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Transcript March 12, 2011 – Supernatural Rescue & Defense – How UF Writers (& Their Creatures) Can Help Japan’s Rescue & Disaster Relief

In the wake of Japan’s 8.9 earthquake on Friday March 11, the ensuing tsunami and the (current) nuclear emergency, we thought we’d put the planned topic on hold for this week and instead see what WE could do, as UF writers and readers, to help in this time of very real and ongoing emergency.

Our source for retrieving the transcripts remains inconsistent and unpredictable – below is what we’ve managed to collect from the March 12 chat.

8:19 pm rcmurphy: @UF_Chat I won’t have time to chat, but Sherrilyn Kenyon covered Katrina’s affect on her charas. They had to let nature take its> #UFchat
8:20 pm rcmurphy: @UF_Chat course, but they were Right There helping the recovery effort. New Orleans is their home as well. #UFchat
10:26 pm tordotUF: RT @UF_Chat: Are you ready to discuss how Weres, Vamps and other UF creatures could be helpful in a disaster? #UFchat Today 1 hour
10:30 pm shadowflame1974: #UFchat 30 minutes to go time! Disasters! Rescues! Can UF characters help?
10:38 pm leapetra: RT @UF_Chat: Are you ready to discuss how Weres, Vamps and other UF creatures could be helpful in a disaster? #ufchat
10:42 pm jolantru: RT @leapetra: RT @UF_Chat: Are you ready to discuss how Weres, Vamps and other UF creatures could be helpful in a disaster? #ufchat
10:45 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat today: Japan’s disaster, how you can help as a writer & artist and thinking outside the box in times of emergency. 3pmPST/6pmEST
10:45 pm inkgypsy: #UFchat today: Japan’s disaster, how you can help as a writer & artist and thinking outside the box in times of emergency. 3pmPST/6pmEST
10:46 pm UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat earlybirds: Re writing UF/sci-fi/fantasy based on real disasters -Writing Hurricane Katrina: http://bit.ly/a4fdIh #UFchat
10:46 pm inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat earlybirds: Re writing UF/sci-fi/fantasy based on real disasters -Writing Hurricane Katrina: http://bit.ly/a4fdIh #UFchat
10:49 pm UF_Chat: For those concerned today’s #UFchat we are focusing on how to HELP in times of real emergency (eg. NOW!), using creative thinking & writing.
10:49 pm inkgypsy: For those concerned today’s #UFchat we are focusing on how to HELP in times of real emergency (eg. NOW!), using creative thinking & writing.
10:50 pm UF_Chat: Got lost in #UFchat last time thx to #tweetchatfail? Alts: use Tweetdeck & add #UFchat column or online: Twitter Search http://bit.ly/eSSP2F
10:51 pm johanncarlisle: RT @UF_Chat: For those concerned today’s #UFchat we are focusing on how to HELP in times of real emergency (eg. NOW!), using creative thinking & writing.
10:52 pm MarciSischo: Hello! Missed chatting with you guys! #UFChat
10:52 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy http://dellasays.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/authors-for-japan-can-you-help/ I am donating a couple of books #ufchat
10:52 pm UF_Chat: Tweetchat appears to be keeping up as of this posting – yay! #UFchat
10:53 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra Excellent thank you! RT-ing #UFchat
10:53 pm MarciSischo: I used tweetchat last week to do a livetweet, and it held up all right. I’m crossing my fingers. πŸ˜€ #UFChat
10:53 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy Authors for Japan – can you help? http://bit.ly/gbcYHx < shorter link #ufchat
10:54 pm UF_Chat: How authors can help Japan NOW. Authors for Japan: RT @leapetra: http://bit.ly/f4rpHH I am donating a couple of books #ufchat
10:54 pm inkgypsy: How authors can help Japan NOW. Authors for Japan: RT @leapetra: http://bit.ly/f4rpHH I am donating a couple of books #ufchat
10:54 pm inkgypsy: @MarciSischo Great! It’s the first time in about 2 months I’ve seen it be current – I love it when Tweetchat works. πŸ™‚ #UFchat
10:55 pm MarciSischo: @inkgypsy It makes keeping up with the convo a whole lot easier, that’s for sure. #UFChat
10:56 pm inkgypsy: OK I’m putting on all my emergency gear and all-weather boots to helm the help coming from #UFchat today!
10:56 pm Tiger_Gray: It always works for me when I do #litchat #UFChat
10:57 pm UF_Chat: Looking forward to seeing creativity put to use and coming up with ways to help today in #UFchat– get those weres & vamps working with us!
10:57 pm inkgypsy: Looking forward to seeing creativity put to use and coming up with ways to help today in #UFchat– get those weres & vamps working with us!
