First, I am fine. Thank you to everyone who called and sent messages. I was not in Santo Domingo when the quake happened. I was in Bonao. I got a text message saying that there was an earthquake in Haiti. But there are always little quakes in the Dominican Republic, and I didn't think it was that serious. I got back tonight at 11:32 pm (Dominican Time) and checked the internet and saw how incredibly serious this is. I spoke with people who were here in Santo Domingo, and everyone said they felt it. It was that strong. The fault line runs across the entire southern part of the island. The Dominican Republic was spared. Santo Domingo runs on that fault on the eastern part of the island. Why can't Haiti get a break?
Once daybreak hits the true toll of this earthquake will begin to be learned. I have been all over the internet and what is being reported is just as devastating as can be imagined. Haiti has sure had its share of natural disasters in the last few years. They haven't even recovered from the tropical storms of a couple of years ago. And now this. There are going to be many appeals made for donations over the next days, weeks and months. One I think is worth considering is the Batey Relief Alliance. An organization that I have written about several times on this blog. They are already here on the ground and have a support system and staff already mobilizing resources. Another to consider is musician Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti foundation. Of course there are many other options like the Red Cross.