Sort Code (BLZ) 380 500 00, Sparkasse Bonn or € 30 donated through your telephone invoice if you call 0900 55 97 0 97 (only if you have a land line with Deutsche Telekom) or debit from bank account from “Bankeinzugsformular” on http://www.aerzte-ohne-grenzen.de/Spenden/Spenden.php
  • Deutsches Rotes Kreuz / German Red Cross
    • Debit from bank account or credit card under https://www.drk.de/spenden/ or bank transfer to “DRK-Spendenkonto” account # 41 41 41, sort code (BLZ) 370 205 00, Bank für Sozialwirtschaft or Donation service telephone 01805 414004 (0,12 Cent/Minute)
  • Aktion Deutschland Hilft
    • Bündnis der Hilfsorganisationenaction medeor, Adra, ASB, AWO, Care, Help, Johanniter, Malteser, Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband und World VisionBank für SozialwirtschaftBankleitzahl: 370 20 500Kontonummer: 10 20 30Stichwort “Seebeben Südasien”
  • Ärzte für die Dritte Welt
    • EKK BankBLZ 500 605 00Kontonummer 104 88888 0Stichwort: Seebebenopfer
  • Ärzte ohne Grenzen
    • Sparkasse BonnBLZ 38 05 00 00Kontonummer 97 0 97Stichwort Seebeben
  • Caritas International
    • Postbank KarlsruheBankleitzahl: 660 100 75Kontonummer: 202 753Stichwort “Erdbeben-Südasien”
  • Christoffel-Blindenmission
    • Sparkasse BensheimBankleitzahl: 509 500 68Kontonummer: 505 05 05Kennwort “Südasien”
  • DAHW (Deutsche Lepra- und Tuberkulosehilfe)
    • Sparkasse Mainfranken-WürzburgBankleitzahl 790 500 00Kontonummer 9696Stichwort Seebeben
  • Deutsches Rotes Kreuz
    • Bank für SozialwirtschaftBankleitzahl: 370 205 00Kontonummer: 41 41 41Stichwort: “Südasien”
  • Deutsche Welthungerhilfe
    • Sparkasse BonnBankleitzahl: 380 500 00Kontonummer: 1115Stichwort “Erdbeben Asien”
  • Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
    • Postbank StuttgartBankleitzahl: 600 100 70Kontonummer: 502 707Stichwort “Erdbeben-Südasien”
  • helpdirect.org
    • Münchener Hilfsorganisation [1]
  • Kindernothilfe KD-BankBankleitzahl: 350 601 90Kontonummer: 45 45 40
  • Misereor Sparkasse AachenBankleitzahl: 390 500 00Kontonummer: 52100
  • Oxfam Bank für Sozialwirtschaft KölnBankleitzahl: 370 205 00Kontonummer: 13 13 13Kennwort: Seebeben
  • Plan International Deutsche BankBankleitzahl 200 700 00Konto 061281202Stichwort: Hilfe für Südostasien
  • SOS-Kinderdörfer Deutsche Bank MünchenKonto 111 1 111BLZ 700 700 10Stichwort: SOS-Südostasien
  • terre des hommes Hilfe für Kinder in NotVolksbank Osnabrück eGBankleitzahl: 265 900 25 Kontonummer: 700 800 700Stichwort: Flutwelle
  • Unicef Bank für SozialwirtschaftBankleitzahl: 370 205 00Kontonummer: 300 000,Stichwortwort “Erdbeben Asien”

Greece

Aid Agencies in Greece

  • Hellenic Red Cross
  • Médecins sans Frontières
  • Church of Greece

Ireland

  • Donate from Ireland

http://www.irishabroad.com/goal/donation1.asp

Italy

The following non-profit organizations are among those collecting donations to help survivors of tsunami:

