Tsunami Disaster Relief and Information

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I've compiled this resources list to help teachers both help their students learn about tsunamis and earthquakes.

    •Activities for "The Big Wave" by Pearl S. Buck
Katy Smith teacher atPratt Elementary School in Pratt, West Virginia USA suggests activities to go along with Pearl Buck's "The Big Wave." Her review of the story is: This short story tells about a Japanese village that is destroyed by a tidal wave. Everyone tried to reach the safety of the mountains before the big wave struck. However, a small boy who had gone to the mountains with friends of the family is orphaned because his parents were drowned. The boy, lonely, grieving, and confused, is welcomed into the family who had taken him to the mountains.
    •Amiya K. Chakravarty Tsunami Relief Effort Web Site
A short write up on coordinating the relief effort.
    •Andy Carvin's Asian Tsunami Podcast
"The Tsunami as a Wake-Up Call to Bridging the Digital Divide,"It's just over six minutes long and takes up seven megabytes. Meanwhile, you can still read the text version here: http://www.digitaldivide.net/articles/view.php?ArticleID=84
    •Article on Elephants and the Tsunami
Elephants saved tourists from tsunami Reuters Posted online: Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 1513 hours IST Thailand, January 2: Agitated elephants felt the tsunami coming, and their sensitivity saved about a dozen foreign tourists from the fate of thousands killed by the giant waves. "I was surprised because the elephants had never cried before," mahout Dang Salangam said on Sunday on Khao Lak beach at the eight-elephant business offering rides to tourists. The elephants started trumpeting -- in a way Dang, 36, and his wife Kulada, 24, said could only be described as crying -- at first light, about the time an earthquake measured at a magnitude of 9.0 cracked open the sea bed off Indonesia's Sumatra island. The elephants soon calmed down. But they started wailing again about an hour later and this time they could not be comforted despite their mahouts' attempts at reassurance.
    •Charter School of Morgan Hill's (CA) 5th Grade Tsunami Relief Project
The two 5th grade classes at the Charter School of Morgan Hill (CA) raised $1500 for Tsunami Relief. They dontate this money to Free the Children for Tsunami Relief in the affected areas because the money would be used to help the children. As part of their tsunami study, they read Pearl Buck's "The Big Wave." These photos are the children's interpretations of that story.
    •Children, Terrorism and Disasters
This site is from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is mostly geared toward terrorism and 9-11 help, but it may be useful.
    •Digital Globe's Tsunami Information
DigitalGlobe's Quickbird satellite captured an image of the devestation around Kalutara, Sri Lanka (top), on December 26, 2004, at 10:20 a.m. local time-about an hour after the first in the series of waves hit. A Quickbird image taken on January 1, 2004 (lower), shows the normal ocean conditions. Water is flowing out of the inundated area and back into the sea, creating turbulence offshore. Some near-shore streets and yards are covered with muddy water. It is possible that the image was acquired in a "trough" between wave crests. Imagery of nearby beaches shows that the edge of the ocean had receded about 150 meters from the shoreline.
    •Digital Globe's Tsunami Pictures
Tsunami pictures from the Digital Globe Web site.
    •Free the Children
Free the Children is an outstanding organization. The founder (now a young man) was only 12 years old when he founded the organization. It is an international network of children helping children.
    •Google's Tsunami Relief Homepage
Links to many agencies helping the victems of the Asian Tsunami.
    •Ham Radio Helps Tsunami Relief
When tsunami waves broke all communication lines across India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands, ham radio came to the rescue. Bharati Prasad, India's foremost amateur ham radio operator, was attempting a new transmission record here when the Dec 26 earthquake followed by the giant waves hit the archipelago. Faced with a massive humanitarian crisis - with hundreds dying and islands with thousands of people completely out of reach - Prasad quit her project and jumped into action. "In situations like this, the only thing that works is radio," said Prasad, one of the 20,000 Indian ham radio operators - people who run powerful radio transmission sets connecting with fellow enthusiasts across the world. "The phone links had disappeared, so I started using my radio set to connect with people in mainland (India) and giving information about people in Port Blair."In fact, I was one of the first people to get in touch with a radio guy in Thailand who told me what was happening there barely minutes after the waves hit (the beach town of) Phuket."