10:58 pm leapetra: Worked good for #mythbeasts on Tuesday. Saturdays it must get overwhelmed sometimes. #ufchat
10:58 pm MarciSischo: Weres would make the best disaster dogs EVAR. #UFChat
10:58 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat weres = body sniffing dogs. #ufchat
10:58 pm MarciSischo: Imagine having those noses to help find victims in rubble? #UFChat
10:59 pm crazy_legz: LOL!!! Ditto! and stop looters and crowd management also! RT @MarciSischo: Weres would make the best disaster dogs EVAR. #UFChat
10:59 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: #UFchat today: Japan’s disaster, how you can help as a writer & artist and thinking outside the box in times of emergency. 3pmPST/6pmEST
11:00 pm UF_Chat: @MarciSischo Agreed! I think @Jess_Haines used weres to do exactly that in her post 9/11 NY world. Was great to see that! #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: 3, 2, 1… & now we?re live with #UFchat, sending our prayers & thoughts to all those in Japan & those giving aid.
11:00 pm UF_Chat: Today I?ve ditched planned topic & instead am focused like rest of the world on the disasters happening in Japan right now. #UFchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: Reminder: ?S? stands for statement which will be followed by a ?Q? (a related #UFchat question for discussion).
11:01 pm leapetra: @MarciSischo great minds think alike. #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Note: If you are aware of awesome charity places or relief efforts you want to highlight during this chat please go ahead & tweet! #UFchat
11:01 pm MarciSischo: @UF_Chat Charlaine Harris had her two telepaths help out in that building explosion, finding survivors. #UFChat
11:01 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat: Looking forward to seeing creativity put to use and coming up with ways to help today in #UFchat– get those weres & vamps working with us!
11:01 pm leapetra: switching comps. BRB #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: #UFchat doc: Supernatural Rescue & Defense – March 12, 2011 (after Japan?s 8.9 earthquake & tsunami the day before)
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Thru history sci-fi & fantasy writers predicted technological/medical breakthroughs by sideways thinking. #UFchat
11:01 pm MarciSischo: @UF_Chat Book 5 or 6 of the Southern Vampire Mysteries? #UFChat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Let?s see how we as UF writers & readers might help in this time of great need. 1) Think on Japan?s disasters right now. (cont) #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: (cont) 2) Now imagine UF beings in the midst – not just as victims but particularly as a resource for aid and rescue. #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Today in #UFchat an open discussion on: Supernatural Rescue & Defense during natural disasters – how could we help?
11:02 pm MarciSischo: Text 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross disaster relief efforts. The charge goes on your phone bill. #UFChat
11:02 pm inkgypsy: RT @MarciSischo: Text 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross disaster relief efforts. The charge goes on your phone bill. #UFChat
11:02 pm crazy_legz: @UF_Chat Teleporter would be invaluable! Think #Push #UFchat
11:03 pm UF_Chat: @crazy_legz OMG that would be invaluable! (re teleporter) #UFchat
11:03 pm MarciSischo: Oops- Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10. πŸ˜› #UFChat
11:03 pm UF_Chat: RT @MarciSischo: Oops- Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10. πŸ˜› #UFChat
11:04 pm StephanieLMcGee: My supernaturals wouldn’t be any help. They can’t touch humans. #UFChat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: 1) First of all, let?s concentrate on what?s needed specifically for Japan NOW that donated funds will help with: (eg fresh water) #UFchat
11:04 pm inkgypsy: @StephanieLMcGee Sure they could help – physical contact isn’t required to help – otherwise we couldn’t from here either, right? πŸ˜‰ #UFchat
11:06 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat Sorry I’m late! Yes, that’s right. @UF_Chat @MarciSischo
11:06 pm UF_Chat: Anyone? How about funds will help get: water purifiers, food, medical supplies, shelters, communication systems… #UFchat
11:06 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 1) my leshy could help with the basics, water, food, shelter. Anything needed at a survival level #ufchat
11:06 pm UF_Chat: S: For prompts see these pics taken Thursday night/Fri re Earthquake & tsunami in Japan (Alan Taylor photos) http://bit.ly/iestmP #UFchat
11:07 pm leapetra: 1) Also three of my vampires have access to money. One owns a medical company, he would be there. #ufchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra I’m thinking any household supes could help – domovois, brownies etc but they’d also need help too. #UFchat
11:07 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat the vampire Fixers in my Lawson universe would be a natural help to the folks of Japan. And given Lawson
11:07 pm UF_Chat: 1a) There are obvious physical needs but more than that too – what other needs do disaster victims have? #UFchat
11:08 pm Tiger_Gray: Sorry I guess I just feel like it’s too soon for this discussion. Have a hard time putting it together with fantasy atm. #UFChat
11:08 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat Lawson’s affinity for Japan and his past ninjutsu training, he’d be over there right away
11:08 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat Also, if you have ALREADY DONATED or PLAN ON DONATING, please tell me here: http://bit.ly/fZhcqH Doing a dono match game!
11:08 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat The leshy’s payment would be easy. in Japan he would take some Saki for thanks #ufchat
11:08 pm jonfmerz: @leapetra #ufchat you maean “sake.”
11:08 pm UF_Chat: @StephanieLMcGee Weather control is important – hold off the rain until areas cleared, reduce tides, blow radioactive steam away #UFchat
11:09 pm leapetra: @Tiger_Gray actually I have thought about this similar thing before. Why my one vamp did not hunt in Leningrad in WWII #ufchat
11:09 pm jonfmerz: @Tiger_Gray #ufchat agreed to some extent. I’m still trying to contact some of my friends over there, so this is tough, but good
11:09 pm leapetra: @jonfmerz yeah thats it #ufchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: 1b) What are the ways in which we -mortal humans- can help? Both on site and from a distance? AND what ‘xtra’ powers wold be useful? #UFchat
11:10 pm BeritEllingsen: @leapetra But would your vampires be interested in helping humans? #ufchat
11:10 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat getting trained as a first responder is always a good thing; I can’t tell you how amny times it’s helped in my own real world exper
11:10 pm Tiger_Gray: @leapetra It is totally a worthwhile topic, don’t get me wrong. am all about realism and fantasy together. #UFChat
11:11 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat being able to help triage wounded, do search & rescue, and other skills are always good for average citizens to have
11:11 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 1b I have offered to send my books to an auction. Money is tight for me right now, but i can do that. #ufchat
11:11 pm leapetra: @BeritEllingsen depends on the vampire and situation. ie Leningrad it was his patriotic duty not to hunt the siege victims. #ufchat
11:12 pm MarciSischo: My universe suffers from a low “good-guy” quotient. I have a suspicion many of my characters couldn’t be bothered to help. #UFChat
11:12 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat 1b – From afar, donate money and resources like food and water. In person? Help clean up the mess, help rebuild, assist the docs who
11:12 pm UF_Chat: @jonfmerz When in Animal Care in Australia learned no one could graduate w/out a first aid & CPR certificate. Xlnt idea! #UFchat
11:12 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat are no doubt overwhelmed with patients who are injured and in need of assistance, etc.
11:13 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat that training also helps reduce the level of panic in the populace when more people are trained to respond properly in…
11:13 pm UF_Chat: REPOSTING: 1a) There are obvious physical needs but more than than too – what OTHER needs do disaster victims have? #UFchat
11:13 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat emergency situations rather than simply running around in wild hysteria
11:13 pm StephanieLMcGee: @WeegZilla They’re not that kind of supernatural though. Sigh. Mine really wouldn’t be any help. #UFChat
11:13 pm WeegZilla: supernaturals ghosts/spirits could help in a sudden disaster with so many dead means alot of unfinished business to take care off. #ufchat
11:14 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 1a mental help. Shock affects everyone differently #ufchat
11:14 pm UF_Chat: Immediately to mind are ways to reach/communicate w loved ones, having someone as a leader to look to… #UFchat
11:14 pm crazy_legz: @UF_Chat I’m broke BUT I can do a healing net with all my spiritual buddies and familiars to send energy to those that need it #UFchat
11:14 pm jonfmerz: @a_silent_song #ufchat so true! my wife gave herself a very bad cut the other night and I had to treat it. I’m always thankful for training
11:14 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 1a some vamps can control the minds, calming people down. #ufchat
11:14 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat 1a – Many of them suffer losses of personal belongings, homes, and even family or friends. A lot of the victims will need the
11:14 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Yes – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder very real – how to minimize effects has to be handled immediately. #UFchat
11:15 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat If you can’t have twitter, a telepath would be awesome #ufchat
11:15 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat sympathetic ear of a counselor or a minister to help them through the losses.
