Here is the latest from the Disaster Newsroom:
The American Red Cross is committing $1 million to aid for the communities in Haiti affected by the earthquake. Initial reports indicate widespread damage in Port au Prince, with aftershocks continuing. As with most earthquakes, we expect to see immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. In the next few days, the American Red Cross expects to release relief supplies from one of its warehouses in Panama for approximately 5,000 families and deploy a disaster management specialist to Haiti.
Red Cross Safe & Well services do not apply to international disasters. If you are concerned about a U.S. citizen living or traveling in another country, you may call the U.S. Department of State at 1-888-407-4747 for assistance. Otherwise, we encourage you to continue to try to reach them via telephone, social networking sites or through a loved one outside the disaster zone. We know that telephone lines are down, so we ask that you remain patient and try again often.
You can help the victims of countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. Donations can be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013, or made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at www.redcross.org. Donors may also text “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be given to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts.