Originally from Hannibal, Missouri, J. E. Clark has spent the last 37 years living in central Maryland, much of it in suburban Washington, DC and Baltimore. An avid reader all her life, she began her interest in writing at the age of 13 while working on assignments for her English class. Many years later, she would go on to have a successful career writing technical manuals and training materials for a major California health insurance company, as well as being chief editor on two books of poetry. She retired in 2000.
NOT ON MY WATCH!
A lifelong advocate for different causes, in September 2004, Ms. Clark first began hearing from a friend who made annual missions trips to Gonaives, Haiti about the awful devastation there following Hurricane Jeanne. Thousands were dead and 70% of the city was destroyed, all just a few hundred miles off the south Florida coast. Two weeks after the hurricane destroyed Gonaives, she and her friend Lynn T. went searching for current information in the US press only to find there was none. Nor was there any available to Lynn through her resources as a radio broadcaster. Florida had been criss-crossed by four hurricanes that summer and much of the news was devoted to the aftermath of the devastation there.
Shocked that more importance was being placed on the financial losses in Florida than the death of thousands in Haiti, they said, “Not on my watch!” They committed to work tirelessly together and individually to raise public awareness whenever and wherever a disaster happened, especially for those where US media coverage was sparse. In the following months, that commitment was to undergo severe tests as the world was literally rocked by the Sumatran earthquake and tsunami; the 2005 hurricane season in the US, which included Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma; and, the disastrous earthquake in October 2005 in Pakistan.
Following the M8.7 earthquake in Indonesia on 28 March 2005, Ms. Clark began full-time tracking of major natural disasters that required a national and international response. These disasters include: earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes and tropical cyclones, as well as major weather events, such as large tornado outbreaks and large winter storm systems. Unable to go into the field herself, Ms. Clark has compiled a large database of links, all general public access, where one can go to find information about any disaster, along with contact information of who to talk to and where to get involved. Lynn continues to make missions trips throughout the world, broadcasting to raise awareness about what she finds.
WHERE YOU CAN HELP
Since 2006, Ms. Clark has also been an staunch advocate for those affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur. For more information and ideas on ways you can get involved, please visit SaveDarfur.
Are you good with words? Do you have a good vocabulary and are interested in testing it out? If so, you can also help a good cause at FreeRice. For every right answer, they will donate 10 grains of rice to the UN World Food Program. It costs you nothing, is fun to play and helps feed hungry people. How can it not be a good thing???
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