11:15 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines So place that’s ‘theirs’ – a box, a sleeping ‘place’ tho temporary may help some… #UFchat
11:16 pm KateNicNiven: And I AM, dear. RT @leapetra: @UF_Chat If you can’t have twitter, a telepath would be awesome #ufchat
11:16 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat I’m wondering if the dojo I study at when in japan is going to be there when I return. I was supposed to be over there now, actually
11:16 pm leapetra: my berserk would be good to a point. If he got too stressed himself, he would make the situation worse #ufchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Also showing how they can help can helpl them too – not feel useless – is awful feeling – you all problem no solution #UFchat
11:16 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy Right, exactly. #UFchat
11:17 pm inkgypsy: @jonfmerz We are glad you are not! Hoping people you know & love are safe. #UFchat
11:17 pm leapetra: @jonfmerz Any news on it at all? #ufchat
11:17 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat glad the trip got canceled
11:17 pm UF_Chat: 1c) How could a UF community help in times of disaster (like now)? #UFchat
11:17 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Yes. Sometimes what they need more than anything is to be kept busy so they can’t fall into deep depression/shock. #UFchat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Would you mind sharing how you had your supes help during 9/11 in your novel premise? (more discussion later too) #UFchat
11:19 pm leapetra: 1c) How authors can help Japan NOW. Authors for Japan: http://bit.ly/f4rpHH <great idea for writers #ufchat
11:19 pm crazy_legz: @UF_Chat 1c) well theres my group of teleporters lol! I’m off! Just wrecked! Hope everyone is ok and much love to everyone in Jap. #UFchat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: 2) Disasters BY creatures easy to imagine but what if creatures caught in disaster like Japan-how might they react by creature type? #UFchat
11:20 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Sure. The premise for how supernaturals “came out of the closet” in my book, HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, is that they felt #UFchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: @crazy_legz Wishing us all teleporters in times of emergency! Thanks for dropping by! #UFchat
11:20 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat there would be no better time to reveal themselves than the fall of the Twin Towers during 9/11. One of the werewolf packs #UFchat
11:21 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 2. I have been waiting for the godzilla reference, but its too soon. #ufchat
11:21 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat in New York used it as a way to help, and in a way that they would show they are useful and not to be feared by humanity. #UFchat
11:22 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra I wanted to keep away from that today in general & be sensitive as still happening, want to concentrate on helping. #UFchat
11:22 pm StephanieLMcGee: Gotta bow out of the #UFChat. People coming for dinner. Time to prep.
11:22 pm shadowflame1974: I think the varied talents and the survival skills of most UF characters would be useful #UFchat
11:22 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat I was a volunteer minister on site at Ground Zero. It was my way of paying tribute, weird as that sounds. #UFchat
11:22 pm QQwill: Hi. Just able to log on. What is the topic. #ufchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines, how were your weres & vamps ADVERSELY affected by the twin towers falling? They helped but were they also hurt? #UFchat
11:23 pm shadowflame1974: and I agree Were’s would be awesomely useful right now. #UFchat
11:23 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Nope – sounds excellent actually. You have my respect & thanks on behalf of the people who couldn’t say it at the time. #UFchat
11:23 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines were you influenced at all by some of the political cartoons that came out afterwards. (1/2) #ufchat
11:24 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines One I remember is a child yelling at Superman “Where were you?” #ufchat
11:24 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat I didn’t explore that aspect deeply in the books. Background, yes (personal/financial losses). In the actual books, no. #UFchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: @QQwill Looking at Japan’s disaster – how we can help by thinking outside box. How supernaturals could help if existed. Focus on aid #UFchat
11:25 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy It’s not an easy subject to talk about. #UFchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: Already mentioned household creatures may be both very helpful during emergency but also very hurt. What about other creatures? #UFchat
11:25 pm shadowflame1974: also shape changers. Someone who could turn into a small dog or cat could go into places humans couldn’t #UFchat
11:25 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat Sorry I’m late!
11:26 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra To be frank, I hate reading newspapers or political cartoons, because there is so much finger-pointing and bad news #UFchat
11:26 pm QQwill: @UF_Chat I think the best way to help immediately is to donate to organizations that know how to respond to emergencies like this. #UFChat
11:26 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines No, it’s not but I think we need to – with respect, & with aim of helping in the NOW & preparing for the future. #UFchat
11:26 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra instead of people sucking it up and DOING something about the problem. #UFchat
11:26 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Very much appreciate how you handled it in Hunted by the Others. #UFchat
11:26 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat United way puts over 90% of donations right into the hands of those who need it.
11:26 pm shadowflame1974: I think Vamps, or other undead could be useful in the reactors. They wouldn’t suffer from the radioactive fallout. #UFchat
11:27 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat it’s fortunate that japan has long been at the forefront of engineering with an eye toward surviving quakes
11:27 pm jonfmerz: #ufchat could have much much worse
11:27 pm inkgypsy: @jonfmerz Very much agreed – also been at forefront with nuclear tech & emergency systems too. #UFchat
11:27 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra Superman won’t always be there. We need to be our own Superman if we’re going to make changes in this world. #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: RT @shadowflame1974: I think Vamps, or other undead could be useful in the reactors. They wouldn’t suffer from the radioactive fallout. #UFchat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: S: Let?s assume UF creatures caught in Japan disaster with humans concentrate on commonality with humans & survival. #UFchat
11:28 pm shadowflame1974: @jonfmerz definitely. #UFChat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: 3) What might be some ways in which supernaturals could help their fellow human victims? #UFchat
11:28 pm jonfmerz: @inkgypsy #ufchat thank god for that!
