I’ve got a brief update for you on Haiti.
The situation is dire. Hundreds of thousands of people are feared dead. Government offices, including the Presidential Palace, have collapsed. Hospitals and the local Red Cross office have
We’re sending a team of trained Red Cross responders to support our local staff and the Haitian Red Cross volunteers already providing food, water, and medical treatment to survivors. We pledged $200,000 from our International Response Fund in relief services yesterday, and increased our commitment this morning to $1 million thanks to your advance generosity.
Additional help will be needed. To support our International Response Fund and help victims of disasters like the earthquake in Haiti, please click here:
Matthew Marek, who runs our office in Haiti, managed to relay the following details to us last night using Skype, an online messaging service:
some neighborhoods are completely flat. major individual home damage. no telephone
i’ve seen untreatable issues. bones broken and exposed. lacerations of all kinds
medical attention is needed all throughout the capital. people are scared and gathered in the streets
there is really no place to go in many of these neighborhoods
the dust from the collapse is still lingering in the air.
If you can, please contribute to our International Response Fund today. If you already donated, please share this email with a friend. Your donation will help provide immediate relief and long-term support to victims of disasters like the earthquake in Haiti:
The next 48 hours are critical for life-saving operations such as search and rescue and first aid.
Senior Vice President
American Red Cross