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Information and Resources on the December 26 Earthquake and Tsunami

I Introduction

In OHPE 393.1, we offer a collection of links relating to the December 26 earthquake and tsunami. In compiling this list, we've focused mainly on hub sites that provide starting points for finding news on the disaster and ways to help.

If you have a link you wish to add to the list, please email and we will consider including it in the OHPE News and Summary section of coming issues. We are particularly interested in links with connections to health promotion or with which readers have personal experience.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by the disaster.

II. Information and Resources

A. Contact Information for Major Canadian Non Profits

This list is excerpted from a longer list at (available online at the link provided in below in "News Sources"). It is duplicated here for those of you with limited online access.

* Canadian Red Cross


* CARE Canada


* Medecins Sans Frontieres

1-800 982-7903

* Oxfam Canada


* UNICEF Canada


2200 Yonge Street, Suite 1100

Toronto, ON M4S 2C6

* World Vision Canada


B. News Sources

* BBC--Asia Earthquake Disaster

* CBC--Disaster in Asia

* CNN--Tsunami Disaster

* Globe and Mail--How to Help

Their International section is another place to visit for ongoing news updates:

* National Post

How to Help

Looking for Someone

C. Government Sites

* Government of Ontario

Links to news releases and ways to donate

* Government of Canada

Disaster in South and South East Asia

Includes links to government announcements, information and assistance for Canadians abroad, list of involved government departments

D. Other Sources of Information and Resources for Disaster Relief

Many of the links below came from BoingBoing, an online, collaborate weblog at To see all of their posts regarding the disaster, visit

* Benjamin Rosenbaum's Blog--Tsunami Relief: Charity Efficiency and Transparency Ratings

* Center for International Disaster Information

Includes Offers of Goods or Service, Organizations Working in the Disaster, USAID, Situation Reports, and a listserv

* CharityVillage--Emergency Response Organizations

* Digital Divide Network

Disaster Relief and Emergency Preparedness collaborate workspace

* Relief Web--South Asia: Earthquake and Tsunami--Dec 2004

* The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Blog

Also related are (enquiries, helplines, emergency services) and (to find missing people)

* United Nations--Tsunami in South Asia

Includes news stories, press releases, links to UN efforts, and lists of participating organizations

* U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program Website

* Wikipedia

Contents include quake characteristics, tsunami characteristics, damage and casualties, early warning systems, post-tsunami humanitarian situation, and external links

* WorldChanging and Architecture for Humanity

Collecting donations targeted to rebuilding

* World Health Organization

The Emergency Preparedness and Response page from the South East Asia Regional Office is at