Conto corrente postale 000087486007

  • Croce Rossa Italiana
    • address: Conto Corrente Postale n. 300004 intestato a Croce Rossa Italiana Via Toscana, 12 00187 Roma Pro Emergenza Asia
  • Caritas Italiana
    • address: Viale F. Baldelli, 41 00146 Roma
    • phone: (+039) 06 541921
    • fax: (+039) 06 5410300
  • Emergency – Milan
    • address: Via Orefici 2 20123 Milano
    • phone: (+39) 02881881
    • fax: (+39)286316336
    • email: info@emergency.it
  • Emergency – Rome
    • address: Via dell’Arco del Monte 99 A 00186 Roma
    • phone: (+39) 06.688151
    • fax: (+39) 06.68815230
    • email: roma@emergency.it
  • Islamic Relief
    • address: Islamic Relief Italia Via Tajani, 1 20133 Milano
  • Intersos – Rome
    • address: Via Nizza, 154 A 00198 Roma
    • phone: (+39) 06 8537431
    • fax: (+39) 06.68815230
    • email: intersos@intersos.org

Netherlands

  • Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties Online Donations: http://www.giro555.nl/
  • Vereniging Sarvodaya Nederland
  • [2]
    • donations: giro: 4435192

Norway

  • Norwegian Red Cross (Røde kors):
    • Accountnumber: 10 or 8200 06 08331 for tele/net-transactions.
    • Telephonenumber: (+47) 820 43000 (100 NOK).
  • Kirkens Nødhjelp:
    • Accountnumber 100.
  • Save The Children (Redd Barna):
    • Accountnumber: 8200 01 03000.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières (Leger Uten Grenser):
    • Accountnumber: 101 or 5010 05 53500 for tele/net-transactions.
  • UNICEF:
    • Telephonenumber: (+47) 820 43 700 (100 NOK).
  • Plan Norge:
    • Accountnumber: 7874 06 20850
    • Telephonenumber: (+47) 820 43 211 (100 NOK).

Portugal

  • SOS Crianças da Asia – UNICEF
    • Banco Caixa Geral de Depositos
    • NIB: 003501270002824123054
  • Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa
    • Banco Português de Investimento
    • NIB: 001000001372227000970
  • Caritas – Vitimas do Sudeste Asiático
    • Banco Caixa Geral de Depósitos
    • NIB: 003506970063091793082

Spain

Here’s how you can help in Spain. Thanks to our reader Octavio Isaac Rojas Orduña:

  • Donate From Spain

http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2004/12/27/solidaridad/1104136142.html http://vadivel.thinkingms.com/PermaLink.aspx?guid=eeb96a9b-4819-4857-941a-1c88251a77ba

¿Cómo ayudar a las víctimas del sudeste asiático? (source: Octavio Rojas Orduña)

  • Cruz Roja: teléfono: 902 22 22 92
    • SCH: 0049-0001-53-2110022225
  • Intermón Oxfam: teléfono: 902 33 03 31
  • Médicos Sin Fronteras: teléfono: 902 25 09 02
  • Médicos del Mundo: teléfono: 902 286 286
    • La Caixa: 2100 4466 99 0200020000
    • SCH: 0049 0001 59 2810010006 (ref. Asia)
  • Cáritas: teléfono: 902 33 99 99
  • Save the Children: teléfono: 902 01 32 24 | SCH: 0049 0001 52 2410019194
    • Caja Madrid: 2038 1004 71 6800009930
    • La Caixa: 2100 1727 12 0200032834
    • BBVA: 0182 5906 88 0010020207
  • MPDL (Movimiento por la Paz): teléfono: 91 429 76 44
    • BBVA: 0182 5906 83 0010003334
    • Caja Madrid: 2038 1005 10 6000754525
  • Acción contra el Hambre: teléfono: 902 10 08 22
    • SCH: 0049 0001 59 2810090000
  • Manos Unidas: teléfono: 902 40 07 07
    • SCH: 0049 1892 63 2210525246
  • Fundación Vicente Ferrer: teléfono: 902 22 29 29
    • La Caixa: 2100-3331-96-2200096273
    • Banco Popular: 0075-0283-22-060031196
  • Bomberos unidos sin fronteras: teléfono: 91 46 71 216
    • Caja Madrid: 2038-0603-28-6006434259
  • Entreculturas: teléfono: 902 444 844
    • SCH: 0049-0496-81-2410194617
    • BBVA: 0182-5906-82-0201510322
  • Ayuda en Acción: teléfono: 902 402 404
    • La Caixa: 2100-2262-13-0200206814
    • Caja Madrid: 2038-1052-40-6000724418
    • SCH: 0049-0001-50-2610020001
    • BBVA: 0182-5906-83-0201507377
    • CECA: 2000-0002-24-9100530704
    • Banco Popular: 0075-0001-84-0606696673
  • Unicef: teléfono: 902 255 505
    • La Caixa: 2100-5731-70-0200005001
    • Caja Madrid: 2038-1098-06-6000777776
    • SCH: 0049-0001-59-2810100005
    • BBVA: 0182-5906-81-0010033337
    • BANESTO: 0030-1550-33-0000281271

