Red Cross Relief For Haiti
On January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused widespread damage on the island of Haiti, especially in the capital city of Port au Prince. The American Red Cross has pledged an initial $1,000,000 to assist affected communities and is prepared to take further action as local responders assess the situation. An initial shipment of relief supplies has been sent from its warehouse in Panama, which includes kitchen supplies, mosquito nets, tarps, and other materials to help those who have been made homeless. A disaster management specialist has also been deployed to support Haitian Red Cross relief efforts. At press time, the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross has not been asked to provide any personnel or equipment in response to the disaster. It will continue to monitor the situation and respond to any and all requests for assistance from National Headquarters.
The American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Donors can make payments over the phone or online, or may send checks to the local chapter, designating Haiti Relief to: American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties, 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123. Donors may also text “HAITI” to 90999 and $10 will be given to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts; the charge will appear on the next cell phone bill.
At press time, the Red Cross is utilizing trained volunteers and is not accepting spontaneous volunteers to travel to Haiti. If you would like to volunteer for the American Red Cross, please contact the local chapter. Those trying to locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Haiti should contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 888/407-4747. (858/309-1200, www.sdarc.org)