    •Healing Arts for Tsunami Survivors
THIRTY-FOUR ART THERAPISTS TO WORK WITH TSUNAMI CHILDREN Art therapists and trauma experts from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Iceland, and other nations head to South and South East Asia this summer to volunteer for ICAF's Healing Arts for Tsunami Survivors program. This site shows how you can support this program.
    •Help Provide Assistance to Tsunami Victims
With hundreds of thousands of people displaced by floods in ten countries from Southeast Asia to the Horn of Africa, more contributions are needed. Help OneWorld partners in the U.S. provide short-term emergency assistance, such as water, food, blankets and personal hygiene kits, and long-term aid to help with reconstruction efforts.
    •Heritage Cookbook Fundraising Site
This is a web site where groups can build cookbooks online with pictures, stories and recipes. The cookbooks are printed in B&W or color in Toronto and shipped anywhere. There is a note on the home page of the site saying that this organization wants to help anyone raising money for the disaster by providing free access to the site and by getting the printer to print the books at cost. Also all orders will be treated as rush orders so that they can be shipped quickly. You can reach the author of the site (Susan Love ) at 917-815-2866 or via email at susan@heritagecookbook.com.
    •iEarn Tsunami Relief Efforts
"Many people in iEARN have asked what they can to do to help people affected by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated communities in a number of south and southeast Asia. There are many international relief agencies working daily to provide food, clothing, shelter, water and health care to people in need. Please participate in these efforts/organizations. In addition, we created a bank account for funds collected for earthquake relief following the disaster in Bam, Iran last year. If you and your schools would like to send funds from around the world for distribution and use in the affected countries, please use this account. iEARN will create an international Committee to work with the iEARN Coordinators in the affected countries to oversee distribution of the funds and to report back to the international community where the funds were distributed and used. Our focus will be on education and the needs of children. We will consult with the iEARN people in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and elsewhere to use your donated funds to assist in the re-establishment of education opportunities and in the re-building of lives of children affected by this calamity. As we work with iEARN people in these countries, we will keep you informed of plans and developments."
    •Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
Scroll down to January to get Kathy Schrocks' Tsunmi curriculum resources and information.
Kinja.com is a digest of the latest news feeds and first-person blogs related to the tsunami disaster. You could use this site for current events to teach about the tsunami and the relief effort. If you have a news feed or blog that's focusing on the tsunami, or are reading one that you'd like to add to the digest, go to the above URL and log on with the following info: login: tsunami-info password: southasia Once you've logged in, you can add a news source to the digest by pasting it into the "Add a Favorite" form field in the right column. Or, you can go here: http://kinja.com/add.knj
    •Leilani Carbonell Pedroni's Asian Tsunami Resource Site
In response to the recent Tsunami disaster, we put together some Web Resource Lists and an Activity you can pass along to the teachers you work with.
    •Pacific Tsunami Museum
The museum is located in Hilo, Hawaii. The site has a variety of resources and links about tsunamis.
    •Pearl Buck's "The Big Wave" Real Audio on NPR
NPR's Jacki Lyden reads from Nobel prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck's children's book The Big Wave -- a story of a tsunami and its aftermath, set in Japan. The download is a bit slow, but The story is excellent. The book is a "good read" to help students understand the effect of tsunamis on people, and the determination of people affected by disasters to rebuild their lives.
    •Scholastic News--After the Tsunami
Learning from Tragedy resources of books and materials for students.
    •Schools use web to deepen tsunami study
eSchool News Online article by Robert Brumfield, Assistant Editor, eSchool News January 6, 2005
    •Student Art Project re: Pearl Buck's "The Big Wave"
A student from the American School in Japan explains the art project. Student pastels are included.
    •Talking about Disasters--Tsunamis
The National Disaster Education Coalition web site on Tsunamis. It contains excellent information and resources.
    •The Big Wave-Curriculum
Vocabulary, questions, etc. to for Pearl Buck's "The Big Wave."
    •The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Blog
"As the focus on South Asia transitions from relief to reconstruction, those wishing to support these efforts are looking for safe channels to send financial support. One organization, GlobalGiving has tapped into its existing network of grassroots level projects in South Asia to identify long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation projects. All of the projects are mission focused and specifc in their goals and expected outcomes. This seems like a great way to be a part of the rebuilding process, especially if you can't make the trip to South Asia yourself."
    •This book was written by Dr. Geroge Pararas-Carayannis, Ms. Patricia Wilson and Mr. Richard Sillcox. The illustrations were created by Mr. Joe Hunt. The web version was created by David Gronbeck-Jones, British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program, on behalf of the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC). This book came from The West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center  . Disaster Connection: Kids to Kids
This book was written by Dr. Geroge Pararas-Carayannis, Ms. Patricia Wilson and Mr. Richard Sillcox. The illustrations were created by Mr. Joe Hunt. The web version was created by David Gronbeck-Jones, British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program, on behalf of the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC). This book came from The West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center  .
    •Tsumami Information and Animation
Massive tsunami hits Indian Ocean Coasts Sunday 26 December 2004: at 0100 GMT, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake occurs on the seafloor near Aceh in northern Indonesia. This earthquake generated a huge tsunami wave, hitting the coasts of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and even Somalia. The below image shows how the wave moved towards the surrounding coasts. Click on the image to see an animation (650 KB) actual animation http://ioc.unesco.org/itsu/templates/itsu/images/animation.gif?PHPSESSID=2d2886d\ a3e627cce13276e8fa397d91
General information and links about tsunamis including the physics of tsunamis, the tsunami warning system, how to protect yourself from a tsunami, etc.
    •Tsunami WebQuest 2004
A sixth grade teacher created this Tsunami Webquest about the Dec. 04 Asian Tsunami. It can be used by a variety of grade levels.
    •Tsunami disaster on the UN's News Centre UN's News Centre
UN RESPONDS TO TSUNAMI DISASTER The effects of the tragedy have largely faded...from the front pages and from our nightly news. So it's vitally important that we have someone capable of sustaining international interest in the fate of the survivors and their communities. Kofi Annan at joint news conference with former US President Bill Clinton
    •Tsunami Holocaust in Kerala: Relief Fund
"The coastal belt of Kerala was ravaged by Tsunami, killing at least 169 persons.  The most ruined is the poor hamlet of Azheekkal near Karunagappally in Kollam District.  Thousands displaced.  Thousands injured.  Thousands rendered homeless.  Now the damage is beyond any assessment.  Government machinery, self help groups, political parties, organization etc. are pouring in as much help for relief operations. Financial help is sought from the people world over to render all care for the people in distress.  Every Indian rupee you donate will go to a meaningful end to make the poor survive. "
    •Tsunami in Southeast Asia: A Summary Report
This summary post is a living document, expect regular updates.
    •Tsunami Information
This is another site for information (instructional use). The site aggregates news feeds and blogs from a variety of sources around
ELRO Corporation and Tsunami Computing Inc. are conducting a charity drive to help tsunami victims. 100% of the funds received will be sent to charities directly involved in humanitarian help and rescue efforts in Asia. This site also links to Tsunami images and information.
    •UNICEF's Tsunami Relief Site
UNICEF country offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Maldives, India and Sri Lanka are supporting relief and recovery efforts following the Sumatra earthquake that touched off a series of tsunamis, killing tens of thousands of people and leaving hundreds of thousands of children and their families in serious jeopardy. At least a third of those reported dead and missing are children, UNICEF believes.
    •United Nation's Cyberbus Tsunami Page
Dramatic slideshow of the Tsunami affected areas byBill Yotive Project Manager Global Teaching and Learning Project Educational Outreach Section UN Headquarters

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