Switzerland

  • Swiss Solidarity / Chaine de bonheur / Glückskette
    • POSTAL ACCOUNT 10-15000-6, Swiss Solidarity/Chaîne du Bonheur, CH-1211 Geneva 8.

UK

  • Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)
    • description: umbrella for major British Charities
    • phone: 087 0606 0900.
  • British Red Cross
    • phone:08705 125 125
  • CARE
    • phone: +44 (0)207 934 9334
  • Care International UK
    • donation: Donate Online
  • Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (Cafod)
    • phone: 0500 858885
  • Christian Aid
    • phone: 020 7620 4444
  • Doctors Without Borders
    • phone: 020 7067 4214
  • Oxfam Earthquake and Floods Appeal
    • phone: 0870 3332700
  • Save the Children
    • phone: 020 7012 6400
  • Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund
  • Sunrise Radio Donations
    • description: U.K.’s Asian radio station is accepting donations.
  • GIVE WORLD
    • address: Aarti Madhusudhan, Giving Impetus to Voluntary Effort, 166, Northfield Road, Heston, TW5 9JG, UK
  • Everton Football Club Fund Bank – Barclays.
    • account: Sort Code Sort code 20-10-84 and account no: 90344907

Registered charities

Donations by United Kingdom taxpayers to charities established in the United Kingdom will normally attract tax relief of 28% of the donation, direct to the charity concerned. Please note you must specify that the donation is to be treated as Gift Aid to let the charity recover the tax relief.

Cash and cheque donations to the DEC (and some other charities) can be made at Post Offices or at the branches of most banks.

Organisation UK Reg. No. Donation webpage Local telephone number
Action Against Hunger [3] 1047501 Action Against Hunger 08705 100 722
Action Aid [4] 274467 Tsunami emergency appeal 01460 238 023
amazon.com British Red Cross: 220949 Donate to the British Red Cross using your Amazon.com account (in USD)
CARE International [5] 292506 CARE
Catholic Agency for Overseas Development [6] 285776 Cafod 0500 858885
Christian Aid [7] 258003 Christian Aid 020 7620 4444
08080 004 004
CONCERN [8] 1092236 CONCERN 020 7738 1033
DEC [9] 1062638 Disasters Emergency Committee 0870 606 0900
The Guardian [10] N/A Guardian Appeal and List 0800 083 9921
Handicap International [11] 1082565 Handicap International 0870 774 3737
Help the Aged [12] 272786 Help The Aged
Islamic Aid [13] 1078489 Islamic Aid
Islamic Relief [14] 328158 (Requires Registration) 0121 622 0622
Médecins Sans Frontières [15] 1026588 Donate to MSF-UK 020 7067 4214
Merlin [16] 1016607 MERLIN 020 7065 0800
Muslim Aid [17] 295224 Muslim Aid 020 7377 4200
Muslim Hands [18] 1105056 Muslim Hands 0115 9117 222
Oxfam [19] 612172 Oxfam Earthquake and Floods Appeal 0870 3332700
Red Cross [20] 220949 British Red Cross 08705 125125
Salvation Army [21] 214779 Salvation Army (UK) 0800 028 7744
Save the Children [22] 213890 Save the Children UK 020 7012 6400
Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund [23] SC012302 [24] SCIAF 0141 354 5555
ShelterBox [25] 1096479 ShelterBox or ShelterBox News 01326 569782
Tearfund [26] 265464 Tearfund 0845 355 8355
UNICEF [27] 1072612 UNICEF (UK) 08457 312 312
World Jewish Relief [28] 290767 World Jewish Aid/Relief (UK) 020 7691 1774
World Vision [29] 285908 World Vision UK


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Time Warner, Sprint close to mobile pact

Time Warner, Sprint close to mobile pact

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New York – Time Warner Cable is close to a deal with Sprint Corp. to offer mobile telephone service under the TimeWarner brand to the cabler’s 11 million subscribers, according to a report in Wednesday’s The Wall Street Journal.