11:28 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines good point, happens all the time #ufchat
11:28 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy Thank you. It was never my intention to treat it as something offhand or not to be looked back upon without sorrow or any #UFchat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: 3a) What are some ways supernaturals might find themselves needing help/at a disadvantage in different ways than humans? #UFchat
11:28 pm QQwill: @UF_Chat They are stronger in general. Could help get people out while waiting for assistance. #UFchat
11:29 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat well the vamps in my Lawson universe are pretty much intermingled with humans anyway, so they’d be right there alongside em
11:29 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy sense of regret. I lost family in one of those towers. Believe me, I’m the last person who will ever look at it as an #UFchat
11:29 pm shadowflame1974: Could magic be tied in to some of the generators to help save electricity? #UFchat
11:29 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy unimportant or inconsequential event. #UFchat
11:29 pm QQwill: @UF_Chat If the vampires go poof in the sun, then they would need to find new shelter if their homes were destroyed. #UFchat
11:29 pm UF_Chat: One of things I’m heading toward today is to find the strengths we have just as humans – the very small can still be powerful help! #UFchat
11:29 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat I think their needs would be pretty similar – the need for blood as well, so hopefully donors would be brought in
11:30 pm scootercarlyle: @jonfmerz Nevermind, you answered my question. #UFChat
11:30 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Oh I’m so sorry! I didn’t realize you lost family too. my sincere sympathy. Your books just went to a whole diff level. #UFchat
11:30 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat can humans afford to lose blood after a disaster to support vamps?
11:30 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra Exactly. In less spectacular fashion, I make a jab at this in book 2, when people stand by and watch as the MC is #UFchat
11:31 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra kidnapped in broad daylight. Nobody does anything to stop or help. #UFchat
11:31 pm inkgypsy: @scootercarlyle Maybe it would be interesting to see if vamps could help the transfusion processes needed too. #UFchat
11:31 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat Most of the time hospitals are clamoring for blood for emergency surgeries.
11:31 pm leapetra: @scootercarlyle depends on the vampire. They might know were good supplies are at. #ufchat
11:32 pm scootercarlyle: @inkgypsy #UFchat. True. CHarlaine Harris’s vamps definitely could help. They could imbue the wounded with super poweres.
11:32 pm UF_Chat: S: Author Jess Haines @Jess_Haines (Hi!) has disaster of 9/11 as catalyst for supes ?coming out? when provide special relief efforts #UFchat
11:32 pm shadowflame1974: Yes but a pint of blood to keep a vamp going is a lot less than the food needed for a rescue worker #UFchat
11:32 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy It’s OK. Don’t take my stories to be super serious political/social commentaries. Never meant for them to be taken like #UFchat
11:33 pm UF_Chat: S: Note: @Jess_Haines has pledged to donate funds to match those helping as much as she can. To help: http://bit.ly/fds69v #UFchat
11:33 pm UF_Chat: 4) Where could you see supes using special abilities in disaster relief for Japan? #UFchat
11:33 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy that. And the loss is long past. I’m all right now. πŸ™‚ And it had no bearing on why I went to NY as a minister. #UFchat
11:33 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines recently had a friend go off on a bystander that complained about a woman having a seizure. some ppl rise up. #ufchat
11:33 pm oldbookwormcb: RT @UF_Chat: S: Note: @Jess_Haines has pledged to donate funds to match those helping as much as she can. To help: http://bit.ly/fds69v #UFchat
11:33 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat Werewolves could sniff out the wounded in the rubble.
11:34 pm shadowflame1974: Those with magical abilities could purify water, help others keep warm, etc Little bits of magic goes a long way sometimes #ufchat
11:34 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines These are long overdue: *HUGS!* #UFChat You get more awesome the more I get to know you woman! *another hug* #UFchat
11:34 pm scootercarlyle: @leapetra #UFChat I once called an ambulance for a Native American having a seizure. Bystanders actually stepped over him.
11:34 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 4. think of the creatures native to Japan. Some of the elemental forces. Some could have faced down the waves. #ufchat
11:35 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra Oh, I’m not saying people never help. We wouldn’t have organizations like Red Cross, Doctors w/o Borders, etc, if that was #UFchat
11:35 pm scootercarlyle: @leapetra #UFchat The Japanese see demons as supernatural creatures instead of evil incarnate.
11:35 pm Ramenth: #UFChat sorry I’m a little late to this. It’s an interesting idea but I think it would be hard to handle well in an established series (cont
11:35 pm Ramenth: #UFChat without starting to feel like a “Very Special Episode”.
11:36 pm inkgypsy: @leapetra This is where I think it’s good to brainstorm – if creature ‘x’ could do ‘y’ is there = in nature? Could we make tech? #UFchat
11:36 pm GraylinFox: RT @UF_Chat 3) What might be some ways in which supernaturals could help their fellow human victims? #UFchat
11:36 pm scootercarlyle: #leapetra #UFchat There could definitely be some potential there for water and earth demons.
