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14 March 2011 @ 10:19 pm
Japan Search and Rescue Donations  
If you've yet to donate for Japan relief efforts let me suggest donating to 'Brigada de Rescate Topos Tlaltelolco, A.C'. They're a private non-profit search and rescue organization that formed after the Mexican '85 earthquake, an 8.1 on the Richter on a city not prepared for such devastation. A group of civilians looking for their loved ones decided to work as a group in coordinated search and rescue and ended up being known as TOPOS, which means gophers in Spanish, because they'd dig in and crawl underneath all the rubble. They became an official organization in February 1986 and frankly, they'be helped out at many major disasters since then, including Indonesia in '04 and Haiti this last year.

These people are not regularly funded by any government. At most, they end up getting plane tickets to the disaster area from the Mexican government. They can only travel to a disaster area after they've secured private financing for transportation, food/water, safety equipment needed for the job, rescue equipment, and first-aid/emergency aid equipment. They don't earn a living from their work. They're all volunteers.

They were waiting for a connecting flight at Oakland to head back to Mexico from New Zealand when the earthquake happened and are now in need of money to help out in Japan.

They don't ask for money year round, only when they're needed.

If you want your money to be put to use right away then please donate to them.

You can do so by donating via PayPal to:
donativos@brigada-rescate-topos.org