If such a deal is struck, Time Warner will be the first cable company to offer the so-called “quadruple threat” in telecommunications, by offering voice, video, internet and mobile services in a single package.

The Journal reported that Time Warner would test market the new mobile service in Kansas City before the end of March.

Any such deal could strengthen Time Warner’s plans to expand its entry into the telephony market. The company said it expects to have 200 thousand voice customers when it closes its 2004 books Friday. As of mid-December, the company said it was adding about 10 thousand new wired voice customers per week.

For voice customers Time Warner is competing with regional telephone monopolies Verizon, SBC and BellSouth, which among them control the two largest mobile networks in the United States: Verizon and Cingular.



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Republicans Subpoenaed in Ohio Recount

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Republicans Subpoenaed in Ohio Recount

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Columbus, Ohio – Voters in Ohio, alleging evidence of voter fraud in the presidential election, subpoenaed several leading Republicans as part of a challenge of the election results. Ohio Republican Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, President George W. Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney and White House Political Advisor Karl Rove were subpoenaed for depositions December 28th and 29th in a challenge supported by the Reverend Jesse Jackson. Blackwell has refused to appear, claiming in a court filing that he is not required to be interviewed since he is a high-ranking public official. The lawyer for the other three officials claims that his clients were not properly served the subpoenas.

The deposition was part of a lawsuit filed at the Ohio Supreme Court challenging the results of the U.S. presidential election in that state. A multi-party recount effort completed on December 28 showed a 300 vote difference between the initial and final tallies, but failed to answer questions about irregularities in the voting process such as shortages of voting machines in minority precincts, problems with electronic voting machines, and statistical improbabilities in reported vote tallies.

In his court filing, Blackwell further called those asking questions about the vote engaging in ‘frivolous conduct’ and making too many requests of election officials around the state. Republican Blackwell, as Secretary of State, assigns all members, directors and deputy directors of the precinct boards of elections that run the elections in the state. Challengers to the voting process have questioned whether these boards were adequately run as bipartisan operations, suggesting that since the boards owe Blackwell their jobs, this could have established a pattern of problems that favored Bush at Kerry’s expense.

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Bush pressured Israel to seize Chinese aircraft

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Some media sources are reporting that Israel is facing a diplomatic crisis over a number of “Harpy” unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) purchased by the People’s Republic of China in the 1990s and returned to Israel for upgrades.

China and the United States are major trading partners with Israel, but discussions to resolve the incident in the Israeli Knesset were muted by a security blackout and delayed by the exit of four Knesset members in protest.

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Tsunami Help/Health & Safety

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Tsunami Help
Pages related to the tsunami relief effort

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Health


Water – Purification

In order to drink the water, you should be prepared to treat it. There are numerous methods of water purification, described below. Please note the use of iodine, which is cheap and freely available. Recommended as a source of emergency water purification.

