WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT... THE MEXICO EARTHQUAKES?
On September 19, a magnitude-7.1 earthquake ravaged Mexico City, only 12 days after a devastating earthquake hit further south in the country. Hundreds of people have been killed, with countless more still missing. Every day citizens are stepping in to volunteer in the immediate aftermath.
As many of us watch from a world away, we should be reminded of how much distance can be crossed with compassion and meaningful aid.
Send in the rescue brigade
Topos México is a rescue brigade that is working hard to recover missing and injured victims from the wreckage. They built up their forces 30 years ago, after the devastating earthquake of 1985. Help them break through the rubble, with the aid of the best tools and well-trained rescue dogs.
(Note: donations are via PayPal)
Connect family and friends
People all over the world are trying to connect with family and friends in Mexico City. After an earthquake of this size, many people are still missing and cell phone and wifi connection is often down.
Help people find the easiest way to get in contact by sharing Google's People Finder far and wide on social media. Folks with a limited connection may have already marked themselves safe without being able to get in contact, so this tool is essential in connecting families and friends near and far.
Give Mexico what they need to recover
Translate your status update
Recovery after an earthquake this devastating will take months to years, especially since the country is still in the aftermath of another quake only 12 days earlier. Damage to infrastructure, loss of lives, and loss of jobs will take a lasting toll on the people in impacted areas.
Help kick-start a family’s recovery through disaster relief services. Your money will be stretched from the immediate recovery, to long-term assistance:
The Mexican Red Cross (and send them a special thanks for helping the U.S. after Hurricane Harvey!)
Many of us get our updates from our friends on social media. While some updates from Mexico are sent out in English (and there’s the magical Google translate), some updates circulating the web are poorly translated or still in Spanish.
A language barrier can often translate into an action barrier, so getting the message out to your immediate group in English could make the difference between just scrolling by, and joining in the relief efforts.
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