Please Read!!! Samoa

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My thoughts are with those who have lost friends/family in the earthquake/Tsunami today in Samoa.

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Charlie - posted on 09/30/2009




Jenn i hope you hear from your family soon !!

It's so sad .

Pacific Tsunami (Samoa & Tonga) Appeal 2009

Red Cross urgently appeals for funds to support those affected by the tsunami in the South Pacific.

read more about the appeal

On Wednesday 30th September, a tsunami struck Samoa, hours after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake occurred in the early morning between the islands of Samoa and American Samoa. The wave reported was up to 1.7 metres in height and caused severe damage in island areas that are only a few feet above sea level, with homes and property swept out to sea.

While local authorities have not yet confirmed the number of fatalities, the count is expected to grow as those missing are identified.

Red Cross response

The Samoan Red Cross has mobilised over 130 volunteers to all evacuation areas to undertake registration and assess other needs. They are also distributing relief supplies and administering first aid where required.

Finding family members in affected areas

For members of the public concerned about the welfare of their relatives in the affected areas, please call the Department of Foreign Affairs emergency helpline number 1300 555 135 within Australia (local call cost).

Pacific Tsunami (Samoa & Tonga) Appeal 2009

Australian Red Cross is accepting monetary donations to support relief, rehabilitation and recovery activities for communities affected by the disaster.

The funds raised through this appeal will be used to:

* support relief, rehabilitation and recovery activities for communities affected by the disaster in Samoa, Tonga and other affected Islands
* send specialist aid workers to assist in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement response to the tsunami
* support Australian Red Cross programs of assistance in the affected areas.

Please note: Australian Red Cross will not deduct more than 10% of any donation for an international appeal to cover appeal costs. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australian Red Cross will direct the excess funds to other emergency preparedness and response initiatives in the Asia Pacific region. Any interest earned on donations will be invested back into the appeal.

Donations of relief goods, medical equipment and other items

Australian Red Cross does not accept donations of 'goods in-kind' for the following reasons:

* the logistics of transporting and distributing 'in-kind' donations can often be very expensive as well as time consuming, in particular organising clearances to foreign countries and arranging transportation to remote areas
* responding to the assessed needs of the affected population is our priority. 'In-kind' donations are frequently not based on identified needs and may be inappropriate for cultural or religious requirements of the affected population
* Australian Red Cross believes that essential relief items should be purchased locally where possible, to ensure appropriateness of the goods for the local population and to assist the local economy.


Please contact the Supporter Services Centre on 1800 811 700 or email us on as our phone lines are very busy. Please be patient if it takes some time for your email to be responded to, as we are receiving many requests.

Please note that businesses and third parties are not permitted to use the Red Cross logos on any materials. Also note that you must register your fundraiser using the Community Fundraising Kit which you can download below.

Do you want to fundraise online?

Another way to fundraise is to register your event on our online community fundraising website and do all of your fundraising online.

Please help if you can !

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Just found out today that a girl I went to school with lost her Grandfather and cousins (who where under 5 years old). My heart goes out to all.

Sharon - posted on 09/29/2009




Jenn - please be sure to post when you can when you hear about your family there?

Best wishes and good luck vibes!!

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Hi Jodi,

Yeah we had warnings at 9am, they have since been downgraded. East Cape are still having warnings but it is not as serious. I live in Chch on the east coast, we are below sea level.

Jenn- I hope your family are ok!

Jodi - posted on 09/29/2009




Jean, I heard the tsunami warnings in other areas had been cancelled now. My thoughts are with anyone who has been killed or injured.

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Hi Jenn,

No worries, no I don't but I know of people who are from Samoa, we have had Tsunami warnings here in New Zealand.

~Jennifer - posted on 09/29/2009




Thank you for posting this.

My husband and Uncle are trying to get in touch with family members back home to make sure everyone's ok. Do you have family there as well?

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