  • Boiling – Boiling is the most certain way of killing all microorganisms. According to the Wilderness Medical Society, water temperatures above 160° F (70° C) kill all pathogens within 30 minutes and above 185° F (85° C) within a few minutes. So in the time it takes for the water to reach the boiling point (212° F or 100° C) from 160° F (70° C), all pathogens will be killed. No need to keep the water boiling!
  • Cheapest and Easiest Drinking Water – Solar Method (SODIS) and WHO approved – Learn and Teach http://www.sodis.ch/Text2002/T-Howdoesitwork.htm
  • Water – Purification – Solar Cooking
    • For water safety, maybe use solar cooking, as boiling needs a source of energy which not always will be available. Solar cooks can be built cheaply with available resources, and if done appropriately can be used to warm up water for long enough to kill most germs. Perhaps a bit tricky, but better than nothing, and maybe better than setting up fires. It depends on the location.
    • ORIGINAL SOURCE (Water Purification) and further clarification, contact: Dr Charles Johnson, Emergency Physician, email:Charles@hopeambulance.com
  • General Chemical Treatment Procedures
    • The effectiveness of all chemical treatment of water is related to the temperature, pH level, and clarity of the water. Cloudy water often requires higher concentrations of chemical to disinfect
    • If the water is cloudy or filled with large particles, strain it, using a cloth, before treatment. Large particles, if swallowed, may be purified only “on the outside”
    • Add the chemical to the water and swish it around to aid in dissolving
    • The water should sit for at least 30 minutes after adding the chemical to allow purification to occur. If using tablets, let the water sit for 30 minutes after the tablet has dissolved
    • Chemically treated water can be made to taste better by pouring it back and forth between containers, after it has been adequately treated. Other methods include adding a pinch of salt per quart or adding flavorings (e.g., syrup mix, etc.) after the chemical treatment period
    • Additional Water Help Including Bleach Method – http://www.epa.gov/OGWDW/faq/emerg.html
  • Iodine Treatment
    • Iodine is light sensitive and must always be stored in a dark bottle. Iodine has been shown to be more effect than chlorine-based treatments in inactivating cysts. Let water stand for at least 30 minutes before use. Generally, the procedure is as follows:
      • Iodine Preparations
      • Preparation Iodine = Amount/Liter
      • Iodine Topical Solution 2% = 8 drops per liter
      • Iodine Tincture 2% = 8 drops per liter
      • Lugol’s Solution 5% = 4 drops per liter
      • Povidone-Iodine (Betadine®) 10% = 4 drops per liter
  • Chlorine Treatment
    • Free chlorine is the most widely and easily used, and the most affordable of the drinking water disinfectants. It is also highly effective against nearly all waterborne pathogens (except Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts and Mycobacteria species). At doses of a few mg/litre and contact times of about 30 minutes, free chlorine generally inactivates 99.99% of enteric bacteria and viruses.
    • For point-of-use or household water treatment, the most practical forms of free chlorine are liquid sodium hypochlorite, solid calcium hypochlorite and bleaching powder (chloride of lime; a mixture of calcium hydroxide, calcium chloride and calcium hypochlorite).
    • The amount of chlorine needed depends mainly on the concentration of organic matter in the water and has to be determined for each situation. After 30 minutes, the residual concentration of active chlorine in the water should be between 0.2-0.5 mg/l, which can be determined using a special test kit.

Water – Sanitation Management in Disasters Resources

Most are PDF files with illustrations which can be downloaded and print outs given to teams for training and to teams heading for relief work in affected areas

  • Information on how to build Emergency Toilets
    • http://www.lboro.ac.uk/well/resources/technical-briefs/38-emergency-sanitation-for-refugees.pdf
    • http://www.lboro.ac.uk/well/resources/technical-briefs/
  • Disaster Management Handbook

May be helpful but written for East Coast USA **http://disaster.ifas.ufl.edu/chap4fr.htm

Disease – Prevention

From Center for Disease Control – USA

  • Clean hands save lives. How to do it:

See [Media:http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/handwashing.asp

  • Universal Precautions

Protect yourself while helping others (scroll down for information) http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00000039.htm

Dead Bodies – Information on Handling

  • Sources of Information
    • Fear of Dead Bodies unfounded [Media:http://www.paho.org/English/DD/PIN/pr041229.htm
    • WHO
    • Additional Help and Info Dead Bodies: http://www.paho.org/English/DD/PIN/pr041229.htm
  • Possible risks with handling dead bodies
    • Exposure to bloodborne viruses occurs due to direct contact with non-intact skin of blood or body fluid, injury from bone fragments and needles, or exposure to the mucous membranes from splashing of blood or body fluid
    • Gastrointestinal infections are more common as dead bodies commonly leak faeces. Transmission occurs via the faeco-oral route through direct contact with the body and soiled clothes or contaminated vehicles or equipment. Dead bodies contaminating the water supply may also cause gastrointestinal infections
  • Precautions to be used by all persons working with bodies
    • Vinyl or Latex gloves should be worn
    • Masks and protective eyewear or face shields should be worn during procedures that are likely to generate droplets of blood or other body fluids to prevent exposure of mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, and eyes
    • Gowns or aprons should be worn during procedures that are likely to generate splashes of blood or other body fluids.
    • Hands and other skin surfaces should be washed immediately and thoroughly if contaminated with blood or other body fluids. Hands should be washed immediately after gloves are removed.
    • Graveyards should be at least 30m from groundwater sources used for drinking water
    • The bottom of any grave must be at least 1.5m above the water table with a 0.7m unsaturated zone. **Surface water from graveyards must not enter inhabited areas.
    • Ensure universal precautions for blood and body fluids
    • Ensure use of body bags
    • Ensure disinfection of vehicles and equipment
    • Bodies do not need to be disinfected before disposal (except in case of cholera)
    • Vaccinate workers against hepatitis B