11:36 pm UF_Chat: 4a) Assume acceptance (if just for now) of emerging supes helping Japanese today. What might be GOOD headlines UF creatures create? #UFchat
11:36 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra the case. I just wish that more people would PARTICIPATE to make a better world, like what I saw in NY. There were so many #UFchat
11:36 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy I think some researchers do that. #ufchat
11:37 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra people who came from all over the world–I met people from US, South America, Germany, Austrailia–and all they wanted was #UFchat
11:37 pm scootercarlyle: @UF_Chat #UFchat “Water Demons Seen Clamoring to Push Back the Waves”
11:37 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Have you seen NOVA special on smart machines? They’re doing exactly that – it feels like a UF story to watch – seriously! #UFchat
11:37 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 4a my vamp Ogden, would send his company over, offer med supplies for free. #ufchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: S: Aid & defense isn?t necessarily all about power & special abilities. Sometimes creativity with avail resources works best. (cont) #UFchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: (cont) ?Illusioneering? is made-up term applied to Disney artists who helped camouflage areas incl Boeing facilities in 1940s (cont) #UFchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: (cont) & English magicians help create decoys to fool Nazis. Scroll down past ballroom to see illusions at work http://bit.ly/guOTcU #UFchat
11:38 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat 4a I don’t mean just bandages. medical machines as well. #ufchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: Yes this is real history folks! #UFchat
11:38 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat loved that special!
11:39 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra Parenthood losing federal funding, etc. It’s important to remember that it’s not just the spectacular events that merit #UFchat
11:39 pm UF_Chat: 5) How might non-traditional fields help in disaster relief or defense re natural disasters? (eg artists, magicians, film makers) #UFchat
11:39 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra attention and our assistance. #UFchat
11:39 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy *hugs* Thank you, darlin’. πŸ™‚ I do what I can with what resources I have. #UFchat
11:40 pm inkgypsy: @jonfmerz I DVR’d – they just skimmed surface of research happening. Want to see if any applicable in disaster relief! #UFchat
11:40 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines If only more did (is why I wanted to talk about this today) #UFchat
11:40 pm scootercarlyle: @UF_Chat #UFchat Filmmakers are important as they remind the public that help is still needed months after disasters.
11:41 pm UF_Chat: @scootercarlyle Also – can you imagine when communication down how large projected film would help? Distraction & instruction! #UFchat
11:41 pm scootercarlyle: @UF_Chat #UFchat Sweet!
11:41 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat some artists bring attention to events that get lost in the media. #ufchat
11:42 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Musicians are excellent at this. More musicians on site would help too I think – multi reasons. #UFchat
11:42 pm scootercarlyle: #UFChat Art is necessary for healing. I forget who, but a music teacher pointed out all of the spontaneous co? (cont) http://deck.ly/~4bN9i
11:43 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy @leapetra You don’t have to be overwhelmed or feel like there’s nothing you can do. If you aren’t sure, donate to charity #UFchat
11:43 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat I already seen one of my fav bands using their forum for their Japanese fans to connect. #ufchat
11:43 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy @leapetra at the least. Check with your local library or shelters if they need help. See what gov’t programs you would #UFchat
11:44 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Agreed – & if you can’t help those OS that way then looking to your own preparations in case of future will help too. #UFchat
11:44 pm scootercarlyle: #UFChat Sorry. Spontaneous concerts popped up after 9/11. The arts help us process trauma.
11:44 pm HollyIMerriday: @scootercarlyle @leapetra One of my characters is a merman. Disasters involving water a specialty. #UFChat
11:44 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy @leapetra want to support and become a part of them. Organize your neighbors to clean up graffiti and trash in your town. #UFchat
11:45 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra @inkgypsy There’s no limit to ways you can help. #UFchat
11:45 pm scootercarlyle: @HollyIMerriday Awesome. My characters don’t count as supernatural, I don’t think. #UFchat
11:45 pm UF_Chat: Remember many kids caught in disaster too – this is where storytellers are needed to help these kids cope/express/communicate #UFchat
11:46 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat. I teach music, and I have a student whose family suffered a murder.
11:46 pm scootercarlyle: The mother did not allow the children to grieve. None of the kids have been the same since. #UFchat
11:46 pm inkgypsy: @HollyIMerriday Can you imagine a world mer-co-op to help deal with a tsunami disaster? May not be too far fetched – divers needed! #UFchat
11:46 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat Kids need so much help after terrifying events.
11:47 pm UF_Chat: @scootercarlyle Oh that’s horrific. 😦 You must be such a gift for those kids to help their expression. #UFchat
11:47 pm UF_Chat: S: Writers have been shown to have an influence on world problem solving. Imagine you are consulted for ideas on how to help. #UFChat
11:48 pm UF_Chat: 6) What are your suggestions to world leaders for a) improving disaster relief/rescue efforts & b) prevention of future disasters? #UFChat
11:48 pm scootercarlyle: @UF_Chat #UFChat One of them just broke another kid’s bone during music the other day. He needs prayers, for sure.
