If you’ve been lucky enough to discover this year’s Best Comedy Emmy winner, you know laughter rumbles through the crowd for each episode of Modern Family. This week’s earthquake episode was no exception – though the title subject can be no laughing matter if you’re caught unprepared.
Recently, I made my 3rd trip to Haiti and it was a a very productive trip.
Our own Andrea Koppel spoke with NPR’s Talk of the Nation as we approach the 6 month mark since the earthquake in Haiti. Her interview begins at 17:00 minutes.
Just a couple of days before the start of hurricane season, I decided to go see one of the American Red Cross disaster preparedness programs in Port-au-Prince.
Families were cooking meals, resting or moving about the small makeshift shelters, most no bigger than 10 feet by 10 feet. It felt like I and several others from the American Red Cross had wandered into their living rooms and were imposing in their lives, even though the Red Cross has been providing relief supplies to many of the 20,000 people in the Croix Deprez neighborhood of Port-au-Prince for more than four months.
Demi Lovato visited Chile, This American Life covers relief efforts in Haiti, we’re in a commercial, and it’s cute baby photos in honor of Hurricane Preparedness Week.
Two years ago, on May 12, 2008, a powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan province in western China, killing more than 87,000 people and destroying 5 million houses. The American Red Cross provided 200 students in Guangyuan district with disposable cameras to document their lives now.
Our own Eric Porterfield will be in Haiti for a month. Keep up with him on Twitter @ericporterfield
After arriving at the Port-au-Prince airport, just a temporary metal building, we stepped outside and were greeted by several hundred people gesturing, hoping, for a glimpse of a friend or relative who might have been aboard our flight.
The money generously donated by the American people is one of the major reasons that today most people in Haiti have access to food and water and most earthquake survivors have a tent or tarp over their heads and basic relief supplies.