Disease surveillance

  • Tsunami Disease Surveillance Network [1]
  • Disease Surveillance of Living http://www.promedmail.org
  • In disease surveillance following are important
    • a network (perhaps a hierarchy with some extra confirmation points) of trusted sources
    • case definitions (are we counting deaths, diseased, people at risk? do we count those with diarrea? do we need to define “fever”?)
    • needed data (do we need the age of the people with that disease? or just the numbers? what do we need to know?)
    • ways to communicate the data to the people who count up the numbers
    • ways to spread the information to people who can do practical things
  • In case of Malaria
    • It is important to track weekly case numbers and provide laboratory-based diagnosis (perhaps only for a % of fever cases to track the slide/test positivity rate), to pick up the early stages of a malaria epidemic
    • Active search for fever cases may be necessary to reduce mortality in remote areas with reduced access to health care services

Cholera
  • Causes
    • Cholera is an intestinal infection caused by a bacteria – and is often linked to contaminated supplies of drinking water
    • The bacterium is part of the flora of brackish water and estuaries – it is when this water gets into the drinking supply that an outbreak can start
  • Symptoms
    • It causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting, and patients, particularly children and the elderly, are vulnerable to dangerous dehydration as a result
    • Most symptomatic cases are hard to distinguish from other illnesses that cause diarrhoea – it is only in one in 10 that severe symptoms such as dehydration occur.
  • Corrective Measures
    • Clean water and rehydration salts are required, but they are often in short supply in areas where they are needed most
    • Normally, rehydration salts are the only treatment given, although severely dehydrated patients may need intravenous fluids
    • Antibiotics can reduce the amount of diarrhoea
    • Systems for hygienic disposal of human wastes also need to be brought in
    • Cooking practices need to be made as safe as possible – where practicable, food needs to be cooked thoroughly and eaten while hot, and raw fruit and vegetables avoided unless they are peeled first
    • Handwashing after going to the toilet is a vital measure to prevent the spread of the disease

Malaria
  • Causes
    • Malaria is caused by infection of a parasite which is carried from person to person via mosquitoes
    • Increase in the cases of Malaria recently because of development of resistance to traditional drugs, mosquitoes becoming resistant to insecticides and changes in the environmental conditions
  • Symptoms
    • The first is high fever, followed a few hours later by chills. Two to four days later, this cycle is repeated
    • The most serious forms of the disease can affect the kidneys and brain and can cause anaemia, coma and death
  • Corrective measures
    • The spread of the disease can be reduced by cutting down the mosquito population, for example by filling ditches where mosquitos breed
    • Early diagnosis can lead to successful treatment so education in spotting the symptoms of malaria is important
    • Bednets coated in insecticide have also reduced the incidence of the disease by up to 35%, according to the World Health Organisation
    • Artemisinin-based combination therapy should be provided when a falciparum malaria epidemic is confirmed

