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  1. My 2 children and I feel the pain these people are having and would like to offer our home out. We live in a 4 bedroom house and my 2 children said they would sleep with me and they both have bunk beds in their rooms and are willing to let some children stay in their rooms. We don’t have much money but we do have 4 beds to offer and a loving home if that will help. We live in Montana and are willing to do just about anything to help these poor children in need. Thanks the Girsch family, Diana, Jessie (age9) JoLynn (age 8)

  2. I wanted to help! I visited your site and it just gave me examples of helping, not how to get started or who to contact in order to do so. I, personally, wanted to adopt an orphan from haiti and the international website for that is down because of the disaster! WHY? shouldn’t it be up and running MORE THAN BEFORE if they want to make a difference, if they want to help? People are making it too difficult to help and therefore turns others away because they don’t know how to get involved.

  3. Thursday morning. Did you see Anderson Cooper’s segment last night on the seniors who are lying outside their senior’s home and have no assistance what so ever.
    This morning Anderson is still sending messages on Twitter that seniors need help. These old people have had no food or water for days – they are lying helpless. One Haitian has arrived to try to help them but he has no supplies.
    Can some Red Cross workers get there to help.
    Check Twitter this morning and also the CNN website for a replay of the segment. It is very upsetting and disturbing but very urgent.

  4. Fellow Members,

    As we know, plans are already underway to create 10 tent cities in Haiti, as a start.

    Additionally, we know that when the rainy/hurricane season starts, the winds and rain might be more than these tents can handle. We also know that more durable, longer term structures will eventually be needed.

    I humbly request that the Red Cross Leadership consider either purchasing or developing a similar product to the one shown here (goto video): http://www.readycorporation.com/newsmedia.html

    To be clear, I am not advocating the purchase or agency agreement with Ready Corporation, nor have I contacted them.

    I AM suggesting a Red Cross sub-committee investigate this type of alternative housing for the Red Cross Rebuild phase of our efforts in Haiti.

    If the Red Cross Leadership approves, this Rebuild sub-committee should provide a response to the Red Cross Leadership in no more than two weeks, stating what readily available products/options Red Cross might consider for Haiti, their costs, pros/cons and a recommendation. This might include potential suppliers, other options, costs and best case schedule.

    The proposal should be reviewed by Members in Haiti, to ensure it is compliant with their needs.

    If an acceptable product(s) can be used, then I’d suggest some Rebuild efforts start next month, in order to have time to shelter the disaster victims when the rains come (a few short months from now).

    I favor this type of process and approach because it is less expensive, more green, and easily doable by most volunteers with basic hand tools.

    I think the designs shown by the Ready Corp. might be more sophisticated than is needed in Haiti and therefore cost might be lowered with a ‘less luxurious’ design…

    Shipping building materials into Haiti will be problematic.
    Costs might be significant.

    -FYI, about the Ready Corporation:
    The video you’ve seen was produced by The Weather Channel,the largest weather/news station in the USA.

    The Ready Corporation has developed two housing products, 1. ReadyShelter for housing and 2. ReadySpace for small buildings/office needs.

    Both products are made of compressed straw or wheat chaff AND CAN WITHSTAND HURRICANE WINDS. That’s because they’re anchored in steel channel and are laminated (like plywood) as I understand it.

    If necessary, I suspect the straw/wheat chaff might be replaced by other natural vegetation more readily available in Haiti or the Dominican Republic.

    As the video states, the process for making these products is simple and the building of these two types of housing require only hand tools and manual labor.

    Please respond with feedback on whether you think this is a good idea and whether you’re willing to help, *if* the Red Cross Leadership wants to go in this direction.
    Yours in Service,

    John ‘EEEBee’ Ebert
    2 Oakridge Road
    Clinton, New Jersey, USA 08801
    908 730-0383
    “Mankind IS OUR business”