11:48 pm UF_Chat: Please focus on help not blame – go from where we our now re the last question. We can’t change the past. #UFchat
11:48 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat one thing would the implementation of an early warning system for California & other areas like they have in Japan
11:49 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat Prevention is nearly impossible as long as humans inhabit disaster-prone areas.
11:49 pm Ramenth: @jonfmerz #ufchat we have one of those, at least in NorCal.
11:49 pm UF_Chat: @jonfmerz Agreed! Maybe a dedicated media station too -non-profit, non-advertiser influenced to help spread facts & warnings etc too #UFchat
11:50 pm Jess_Haines: This! RT @UF_Chat: Please focus on help not blame – go from where we our now re the last question. We can’t change the past. #UFchat
11:50 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat Perhaps some of the supernaturals could help humans relocate.
11:51 pm leapetra: 6) I think social media has stepped it up with a lot the governments used to do. especially with info #ufchat
11:51 pm jonfmerz: @Ramenth SoCal definitely needs one! #ufchat
11:51 pm UF_Chat: Did anyone hear about the northern ports on West US coast? Got destroyed by just a 8 ft swell. Not even a tsunami-proper. #UFchat
11:52 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra yay social media! Yes – Twitter has become a force for good (mostly) in emergencies now! #UFchat
11:52 pm shadowflame1974: @leapetra yes I agree there was a lot of information shared imediately #UFchat
11:53 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat I’m more worried about the problems with the nuclear power plant that was damaged in the Japan tsunami. #UFchat
11:53 pm scootercarlyle: @Jess_Haines #UFChat. No joke. That’s scary as hell.
11:54 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Found this yesterday: http://bit.ly/gDvyC7 It’s a helpful summary of the nuclear issue there at present. #UFchat
11:54 pm Jess_Haines: @scootercarlyle Seriously. Did you hear about the explosion earlier today? #UFchat
11:54 pm shadowflame1974: @Jess_Haines: could we send in a bunch of mind controlled zombies to work on the generators? #UFchat
11:54 pm UF_Chat: FINAL 7) What are the ways in which you are aware of that average person can give aid (if you have links, please share)? #UFchat
11:54 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat I’m asking because I don’t know, but will the earthquake affect food production? Japan doesn’t have much arable land.
11:54 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines so am I, the second is critical. #ufchat
11:54 pm Jess_Haines: @scootercarlyle Last article I saw they had evac’d within a 12 1/2 mile radius of the power plant. #UFchat
11:55 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat They import most of their food, and I don’t know if their fields were inundated with sea water. Salt’s not good for growing things.
11:55 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines That scared me. It had to do with the cooling pumps. Which really scares me #ufchat
11:55 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat Sorry, I’m a farmer/rancher’s daughter.
11:55 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat Red cross is the first place I call. #ufchat
11:56 pm QQwill: @UF_Chat Red Cross has set up a way to donate directly to Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami http://bit.ly/esmn4h #UFChat
11:56 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat I’ve got to get going, but I’d just like to thank you for putting this very important topic out there today.
11:56 pm shadowflame1974: @scootercarlyle a lot of the farmland on the coast and along the rivers were inundated in the prefict. #UFchat
11:56 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat RE: 7 — Red Cross, Doctors w/o Borders, forget the name of it but there is one that helps animals let homeless after #UFchat
11:56 pm inkgypsy: @scootercarlyle Good news I guess is Tokyo was mostly unharmed so coordination of business & exports/imports still OK #UFchat
11:57 pm jonfmerz: @UF_Chat #ufchat events like this remind us all of the frailty of life and the enduring strength of human spirit – we are all connected
11:57 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat disasters, etc. Also support your church because many often send missions to assist in disasters. #UFchat
11:57 pm inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines I’ve been trying to think of that one too – people need their animals at times like this too – veyr much so actually. #UFchat
11:58 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat @shadowflame1974 Good thing the US has bumper crops this last year. The Japanese already import a great deal of beef from us, too.
11:58 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat If you are in US, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross. Goes onto your cell phone bill.
11:58 pm Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy Right. People first, but there are animals affected, too. #UFchat
11:59 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra There was a great article that explained how it works and what to expect in worst case scenario. One sec, will see if I #UFchat
11:59 pm scootercarlyle: #UFchat I probably won’t see you guys next week. I’ll be out at the farm, but have a good week.
11:59 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra can find it. #UFchat
11:59 pm QQwill: Shelterbox provides emergency shelter: http://bit.ly/dVs6yY You can not designate to which disaster it goes. #UFchat
11:59 pm inkgypsy: @scootercarlyle I hope will help 1st & eye profit margins later. I hate this greed thing – it complicates/worsens everything. 😦 #UFchat
March 13, 2011
UF_Chat: Want to help but don?t know how? American Red Cross are world pros 4 disaster relief & across all borders: http://www.redcross.org/ #UFchat
shadowflame1974: @inkgypsy yes but Tokyo gets power from there. 😦 #UFchat
scootercarlyle: @UF_Chat #UFchat. @inkgypsy Crop prices fell sharply right after Dad sold his harvest. The lower prices may help get food over there.