Post-traumatic stress prevention
  • Links and information related to psychological support for trauma after tsunami disaster http://web4health.info/en/answers/psy-acutetrauma-help.htm
  • http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/posttraumaticstressdisorder.html
  • http://www.ncptsd.org/facts/disasters/fs_rescue_workers.html
  • http://www.ncptsd.org/facts/disasters/fs_self_care_disaster.html
  • http://www.ncptsd.org/facts/disasters/fs_survivors_disaster.html
    • Most disaster survivors only experience mild, normal stress reactions, and disaster experiences may even promote personal growth and strengthen relationships. However, as many as one out of every three disaster survivors experience some or all of the following severe stress symptoms, which may lead to lasting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, or depression:
      • Dissociation (feeling completely unreal or outside yourself, like in a dream; having “blank” periods of time you cannot remember); Intrusive reexperiencing (terrifying memories, nightmares, or flashbacks); Extreme attempts to avoid disturbing memories (such as through substance use; Extreme emotional numbing (completely unable to feel emotion, as if empty); Hyper-arousal (panic attacks, rage, extreme irritability, intense agitation); Severe anxiety (paralyzing worry, extreme helplessness, compulsions or obsessions); Severe depression (complete loss of hope, self-worth, motivation, or purpose in life)
      • Most child and adult survivors experience one or more of these normal stress reactions for several days: Emotional reactions: temporary (i.e., for several days or a couple of weeks) feelings of shock, fear, grief, anger, resentment, guilt, shame, helplessness, hopelessness, or emotional numbness (difficulty feeling love and intimacy or difficulty taking interest and pleasure in day-to-day activities); Cognitive reactions: confusion, disorientation, indecisiveness, worry, shortened attention span, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, unwanted memories, self-blame; Physical reactions: tension, fatigue, edginess, difficulty sleeping, bodily aches or pain, startling easily, racing heartbeat, nausea, change in appetite, change in sex drive; Interpersonal reactions in relationships at school, work, in friendships, in marriage, or as a parent: distrust; irritability; conflict; withdrawal; isolation; feeling rejected or abandoned; being distant, judgmental, or over-controlling
  • http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/violence.cfm Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters, NIH Publication No. 01-3518, dated 2001
    • Youngsters who have experienced a catastrophic event often need support from parents and teachers to avoid long-term emotional harm. Most will recover in a short time, but the few who develop PTSD or other persistent problems need treatment.
    • For children 5 years of age and younger, typical reactions can include a fear of being separated from the parent, crying, whimpering, screaming, immobility and/or aimless motion, trembling, frightened facial expressions and excessive clinging. Parents may also notice children returning to behaviors exhibited at earlier ages (these are called regressive behaviors), such as thumb-sucking, bedwetting, and fear of darkness. Children in this age bracket tend to be strongly affected by the parents’ reactions to the traumatic event.
  • http://www.traumaweb.org/symptoms.shtml
    • The symptoms that characterize Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be divided into three main categories: Re-experiencing; Avoidance; Hyper-arousal
    • http://www.traumaweb.org/coping.shtml What can be done immediately after the traumatic event? Return to routine: Try to get back to normal, as much as this is possible. Take care to get enough sleep: At this stage the body expends an enormous amount of energy and sleep is the way to restore this energy. Stay in touch: Keep in touch with those near to you, family and friends, and share your feelings with them. Limit media exposure: Try to control the amount of news and disturbing pictures you are exposed to via television, radio and newspapers. Postpone judgment to a later time: At this stage many people blame themselves for their behavior during the event. In many cases this is unjustified, but they have trouble seeing that on account of the emotional turmoil they are currently experiencing.
  • http://www.swin.edu.au/bioscieleceng/neuropsych/ptsd/ world-wide listing from Australia.

ACUTE KIDNEY FAILURE
  • A frequent problem in land-based earthquakes is kidney failure from crush injuries and/or dehydration. The recent tsunami, by disrupting drinking water supplies, will also cause acute kidney failure due to dehydration.
    • Acute kidney failure normally requires kidney dialysis. Machines for blood-based dialysis (“hemodialysis”), or supplies for peritoneal dialysis can be quite scarce in areas devastated by the tsunami.
    • A new treatment which has been successful in pilot clinical trials in both adults and infants involves the use of an already existing medicine infused intravenously into the survivor’s arm. For details: dwmoskowitz@genomed.com
      • Could this be aminophylline ?
        • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=10772502&dopt=Abstract 2000 article: “the renoprotective effect of intravenous aminophylline was evaluated on the perfusion on kidneys undergoing SWL [shockwave lithotripsy].” “Five of these patients were treated with 500 mg of intravenous aminophylline 45 minutes prior to SWL.”
        • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=6298404&dopt=Abstract 1983 article: Can the renal vascular response to amphotericin B be blocked by aminophylline? “Toward this end, the effect of aminophylline on the renal response to amphotericin B in sodium-depleted dogs was examined.”
        • http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=+site:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov+aminophylline+kidney about 272 articles from www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov for aminophylline kidney

