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Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon are all waiving fees and charges for users who want to reach out to victims of the massive earthquake that hit Chile last week. The massively successful text-to-donate campaign during the Haiti disaster is also back in full swing.
The Red Cross made huge waves with its text-to-donate initiative after the massive earthquake in Haiti. By sending a text message to a special Red Cross number, users could send a $10 donation, which was added to their monthly phone bill. More than $25 million was raised from text donations.
Chile now faces its own devastation after a magnitude-8.8 quake ripped through the country last week. The death toll currently stands at 711, while over a million homes have been destroyed. To do their part in helping with relief efforts, mobile phone companies have made it easier to provide aid.
Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have all announced that they will waive the standard texting charge for any text message donation. Verizon and T-Mobile have both gone a step further, eliminating all charges for calls between the US and Chile.
“We want to help alleviate some of the agony being experienced by our customers trying to reach loved ones in Chile,” said Verizon VP Susan Retta. “Waiving the calling charges will help our customers focus on tracking down and keeping in touch with their family and friends without having to also worry about the cost of the call.”
Text “CHILE” to 20222 = $10 to World Vision
Text “SAVE” to 20222 = $10 to Save the Children Federation, Inc.
Text “CHILE” to 45678 = $5 (In Canada Only in English) to UNICEF Canada
Text “CHILI” to 45678 = $5 (In Canada Only in French) to UNICEF Canada
Text “4CHILE” to 50555 = $10 to Convoy of Hope
Text “CHILE” to 50555 = $10 to Friends of the World Program
Text “REBUILD” to 50555 = $10 to Friends of the Operation USA
Text “CHILE” to 52000 = $10 to Salvation Army
Text “CHILE” to 85944 = $10 to International Medical Corp.
Google person finder for Chile
Google today launched a person finder to quickly connect those looking for missing people in Chile and those who have information.
The simple interface lets you choose between two options — “I’m looking for someone” and “I have information about someone,” then either query the database or enter new information. At the time of writing, the Person Finder app has 3,100 records.
The Person Finder is the same app used following the Haiti earthquake. We hope to see other tech companies stepping up to provide tools to assist people in Chile.
Message from US President Barack Obama
Message from Chile’s President, Michelle Bachelet
Presidenta Bachelet declara zona afectada por catástrofe desde las regiones de Valparaíso a La Araucanía
La Mandataria informó que esta medida permitirá enfrentar la situación de manera más efectiva.
La Jefa de Estado se trasladó de madrugada a la Oficina Nacional de Emergencias (ONEMI) y posteriormente, voló hasta la Región del Maule para evaluar en terreno los daños producidos por este terremoto, junto con coordinar el viaje de ministros y subsecretarios a otras zonas del país.
La Presidenta de la República, Michelle Bachelet, afirmó que el territorio comprendido entre las regiones de Valparaíso y La Araucanía, fue declarado zona afectada por catástrofe. “Esto significa que sin ningún tipo de trámite burocrático se monta la estructura institucional que garantiza una buena respuesta y los recursos adecuados para responder a una catástrofe de esta naturaleza”, explicó al referirse a los graves efectos del terremoto de esta madrugada.
Tras reunirse en la Oficina Nacional de Emergencia, ONEMI, con las principales autoridades civiles y militares, la Jefa de Estado se trasladó hasta la Región del Maule, desde donde supervisan las labores de ayuda a la zona, una de las más afectadas por el movimiento sísmico. Simultáneamente, los ministros de Defensa, Obras públicas y Salud, además de los subsecretarios de Interior, Hacienda y Salud se movilizaron hacia otros sectores del país para coordinar las labores de asistencia.
La Mandataria dijo además que la posibilidad de un tsunami en la zona costera del país está prácticamente descartada. “Hay información de olas de cierta altura que pudieran llegar en las próximas horas a Isla de Pascua, razón por la cual se está evacuando a las personas que están en las zonas bajas hacia lugares más altos”, indicó.
Asimismo, informó que han zarpado hacia Juan Fernández –donde se registraron marejadas que causaron graves daños en la localidad- dos buques de la Armada y que se dirigirán hacia el sector insular un helicóptero y un avión de reconocimiento: “tenemos un monitoreo de las costas desde Arica hasta Aysén y las capitanías de puerto y las alcaldías de mar, están a cargo de lo que ocurre para informar de cualquier situación que pudiera significar riesgos de tsunami”.
Poco antes de despegar hacia la región del Maule, la Jefa de Estado recibió un llamado telefónico de la Mandataria argentina, Cristina Fernández, y dijo que el Presidente boliviano, Evo Morales, había intentado establecer contacto con ella.
Con respecto a la situación de los hospitales en la diversas localidades afectadas, la Mandataria informó que se está evaluando la evacuación de los pacientes de acuerdo al grado de los daños que registren y cómo estos afectan su operatividad.
Chile earthquake: Senator says it will take years to recover
from BBC News
Chilean television says more than 300 bodies have been found in the fishing town of Constitucion which was swamped by a tsunami after the quake.
