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American Red Cross Increases Commitment to Haiti Relief Efforts

In light of the devastation caused in Haiti by a magnitude 7 earthquake that struck near the island nation’s capital on Tuesday, the American Red Cross has increased its commitment from $200,000 to $1 million in initial aid and has made available all of our disaster relief supplies from our warehouse in Panama including tarps, cooking sets and mosquito nets.

Below are additional developments:

  • The American Red Cross also is releasing supplies from our warehouse in Panama that will be able to meet the immediate needs of 5,000 families. Included are tarps, mosquito nets and cooking sets.
  • The American Red Cross is deploying six disaster management specialists to the disaster zone to help coordinate relief. These join the staff we already have on the ground there.
  • Initial estimates are that up to 3 million people may be affected.
  • Government offices, including the Presidential palace, have collapsed. Hospitals and the local Red Cross office have sustained major damage.
  • The American Red Cross has a 15-person office in Haiti focused year-round on HIV/AIDS education and disaster preparedness.
  • We have had limited contact with our staff in Haiti, but do know that they are safe and responding to the survivors’ needs

Ways to donate:

  • Donate by texting: The Red Cross is receiving money through a third party mobile fundraising effort sponsored by Mobile Accord. Mobile donors can text "Haiti" to 90999 to send a ten dollar donation to the Red Cross. The funds will go to support the Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.
  • Donate 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.
  • The American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Potential donors wishing to support this disaster may designate their gift to AP 2885 Haiti Relief and Development.

Donations can be sent to the American Red Cross Greater Miami & The Keys, 335 SW 27thAve., Miami, FL 33135 , or the American Red Cross Broward County Chapter, 6710 W Sunrise Blvd., Suite 111, Plantation, FL 33313 or made by phone at 305-644-1200 or 954-797-3800 or online at 
www.southfloridaredcross.org and www.tucruzroja.org