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7.3 Quake in Haiti Triggers Tsunami Warning For Bahamas (IMMEDIATE)
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Posted by:Jan 14th 2010, 08:52:35 pm
Fig Tree News Team

The Ministry wishes to advise any member of the public who is aware of relatives travelling in Haiti to contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 502-9530 or 322-7624 ext. 268 and provide the information to Undersecretary Carlton Wright.

The Ministry also wishes to advise that Bahamian citizens visiting Haiti at the time of the earthquake should be aware of the address of the Embassy of The Bahamas:
12 Rue Goulard
Place Boyer, Petionville
Telephone No. (509) 256-4407/257-8782
Fax No. (509) 256-5729
Posted by:Jan 14th 2010, 07:03:20 pm
Fig Tree News TeamDear friends,

We thank you for your much needed prayers, donations, support, and help in regards to the relief effort for Haiti.

Today we were able to send out the first full flight of supplies from North Eleuthera Airport headed for Port Au Prince.

Also we are working closely with Bahamas Methodist Habitat and Rotary International to ensure that donations continue to be collected and transported to those that are in need. As a result, we encourage you to continue to spread the word and ensure that persons know where supplies can be dropped off at.

Please find listed below locations were supplies can be dropped off:

South Eleuthera Emergency Center, Tarpum Bay (contact number: Shaun Ingraham /Ian Carey 334 -4630)
Buccaneer Club, Governor Harbour (contact number: Lisa Henderson 332-2000)
Global Outreach, James Cistern (contact number: Pastor Orlando Thompson 335-6354)
Bahamas Methodist Habitat, James Cistern (contact number: Abraham McIntyre)
John Wesley Church Hall, The Bluff (contact number: Mrs. Tracy Neely- Theoc 335- 1636)
North Eleuthera Shopping Center, The Bluff (Contact number: 335 -1880)
Trinity Outreach City of Praise, Lower Bogue (Contact Number: Pastor Marin Kemp)
Church of God Cathedral, Lower Bogue (Contact Number: Pastor Chrestwell Cash 335 1066)
Charles Wesley Methodist Church, Lower Bogue (Contact Number: Pastor Ednol Cash)
Community Center, Current (Contact Number: Theo Neilly 554 – 5375)
Spanish Wells (Contact Number: Mr. Willie Pinder 333 -4252)
Captain Bob’s, Harbour Island (Contact Number: Robert Griffin 333 – 3628)
In addition, for those who would like to make a monetary donation: Direct bank deposits for relief to Haiti can be made to Methodist Habitat, Royal Bank of Canada, Mackey Street Branch (Branch#05715) Account # 1284553.

Thank once again; God bless you all.

Theo Neilly, Current Local Government Council
Posted by:Jan 14th 2010, 01:11:19 pm
Fig Tree News TeamGOT AVGAS?

help bahamas: RT @wyclef they need fuel at the airport in Haiti, any country in the area of the caribbean we ne (cont)
Posted by:Jan 14th 2010, 01:01:49 pm
Fig Tree News TeamTheo Neilly in Current writes:

Direct bank deposits for relief to Haiti can be made to Methodist Habitat, Royal Bank of Canada, Mackey Street Branch (Branch#05715) Account # 1284553.
Posted by:Jan 14th 2010, 12:04:48 pm
Fig Tree News TeamBig thank you goes out to the North Eleuthera Shopping Center for their donation and efforts with relief drive for Haiti that was able to fill the first flight out this morning!
Posted by:Jan 13th 2010, 05:32:53 pm
Fig Tree News TeamMore local coordinates for donation dropoffs:

Bahamas Methodist Habitat, James Cistern (contact number: Abraham McIntyre 422 9318)

Charles Wesley Methodist Church, Lower Bogue (Contact Number: Pastor Ednol Cash)
Posted by:Jan 13th 2010, 03:06:04 pm
Fig Tree News Teamif you are in florida?

Red Cross needs Creole Speaking volunteers for a 24 hour PHONE BANK! Contact Br. Wilford @ 305-776-6900 - "please pass it on!"
Posted by:Jan 13th 2010, 01:23:55 pm
Fig Tree News TeamLocal donations are being coordinated in North Eleuthera:

Spanish Wells (Contact Number: Willie Pinder 333-4252)

Captain Bob’s, Harbour Island (Contact Number: Robert Griffin 333–3628)

Please note that arrangements are in place to transport items to Port au Prince, Haiti shortly.
Posted by:Jan 13th 2010, 12:14:51 pm
Fig Tree News Team

Six ways you can help in Haiti.