The total number known to have been killed across Chile stands at more than 700, but is expected to rise further.
Chilean Senator Evelyn Mathei is one of those trying to come to terms with her experience- while also looking to help. She is now back in Santiago but was on holiday on the coast when the quake struck.
Latest Twitter news about Chile
Information about the earthquake and tsunami warnings
- U.S. Geological Survey report on the 8.8 magnitude earthquake, including asummary, maps, and tsunami bulletins.
- Website of the Chilean Interior Ministry’s National Emergency Office (Oficina Nacional de Emergencia, or ONEMI) carries information about fatalities, major infrastructure damage, and earthquake intensity.
- The National Weather Service’s Tsunami Center website.
- U.S. State Department updates can be found at www.state.gov/chilequake.
- Statement released by U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, regarding the earthquake, with additional resources and news and information.
- Red Cross Chile/Cruz Roja Chilena website.
Domestic and international response
- Government of Chile carries an update, including Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declaring a “state of catastrophe.”
- U.S. President Barack Obama’s statement on the earthquake, saying Washington “stands ready to assist in the rescue and recovery efforts” and commenting on tsunami preparation.
- OAS Secretary-General José Miguel Insulza offered words of solidarity with Chile.
Trying to reach someone in Chile?
- Google’s person finder allows users to track people and share information in English y en español.
- U.S. State Department’s Consular Assistance page, with contact information (email: ChileEarthquake@state.gov; telephone: 1-888-407-7777) for contacting U.S. citizens in Chile.
Real-time updates and social media tools
- The website of La Tercera, latecera.com, offers minute by minute coverage.
- UStream, a social media service that allows viewers to interact through tools such as Twitter, carries live coverage.
- Ushahidi is using croudsourcing tools to share information about Twitter hashtags to follow, blogs covering the latest news, English and Spanish media sources, maps, and more. Access the Google doc that harnesses this information. Also, view Ushahidi’s Chile page, with maps and more.
- Updates and images are being shared via multiple Twitter hashtags. Find news via #Chile and #TerremotoChile.
Maps, images, and multimedia coverage
- Boston.com’s “Big Picture” provides large images of the destruction caused by the earthquake.
- The New York Times carries maps of Chile with information about where the earthquake struck and damage done.
- The Huffington Post’s live updates and videos.
- Images shared via flickr.
- CNN World interactive map that puts Chile earthquake—the fifth biggest since 1900—in context by comparing it to the ten strongest.
- Mexico’s El Universal offers an interactive guide to earthquake, including maps, videos, resources, and facts about Chile.
Donate to help:
- Text CHILE to 25383 to donate $10 to Habitat for Humanity rebuilding efforts.
American Red Cross Responds to Chile Earthquake with Initial $50,000 Pledge
Sunday, February 28, 2010
The American Red Cross is responding to the strong 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile, making an initial $50,000 pledge from its International Response Fund for relief operations.
“Our hearts go out to the people of Chile as they cope with the immediate aftermath of this earthquake and the continuing aftershocks,” says David Meltzer, senior vice president of international services with the American Red Cross. “Thanks to the generosity of the American people who previously donated to our International Relief Fund, we’ve been able to release an initial pledge to help the Chilean people in their hour of need and we stand ready to provide additional assistance.”
In addition, the American Red Cross will continue to monitor the potential impacts of Saturday’s tsunami and is prepared to help the people of Hawaii and the U.S. territories in the Pacific, if there is a need. As of Saturday night, all tsunami warnings resulting from the devastating earthquake in Chile have been cancelled.
A regional member of the Red Cross global network is now in Chile assessing the situation and a small team of other Red Cross emergency workers, including one member from the American Red Cross, are enroute to Santiago.
Chilean Red Cross disaster teams are working in close coordination with the Chilean government, providing limited search and rescue services, administering first aid and distributing pre-positioned supplies. The Chilean Red Cross is a member of the government’s emergency response group, which is leading the emergency operations and has a great deal of experience and systems in place to manage response to major disasters.
In international disasters, the American Red Cross provides assistance at the request of the officials in that country, and the Chilean Red Cross has not requested any international assistance at this point. Because the level of help that the American Red Cross would provide is not known at this point, the American Red Cross has not activated a mobile giving $10 text donation program.
Meanwhile, the American Red Cross and other Red Cross societies are continuing to support the relief operations in Haiti, where 1.3 million people have been helped since the January 12th earthquake in that country.
“As the largest humanitarian network in the world, the Red Cross has both the experience and the capacity to respond to multiple disasters at the same time,” Meltzer said. “We are supporting the Chilean Red Cross in their response to the earthquake while relief operations continue in Haiti.”
You can help the victims of countless crises, like the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti, around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation by either contacting 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish), or mailing your donation with the designation to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or to your local American Red Cross chapter. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
If you are from Chile, please share the situation with us in the comments.