When an area’s infrastructure has been badly damaged following a disaster and communications are difficult, as is the case in Haiti, local communities can be overwhelmed by an influx of people and supplies. Thus, the best and most efficient way to help is with financial support to reputable relief organizations. On January 16, 2010, Kaiser Permanente wired $500,000 to four key organizations on the ground in Haiti.
In addition, some Kaiser Permanente physicians and nurses who are trained in disaster relief already have departed for Haiti on behalf of aid organizations with which they have affiliated. As needs arise, Kaiser Permanente will be ready to provide further resources and emergency caregivers. This blog was created to help these relief workers share their stories.