12:01 am inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Sorry – meant people need their animals to cope – often make diff between coping & not, pulling through & PTSD or not. #UFchat
12:01 am leapetra: @QQwill The auction I am donating to, is giving the funds to them #ufchat
12:01 am inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 Yes but 30% only I read (still a LOT but can still function with their back-ups for now) #UFchat
12:01 am scootercarlyle: #UFchat See you all later. I have to clean the office.
12:01 am Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy Ah, I gotcha. #UFchat
12:02 am leapetra: I can’t find the pet rescue either. I found the FEMA page on how to prepare your pets for a disaster, #ufchat
12:02 am jonfmerz: #ufchat take care all – remember to hug your loved ones tonight and tell them you love them. A lot of Japanese can no longer do even that.
12:03 am QQwill: Mercy Corps via its partner Peace Winds is helping quake victims. You can donate directly to Japan relief. http://bit.ly/gt4BO8 #UFChat
12:03 am inkgypsy: @Jess_Haines Is it the WSPA thatdoes emergency animal rescue/relief/owner reuniting? #UFchat
12:04 am QQwill: A good place to check out charites and how well they do is Charity Navigator: http://bit.ly/ibNClI #UFChat
12:04 am UF_Chat: @jonfmerz Yes – and we can all help if we all try to – even little ways combined help a lot. #UFChat We need each other.
12:04 am Jess_Haines: @inkgypsy That’s one, but wasn’t t one I was thinking of. #UFchat
12:04 am shadowflame1974: is this the link to animal rescue? http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=27 #ufchat
12:05 am UF_Chat: Didn’t talk much about writing & storylines this week for obvious reasons but if interested in exploring use of disasters in UF… #UFchat
12:05 am UF_Chat: Regarding writing UF and sci-fi or fantasy based on real life disasters – Writing Hurricane Katrina: http://bit.ly/a4fdIh #UFchat
12:07 am UF_Chat: Writing REAL disasters in UF isn’t as common as you might think – reality is tough & people worry (correctly) about disrespect. #UFchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: Doesn’t mean can’t but is tough topic. UF could do it though – we handle violence against women/kids & help. Can help here too. #UFchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: That?s a wrap for #UFchat. Thanks for participating. Be safe & remember to help where you can -even small things can make big differences.
12:08 am inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 That might be the one! #UFchat
12:10 am UF_Chat: Emergency Animal Rescue Service – EARS People need their animals now more than ever RT @shadowflame1974: http://bit.ly/17DGtk #ufchat
12:11 am itsShanisej: RT @Jess_Haines: #UFchat If you are in US, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross. Goes onto your cell phone bill.
12:13 am Jess_Haines: #UFchat Frig. My computer isn’t loading the page, but I think this was the one that had the info on what’s happening with the nuclear
12:13 am UF_Chat: Again – Authors for Japan – can you help? http://bit.ly/f4rpHH #UFchat
12:14 am Jess_Haines: #UFchat power plant and how they’re trying to fix it. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/11/AR2011031103673.html
12:18 am Jess_Haines: #UFchat One last reminder-I am MATCHING your donations to Japan up to $350! Details here: http://bit.ly/fZhcqH Please donate, stop by, & RT!
12:18 am UF_Chat: RT @Jess_Haines: #UFchat One last reminder-I am MATCHING your donations to Japan up to $350! Details here: http://bit.ly/fZhcqH Please donate, stop by, & RT!
12:18 am inkgypsy: RT @Jess_Haines: #UFchat One last reminder-I am MATCHING your donations to Japan up to $350! Details here: http://bit.ly/fZhcqH Please donate, stop by, & RT!
12:19 am QQwill: RT @Jess_Haines: #UFchat One last reminder-I am MATCHING your donations to Japan up to $350! Details here: http://bit.ly/fZhcqH Please donate, stop by, & RT!
12:21 am shadowflame1974: RT @Jess_Haines: #UFchat One last reminder-I am MATCHING your donations to Japan up to $350! Details here: http://bit.ly/fZhcqH Please donate, stop by, & RT!
12:22 am RebeccaTLittle: RT @Jess_Haines: #UFchat One last reminder-I am MATCHING your donations to Japan up to $350! Details here: http://bit.ly/fZhcqH Please donate, stop by, & RT!
12:29 am Jess_Haines: #UFchat Thanks for all the RTs, guys. πŸ™‚
12:29 am janetsfox: RT @jonfmerz: #ufchat take care all – remember to hug your loved ones tonight and tell them you love them. A lot of Japanese can no longer do even that.

Late comment from @AnassaRh: Have had one idea for supernatural disaster relief: vamps and weres could “save lives” by turning people. #ufchat

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