The news coming from the earthquake in Haiti is simply heartbreaking. Living in earthquake prone California, we certainly have a heightened awareness of the potential dangers of earthquakes. However, even with that, I don't think we can fully understand the devastation to this small, poverty stricken country. It has been frequently reported in the past day that they are the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.
This means that certain things that we take for granted simply are not reality there. Things like buildings built to earthquake safety standards, well trained and equipped emergency response people, the ability to bring in aid from nearby regions quickly and safely.
I pulled this off of Kathy Kristof's twitter (@kathykristof). She has compiled a list of links and tips to help those suffering in Haiti.
Read her advice here, and take a moment to help now.