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Haiti: Update from Port-au-Prince

A short time after the earthquake yesterday our International team in Washington DC was able to make contact with the head of our Haiti delegation via Skype. He was in his office in Port-Au-Prince when the earthquake hit.

  • [10:36:42 PM] ARC – Matthew Marek – Haiti: people are scared and gathered in the streets
  • [10:36:51 PM] ARC – Matthew Marek – Haiti: there is really no place to go in many of these neighborhoods
  • [10:37:09 PM] ARC – Matthew Marek – Haiti: the dust from the collapse is still lingering in the air
  • [10:37:18 PM] ARC – Matthew Marek – Haiti: i should make a move
  • [10:37:36 PM] ARC – Matthew Marek – Haiti: go out and photo – check on my staff manning the office
  • [10:37:59 PM] ARC – Matthew Marek – Haiti: we have the vehicles shing onto an adjacent lot with 1000s of people
  • [10:38:10 PM] ARC – Matthew Marek – Haiti: just to give the folks some comfort
  • [10:38:17 PM] ARC – Matthew Marek – Haiti: its reallly a mess

Matt was able to take a few photos when he went back out:

144 Responses to “Haiti: Update from Port-au-Prince”

  1. We have a large contingent of business jet aircraft located throughout the US. We are fillling them with relief supplies and are ready to be dispatched. Please help direct us to the proper point of contact.

  2. Good morning,

    Although we are far from the disaster, our hearts go out to those who are suffering. The elementary school where I work has already started a “loose change” drive to continue of the next month. Once all the change is collected and totaled, we will be donating the sum to the American Red Cross. I was overwhelmed at the number of children, as young a 5 years old, who brought in change today to add to the collection buckets.

    Our thoughts are with those on the ground in Haiti, helping the victims to cope with the aftermath of the earthquake.

  3. I know financially I can help and raise money, but I have about 20-25 family members in this area and the wait for their phone calls is unbearable. I have nursing school training, CPR and speak fluent Creole and English, so translating will not be an issue. Please if I can get to Haiti through you guys, please let me be a candidate. I need to find others and my own

  4. I will underwrite flight and support of two certified crane operators for early rescue action in Haiti.

    I haven’t found contacts. Red Cross? Corps of Engineers? Any humanitarian agency on the ground?
    Would appreciate any useful information on whether this would be useful and/or how to lend this helping hand.

  5. I am wondering…will you be taking blood donations for Haiti soon?


  6. Please donate – it costs money to send/ship people to assist. The Red Cross movement already has supplies, stocks, staff trained and prepared to go in the region – so that money would be better spent replenishing supplies, stocks. As a former employee – I know your donation will go to the Haitian people who need it!

  7. I have a friend in need of meds in Port Au Prince
    Her name is Ann Valerie Milfort (she is on facebook, so am I)
    She needs Antibiotics and Tetanus for her mother and her nephew.
    her grandmother died and also her 10 year old niece…
    Her blackberry Pln is: bbm 211b544 she needs help URGENTLY
    How can we get meds to her? Any advise

  8. For the medical professionals who are trying to find out how to volunteer in Haiti, if for some reason you can’t get hooked up with the Red Cross (I don’t know how RC works), Doctors Without Borders has put out a call to their volunteers – they are desperate.

  9. As a volunteer I decided to forward the recent donation request email on to friends with a request of my own:

    As you may or may not know I am a Red Cross Disaster Services Volunteer, as well as someone who was assisted by the International Red Cross (as a child). I am sending this information I received regarding the situation in Haiti and asking personally for your assistance.

    In these hard economic times I know it’s difficult to think about making a charitable donation. Think about skipping that latte at the local coffee store or even the dollar menu item at McDonalds and give it to the American Red Cross. Even if it’s only $1 – think how all the $1 donations can add up to. If your situation does not allow for a monetary donation, think about donating your time by becoming a volunteer with your local American Red Cross.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this email. Thank you to all who may have already donated, and thank you in advance for any donation you can give to the American Red Cross.

    Remind your friends that even $1 can go far with the American Red Cross.

  10. I’m helping to organize a medical mission to go to Haiti on Saturday morning. The flight is at 5 A.M. out of Fort Lauderdale, FL. We have 11 spots on the plane, and we’re looking for medical personnel. Please contact me ASAP if you can be of assistance. Thank you.

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  12. Hello,
    I have a friend from Haiti whose family lives inPort-au -Prince. What can he do to contact them? He is completely devastated right now.

    Thank You

  13. Please visit Google’s crisis management team’s website helping to coordinate contacting relatives and aid efforts in Haiti


  14. We have 70 employees at our Colorado Sprinhgs Orthopaedic Group offices and will be gathering donations tomorrow to give to the Haiti Relief Fund at the American Red Cross. We realize that the Hatian recovery effort is going to take a long time, so we thought cash right now would be best. Perhaps we can donate goods at a later time.

  15. We have 70 employees at our Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group offices and will be gathering donations tomorrow to give to the Haiti Relief Fund at the American Red Cross. We realize that the Hatian recovery effort is going to take a long time, so we thought cash right now would be best. Perhaps we can donate goods at a later time.

  16. everyone pray that my love calls soon

  17. i will go and help them

  18. is there a specific address in Haiti where we can UPS first aid kits and clothes and essential things they may need right now.. please let me know i have a couple of boxes i want to send.

