The worst earthquake to hit Haiti in 200 years, an enormous 7.0 magnitude quake, struck near Port-au-Prince on the small Caribbean island this week. The loss of life, already in the thousands and still climbing, and catastrophic destruction to this impoverished nation are immeasurable. Entire communities have been ripped apart and as many as 3 million people have been directly affected, including tens of thousands of American citizens who are in Haiti. Homes have collapsed, families have been torn apart, food and water is scarce, and hospitals are overrun in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. LexisNexis, which has created the LexisNexis Cares Disaster Relief Program to match contributions by LexisNexis employees to disaster relief organizations, encourages everyone to assist those in need in Haiti. Financial resources are the number one need during times of disaster. Most relief organizations urge people to wait until after the crisis has passed to join the volunteer and donation effort. This way, organizations can manage disaster relief efforts while working to train volunteers and accept donations. Several international aid agencies are helping with the emergency response by actively providing aid to Haiti, including such worthwhile organizations as:
You can also learn of additional ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information. The thoughts and prayers of all of the employees of LexisNexis go out to the people of Haiti and their families around the globe as they struggle to recover from this tragedy.