Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 1, 2005–In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Abracadabra Translations and the American Red Cross are lending a neighborly hand to the South Florida community. At a time when all eyes are turned on the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans as well as Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida panhandle, Abracadabra Translations and the Red Cross are focusing on the needs of the people of South Florida.
The Red Cross is working overtime to provide services to all whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. In the Miami area—where Spanish is the first language of the majority of the residents, and where a large community of Haitians speak Creole and French—Red Cross workers are available to lend assistance, but many times they encounter an additional problem. “The language barrier is often frustrating for those who are still in the process of learning English, but when their homes are flooded, they have lost their possessions, they are plagued by possibly disease-ridden mosquitoes, and they are experiencing electrical failures (leaving them without air conditioning or the ability to cook, do laundry, or even have a cold drink), the language burden can be particularly exasperating,” said Sergio Alcaraz, Manager of Abracadabra Translations.
The need for language services became evident during past emergencies. Several years ago, the Red Cross contacted Abracadabra Translations and together they set up a bank of volunteer interpreters to help the victims communicate their needs effectively.
“It is really our freelance interpreters who have volunteered to provide their services in times of need. All I did was inform them of the opportunity, and they just jumped at it,” said Mr. Alcaraz. “The credit goes to each individual volunteer interpreter and to the Red Cross, who are actually the ones providing the services in the field. Abracadabra’s contribution is merely administrative.”
Victims who do not speak English and who need help from the Red Cross can contact the Language Bank Coordination at 305-644-1200, ext. 281.
About the Red Cross
American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Donations are also being accepted at Coinstar machines at select grocery stores across America. To find the nearest Coinstar machine, visit http://www.coinstar.com. Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting http://www.redcross.org.
About Abracadabra Translations, Inc.
Abracadabra Translations is an agency that provides translation services to and from all languages. Its scope includes press releases, medical documents, legal documents, marketing documents, and technical manuals, among other things. All translations are certified. The company also provides interpretation services in the most popular languages. For more information about Abracadabra Translations, please visit http://www.AbracadabraTR.com or call (954) 885-1744.
American Red Cross
Language Bank Coordination
305-644-1200 ext. 281
Abracadabra Translations, Inc.