We are all saddened to hear of the tragedy in Haiti today. While we still don't know the full extent of the damage, we can be confident that an already fierce, daily struggle to survive has taken a disastrous turn for many Haitians.

Like most of you, I wanted to immediately know how I could help. So, I checked in with a few of my friends, people who, not coincidentally, I happen to admire most, and here is what I pulled together. In no particular order:

1) Text "HAITI" to "90999" to donate $10 to the Red Cross -- Our friends at the US State Department, including Katie Stanton (@kateatstate), very quickly put together this number to channel relief contributions directly to first responders who will be on the ground there. I love that our government does things like this. (Update: I am told this only works in the US)

2) Text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti -- My good friend Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) created this foundation to permanently improve the lives of the most impoverished in his home country of Haiti. Over the years, the stories I have heard from Wyclef remind me of how hard the living is there. I am humbled by Wyclef's commitment to the region and the impact Yele Haiti has there every day. Check out more on Yele Haiti.

3) Donate to Partners in Health (click here) -- PIH (@pih_org) is already on the ground in Haiti and mobilizing their relief efforts. If you have heard of Paul Farmer, this is the organization he co-founded. Working to provide health care and education to the poorest of Haiti, PIH is the real deal.

4) Donate to Architecture for Humanity (click here) -- Cameron Sinclair (@casinclair) and his non-profit Architecture for Humanity (@archforhumanity) can be found at virtually every developing world disaster site on the planet. These guys are a collection of design and housing geniuses who work tirelessly to provide shelter for the most deserving.

5) Donate to charity:water (click here) -- If you know me, you know how passionate I am about charity:water (@charitywater) and it's work to bring clean water to the 1 billion people on the planet who don't have it. Recently, the organization's founder, my friend and inspiration Scott Harrison (@scottharrison), traveled to Haiti to commence operations in that country and already thousands of Haitians have clean water to drink. As if the situation wasn't already bad enough, the need for clean water only intensifies in the aftermath of earthquakes. Every dollar of your support to these guys goes fully and immediately to work in the field. (Update: charity:water wrote a post encouraging you to also help their partners in Haiti.)

6) Learn more about Haiti -- So often we send token amounts of charity to far-flung developing world destinations. Yet, rarely do we have a sense of what life is like there. Thus, one of the ways I believe you can also respond to a tragedy like this is to commit to learning about Haiti, it's culture and wonder, as well as its daunting hardships. To that end, I recommend reading Paul Farmer's book Mountains Beyond Mountains to get a taste of the hard work underway. Also, be sure to watch Ghosts of Cité Soleil. Produced by Wyclef, and starring him as well, this documentary terrifyingly depicts the heavily armed gang leaders in Haiti's poorest neighborhoods. Meantime, try following the Twitter accounts of the folks mentioned above. Each of us can learn something from them.

7) Update -- A lot of thoughtful folks have left links below to other organizations who can channel your help to those who need it most. Please check out those groups and feel free to discuss them here.

Thanks to all of you for taking action. We owe it to Haiti, and to each other,

Posted by:Jan 13th 2010, 12:01:02 pm
Fig Tree News TeamGood Morning, Haiti
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Posted by:Jan 13th 2010, 12:23:46 am
Fig Tree News Team

Bahamas PM Ingraham's statement regarding Haiti earthquake:
My colleagues and I are deeply distressed at the news of what appears to be a very powerful 7.0 earthquake that struck our neighbour Haiti this afternoon.

Our information is that the anticipated threat of a tsunami affecting The Bahamas and other neighbouring states has apparently diminished but there may be some high tides as a result of the earthquake.

We have not yet received any reliable reports of loss of life or damage to property but it is to be expected that the impact of such a powerful earthquake would be severe.

Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti at this time and I have alerted our emergency services to be prepared, along with similar agencies in our sister states in the Caribbean, to render whatever aid we can as soon as possible. We will continue to monitor the situation.
Posted by:Jan 12th 2010, 07:05:04 pm
Posted by:Jan 12th 2010, 06:41:14 pm
KimberlyNote from Angela Pattusch-Dovel in Nassau:

"So far, I have gathered that the type of quake is not one that normally produces the huge tsunamis (or else we probably wouldn't be having this convo for much longer) but landslides might cause some concern. Inagua has felt shakes and needs to watch for high waves. Our islands are at the top of the stack relative to Haiti, but still we are being attentive."
Posted by:Jan 12th 2010, 06:08:14 pm
Fig Tree News Team

7.3 earthquake hit Port-au-Prince at 5:45p EST Tuesday, with immediate tsunami warnings in effect for the islands of the Bahamas.

Please stay tuned to for the latest information, or tweet CoconutH2O online.

Fig Tree News Team

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