Latest News on Haiti

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 Donors may also text “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be given to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts.


3 responses to “Latest News on Haiti

  1. Harriet Singleton

    I am trained as a mental health redcross diaster relief person. I am somewhat familiar with French. Is there a need for me in Haiti? I would love to go for 2 weeks or so.

    • Hello, Harriet and Marilyn!

      Thank you both for your desire to help. Right now, we are not sending any volunteers from the States and are encouraging those here in our community to give financially at this time in lieu of volunteering or sending material goods. If you would like to talk more with your local chapter (I’m not sure if you’re in the Greater Grand Rapids area or not, if so our website is, I would encourage you to visit and connect with your local Red Cross chapter or donate.

      Thank you so much for your interest and graciousness in wanting to help! Every little bit counts!

  2. Marilyn K. Anderson

    I was a volunteer Red Cross PIO for several years in CA. I now reside in Hawaii. I have a background in Journalism and am somewhat able to get around in French. Is there anything I can do to help besides contribute money and pray, both of which I have done.

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