Development of SMS 4636 Code for Haiti Relief

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In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, many organizations, public and private, commercial and non-profit, collaborated to set up the SMS 4636 code to provide information and bring help quickly to the Haitians. The service allows survivors to report their needs and location by simply texting on their cell phones. 4636 can also push vital news and information back to the survivors, and provide translations. There is no cost associated with the service. Those who brought this together deserve great credit, and the use and integration of such technology should be researched for expansion in future disasters, both in the US and abroad.