  19. I am willing to go and help those in need does anyone need me? I want to help!

  20. For those of you who are just driven to go to Haiti in person you must arrange for your own transport, food, water and shelter. Organizations already in the country are not prepared to support you on the ground there. Remember that the military that are being deployed are trained, equipped, in good health, and are not going to give you their MRE’s. You can’t just show up there! You place an extreme burden on experienced and trained folks who are trained in the Incident Command System, etc. Go get trained now. Classes are almost always available at your local Red Cross unit. Red Cross doesn’t receive clothing to be distributed, etc. Go to your local church organizations, like the Southern Baptists, Mennonite Relief, Episcopal Relief and Development and Catholic Charities to volunteer to do something at home. Maybe you can take the place locally for some trained person who has been sent. And send the cost of the plane ticket to one of those organizations. It will do more good right now. There will be opportunities later for you to put hands-on.

  21. Go to this link and see what USAID is doing already. For those of you who have personnel you are funding or equipment, the State Department may be better able to hook you up. Call your Senator’s Office or Representative to get your stuff/people used. Maybe it will help.


  22. Donated thru AT&T. Am saying heartfelt prayers for the earthquake victims and the volunteers on the ground. It doesn’t seem to be enough….you know? Bless you all.

  23. I have little girls summer clothes that I would like to send to the children of Haiti. How can I get it there?

  24. Hi,
    My name is Monica cruz, Im 15 and I leave in Puerto Rico. I know that I cannot help financially but any things you need just let me know because in my school there recolecting basic things that there in haiti would need…. I dont know but you can send me maybe a list of ther things that are most important for them so I could get the help right away… I really would like to help in any possible way…

  25. To Matt Marek: Matt I stayed with you at the Norwich Mission House in 2007 with the medical mission from CT. I was relieved to see you live last night on CNN with AC. I know everything is upside down there for you right now, but please know your friends here in CT are thinking of you, and praying for all of the Haitian people at this time. Dan O’Brien

  26. My friend is visiting Haiti from Colorado. How do I find out if she’s okay?

  27. I am an ER physician in Tampa. I speak French. I am willing and able to go to Haiti to help. Who do I contact to go?

  28. lynn weiss, on January 13th, 2010 at 4:54 pm Said:
    eddy louis harris is traveling with other writers from paris to haiti. they arrived over the weekend. eddy harris if fairly well known in france.

    Dear Lynn, I’ve been looking for information about Eddy as well. Have you heard anything? He was supposed to fly to Haiti on Jan. 8th.

  29. There are 63 people still alive in Carribean Market. One of the survivors sent a text so we could send out help. PLEASE LET PEOPLE KNOW IN ORDER TO HELP THEM OUT!!! copy and paste this on every Haiti page/group wall you can find!!

  30. From Brandon Manitoba Canada,I have neccessary hard to find air bag lifting equipment capable of lifting many tons at once,uses small gas air compressor,air lines,air bags,etc.approximately 1000 lbs. total gear,easily moved in a pickup,lifting sections of buildings, from 1 inch to 1 foot in a few minutes,experienced in safe builing lifting,1 or 2 of us would be able to travel with and assist haiti rescue mission on short notice. [personal information redacted]

  31. Dear Lynn,
    I just heard from Eddy L. Harris. He’s fine. I gave him your name and told him to contact you.
    -deborah mccutchen

  32. […] Since Hurricane Katrina the Red Cross will not send anyone to a crisis without a background check and some very basic training. The best way to help is to google the website of your local Red Cross (i.e. Washington DC Red Cross) and Read more […]


  34. If you have information about New Life Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sarthe community. Please email us or call 423-802-2926

  35. I am writing to ask if anyone hears from an African American woman named Ruth Hodges, please email me at karmen_gadsden@yahoo.com. Ms. Hodges flew to Haiti on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. She was going to visit a family as apart of her mission trip because the father was dying from cancer. She arrived at the airport in Port Au Pince on Tuesday afternoon at approximately 3:40 pm, which was shortly before the eathquake happened. We are unsure if she is still at the airport or in the city. If any of your relief workers hear anything, please contact me. She is about 70 years old. She is maybe 5’2-5’3 and she has fair skin. I will continue to pray for her safety as well as for the people of Haiti, the relief workers, and all who are trying to aid in this process in order to bring comfort, the basic necessities, and many other things that this country needs. Thank you for taking time to read my plea and concern.

  36. Hello everybody,
    I have a very close friend in Port-au-Prince. His house is in ruins and he and his parents lost everything! There are no words to describe the situation there! Every survived hour in Haiti is a big achievemevt!
    I read A. Neubauer’s message and i would like to ask for more information. What are the ways for my friend to get help from USA? And what has to be done?
    He is a very intelligent,educated and good person. He speaks very good English and there wont be any problems with the communication. He knows people in USA, that will help him out and the help we are asking for will be really temporary.
    The fact,that I am from Europe,makes it so difficult to help… How I wish I was closer!
    We are running out of time and I will deeply appreciate every fast response and information!
    Thank you

  37. How can I host a family????

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  39. I m living in Brazil and we do wanna send some clothes but i dont know to which adress or where to send does anyone knows where i can send a help packages.

  40. Hi
    i am a student nurse whom is nearly qualified,i have time on my hands and want to know how i can get over to Haiti and help. I am a student pediatric nurse but worked with adults too, i am a mother of grwon children and givelove and comfort also.
    Do any children need host families to come here for treatment etc, i live and work close to Alderhay childrens hospital. Even willing to give a home to the many orphans.

    god bless them all


  41. Who can I contact to offer our home for hosting?

  42. We write from England UK to add our prayers and to send love and encouragement to Pastor Jean Edmond and the staff and children at the orphanage and school of Calvary Baptist Church, and we ask for any news of the children at Tim’s Kindergarten. We have some contact through Charles Hyder.

  43. We adopted our 2 y/o daughter from Haiti and are very close with her biological mother. A friend called us and said they found the mothers body in the ruble of Port au Prince. Is there any way to confirm this???

  44. Global Volunteer Network (GVN) is putting a team together as we speak. They are looking at going at the end of March. A friend and I are already singed up to go with them.
    Check out there web site.

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