Medical follow-up for tourists upon return to one’s native country

  • http://www.health.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/interim-health-info-tsunami-areas-cnt Australia

Safety

Earthquake – Safety Tips

SAFETY TIPS BY THE SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE Singapore may be sheltered from devastating impacts of massive quakes, but in the wake of Sunday’s tsunamis triggering fears of more aftershocks, the Singapore Civil Defence Force has issued some advice on what you should do when a tremor occurs.

  • If you are indoors, do not rush for the exit as it may start a stampede; instead, take cover under the table or against interior walls.
  • Stay away from windows, shelves or fixtures that could fall and hurt you.
  • Do not use candles, matches or other naked flames as there may be gas leaks.
  • If your are outdoors, stay away from buildings and overhead electrical cables; remain in the open until the tremor stops.
  • If you are driving, stop quickly and stay in the vehicle. However avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, bridges, overpasses or electrical cables.
  • After the tremor has stopped, do not touch damaged electrical wiring. Report any gas leaks.
  • Call the police, if anyone has been injured, then check your home for structural defects and alert the relevant authorities.

Standards: Humanitarian Assistance

Sphere Handbook. Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response sets out what people affected by disasters have a right to expect from humanitarian assistance. Launched by Red Cross and Red Crescent, it lays down minimum standards to be attained in disaster assistance in water supply and sanitation, nutrition, food aid, shelter and health services.

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December 28, 2004

Former First Lady of Taiwan dies at age 88

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Former First Lady of Taiwan dies at age 88

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004 Faina Chiang (蔣方良; pinyin: Jiǎng Fāngliáng), the Russian-born former First Lady of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and wife of the late President Chiang Ching-kuo died on December 15, 2004 of pulmonary and cardiac failure in the Taipei Vetrans Hospitial. She was 88 years old, although using the Chinese system of counting birthdays she was said to be 90.

Her funeral was held on December 27, 2004 at the Taipei Vetrans Hospital with several prominent Taiwanese politicians in attendance including President Chen Shui-bian, Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan, and People’s First Party Chairman James Soong.

Chiang’s casket was draped with a Taiwanese Flag as well as a Kuomintang party flag.

Chiang’s body was cremated and placed in her husband’s temporary mausoleum in Taoyuan County. Current plans are to have Chiang Ching-kuo, and his father, Chiang Kai-shek’s, remains moved from their temporary mausoleums to the Wuchih Mountain Military Cemetery. Originally, plans were to keep the two former presidents in the mausoleums until they could be buried on the Chinese mainland after reunification. However, last year a request made by Chiang Fang-liang was granted to have the remains moved to the Taipei Cemetery, Chiang Fang-liang would also be buried there.

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Connecticut Serial Killer Competent- Waives Further Appeals

Connecticut Serial Killer Competent- Waives Further Appeals

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

NEW LONDON,CT – Serial killer Michael Ross appeared before a Connecticut court today, and told Judge Patrick Clifford that he wanted to die. If executed, Ross will be the first person put to death in Connecticut in over 40 years.

Ross admitted to killing eight women in Connecticut and New York in the 1980s, and to raping several of them.

The hearing considered whether Ross, who holds a degree in economics from Cornell University, was mentally competent to waive his appeals. Dr. Michael Norko, appointed by the court to examine Ross, testified that Ross is a sexual sadist and is prone to depression. Ross had attempted suicide three times in the past, Norko told the court, but he is not suicidal now. Norko further testifed that Ross is taking medication to control his psychiatric problems.

Norko testified that Ross made a rational decision in electing to waive his appeals, and the court agreed, finding Ross clear headed and well educated.

“This decision is his right to make,” Judge Clifford said from the bench.

However, Ross’ father and the Connecticut Public Defender’s Office have filed motions in Rockville Superior Court claiming that Ross suffered from mental delusions at the time of his orignial trial, and that his previous attorneys did a poor job defending him. There is no word when the Rockville court will rule.

Ross is scheduled to die January 26, 2005.

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