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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti Assistance Information

Haiti Assistance Information

Many citizens will be looking for ways to provide assistance to the people of Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake that recently occurred. The U.S. Department of State is the lead federal agency for relief efforts and has provided the following (attached) information regarding donations, requests for information and other relief issues. As PEMA receives additional information from our federal, VOAD and NGO partners, we will share this information with you.


U.S. State Department Haiti Relief Information

The State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747 (due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording). Our embassy is still in the early stages of contacting American Citizens through our Warden Network. Communications are very difficult within Haiti at this time.

Private Offers of Assistance for Haiti Relief Efforts
Anyone wishing to donate or provide assistance in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck near Port au Prince on Jan 12, 2010, is asked to contact the Center for International Disaster Information. The Center, operated under a grant from the United States Agency for International Development's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and initial support from IBM, has become a valuable resource to the public, as well as US government agencies, foreign embassies and international corporations. CIDI has established a dedicated page to coordinate Haiti support at:

You can also text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill. Or you can go online to organizations like the Red Cross and Mercy Corps to make a contribution to the disaster relief efforts.

Official U.S. Department of State website. Contains contact information for those looking for family members, as well as donation information.

Official U.S. Department of State blogsite called, “A Disaster in Haiti and How You Can Help”. Contains information on ways to provide assistance.


Anonymous said...

About time this makes the blog!

Especially with all the Tab connections on here!!

Solomon's words for the wise said...

This information was received from Potter County Department of Emergency Services 30 minutes ago.

bethrosler said...

Relief organizations are great, but consider donating through your local church. Most denominations have people and missions in place to help in the needed areas. And in most cases 100% of donated funds are used for relief (not administrative costs).

Anonymous said...

I have to say the hell with them when the hurricanes hit us here in south florida i never seen a person from HAITI here to help us out or give us one red cent. I could be wrong but I don't think so. That is why i will give my money to people that will use it in our country.

Anonymous said...

6:15:00 PM

You are so right!

The USA does and does and does for all these other countries and what do we get in return?

Nada, zilch, nothing!

I am not a heartless person but am darn tired of the USA being every other countries "big brother", we have enough of our own to take care of!

Anonymous said...

6:15: gotta love Potter Counties finest!!!!

What a idiot!!!!

You need a suggest remove button because this comment would definitely fit the bill!

Anonymous said...

The people of Haiti are the poorest of the poor..good incomes are $400 a year. Those remarks are cruel and ignorant.

The strong must protect the weak and if you don't feel that way...God help you.

These are good kind poor people who are born into poverty.

Give a tiny bit if you can.
God bless.

Anonymous said...

With thieves running amuck and a non-government to speak of. They have received millions and possible billions of dollars in the last 17 years, where is it?

Anonymous said...

I'll say it again
"typical Potter County bumpkin"

Anonymous said...

it doesn't matter how the government officials hurt the people. The criminal element is not the issue....the hurt and dying people are the issue. And
God does not forgive us looking the other way. You are the sum total of your mental & spiritual
outlook on life.

Bitter people raise more bitter
children and the cycle of hate becomes a disease.... diss ease.

Cynthia Jones said...

Here is a website you can go to and see what countries offered help after hurricane Katrina hit.

If you read down to the end you will see that President Bush chose not to except most of the money and assistance.

Haiti Helped by sending $50,000, sent aid to Haitian immigrants in the United States and sent their own organizations to rebuild. This is also on the site maybe we should all take a step back and search our souls.

Mr Realistic said...

Congress provided $100 million for hurricane relief and reconstruction assistance for Haiti and other Caribbean countries in the FY 2009 continuing appropriations resolution, signed September 2008.

Haiti received an estimated $287 million in regular appropriations for FY 2009. The FY 2010 request is $292.8 million

I would say that they get enough of our "aid" money without having a disaster...why do they need more? what does their government really do with the annual aid they get?

Anonymous said...

I think maybe you people need to "stop" and research things before you open your mouths on here. Nothing I hate worse than an ill informed idiot. Think before you type, get all the facts and then post your comments, that doesn't seem too hard, does it? Thank you to post 9:31:00 for giving these people something to think about, maybe next time they will search out the truths on their own (but I wouldn't hold my breath) :)

Anonymous said...

For those wondering what Haiti has given us ... an OB/GYN who was actually willing to come to live and serve in Potter County! The new doctor at Charles Cole is from Haiti. When no one else is willing to come deliver babies in this rural area, he was willing. I say thanks!

Anonymous said...

While I truly feel bad for the people of Haiti, I prefer to keep my money and donate when a catastrophe happens here within the U.S. I also found out that for every $10 that is texted in, the banks are keeping 3% of that so not all is going to help the people.

Mr Realistic said...

"When no one else is willing to come deliver babies in this rural area, he was willing."

Obviously you have never heard of Dr. Celso Backus who has been here for decades. We'll see if this Haitian doctor stays in this area or if they get some "experience" and move on like the rest of the foreign doctors.

By the way..poster 10:22...the post that I made previously wasn't just something I came up with, it was a direct excerpt from the foreign aid website stating amounts. So now who is the "ill informed idiot"? Maybe you really should hold your might kill off some of those dormant brain cells that you have.

Anonymous said...

6:31:00 PM Good post, you tell em Mr. Realistic, so tired of these blow hards!

Anonymous said...

MR realistic, when I posted at 10:22 your post wasn't even there, so who's the idiot now? I just cant imagine where compassion has gone these days. Yes, our country is screwed up but compassion for other people should come first. Without compassion what are we????

Anonymous said...

"so who's the idiot now?" Let it go, if his post was not up yet when you posted that was all you needed to say!

"I just cant imagine where compassion has gone these days", I can, down the drain with our over paid politicians that keep making our lives, the working class, unbearable! We work for them to give our tax dollars as hand outs each and every day, that is where the compassion has gone!

Anonymous said...

I love how religious everyone is in PC and on this website, but as soon as someone needs help people get ignorant.....

the ignorant things is being religious.....

just be a good person is the bottom line...

Anonymous said...

12:41! Yes, the bottom line is about being a good person.

Advice for you: Religous or not, it doesn't matter to me and it shouldn't matter to you. The Ignorance of not being religious..the lack of self confidence in your own conviction. ie: calling those religious ignorant! Be good and to each their own!