Thoughts and Prayers for HaitiPosted by Jesse Lee on January 12, 2010 at 11:05 PM EST
The President gave the following statement tonight:
“My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this earthquake. We are closely monitoring the situation and we stand ready to assist the people of Haiti.”
The White House also put out this background information: The President was informed of the earthquake at 5:52pm. The President asked his staff to make sure that embassy personnel are safe, and to begin preparations in the event that humanitarian assistance is needed. The Department of State, USAID and the United States Southern Command have begun working to coordinate an assessment and any such assistance.
The State Department has a post up as well, with remarks from Secretary Clinton and ways to help:
As Secretary Clinton said earlier, the U.S. government will offer assistance to Haiti and others in the region in the form of civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance.
For those interesting in helping immediately, simply 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.
We’ll provide more details and opportunities to help as we learn more. To stay up-to-date, follow us on state.gov.Share/Bookmark
My heart bleeds for Haiti tonight. I still have vivid memories of the 7.9 Loma Prieta earthquake and how devestating it was in a country relatively well prepared for earthquakes. Thinking about poverty-stricken, hurricane-battered Haiti going through this is so sad. I did the very least I could . . . I texted $10 to the Red Cross. Can you help too?