Help For Haiti

January 14, 2010

Dear Friend,

The latest updates I have received from individuals coordinating relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti is that the situation remains very difficult. Although several military cargo planes have landed, the airport is essentially not functional due to the lack of power and orderly air traffic control (the US Coast Guard Cutter Forward is providing very limited air traffic coordination services at this time); many of the piers in the Port au Prince have been damaged and remain unusable. The U.S. Navy has dispatched the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, 2,000 marines, numerous aircraft for staging purposes and a great deal of equipment to the island. The swift reaction from the United States and other countries has been nothing less than remarkable. These early responses will be critical to saving lives in the immediate future.

The survivors of this natural disaster will need ongoing help. As they mourn for lost loved ones and strive to rebuild their lives, it is important to at least consider reaching out to lend a hand. The following are relief organizations preparing to send aid to the region if you are inclined to contribute even a small amount. In addition to the others, Americares is an outstanding relief organization that is located right here in Stamford.

Americares
www.americares.org
800.486.HELP

American Red Cross
www.redcross.org
800.RED.CROSS

Save the Children
www.savethechildren.org
800.728.3843

You can also check out www.USAID.gov. This website, run by the federal government, explains some other ways you can donate and volunteer.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of this disaster, especially to our friends and neighbors here who may have ties to Haiti. If I can be of assistance to you please do not hesitate to contact my office at 800.842.1421 or via email at [email protected]

Best,

L. Scott Frantz
State Senator, 36th District