Haiti Help and Info Open Thread

In addition to the "Help for Haiti" thread Mustang Bobby posted this morning, I also wanted to direct your attention to some other resources and offer some recommended reading.

The US Department of State Official Blog, DipNote, has a collection of useful posts: Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo A. Valenzuela posts here with ideas on how to help, contact info if you have suggestions for the State Dept. on how to help, and contact info in case you're looking for information on family and friends in Haiti. Other posts with help ideas and pertinent contact info are here, here, and here.

Elle has a post with more ideas on how to help here.

Recommended Reading:

CNN: Hundreds of thousands may have died in Haiti quake, PM says.
"Port-au-Prince is flattened" after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Haitian capital, Haiti's consul general to the United Nations said Wednesday.

"More than 100,000 are dead," Felix Augustin told reporters.

The hospitals are gone, he added, and medical supplies and heavy equipment are desperately needed.

The Haitian prime minister said Wednesday several hundred thousand people may have died in the powerful earthquake.

"I hope that is not true, because I hope the people had the time to get out," Jean-Max Bellerive told CNN.

"Because we have so [many] people on the streets right now, we don't know exactly where they were living. But so many, so many buildings, so many neighborhoods totally destroyed, and some neighborhoods we don't even see people."
NYT: Fierce Quake Devastates Haitian Capital.

The Swamp: Haitian hardship, 15 years later.

USA Today: Obama: Haiti will get 'full support' of U.S.
President Obama extended "the deep condolences and unwavering support" of the American people to Haiti today, and pledged "full support" for rescue and humanitarian assistance.

"For a country and a people who are no strangers to hardship and suffering, this tragedy seems especially cruel and incomprehensible," Obama said at the White House following a National Security Council meeting.

The scenes of collapsed buildings and bodies in the rubble are "heart wrenching," Obama said. "Our thoughts and prayers are also with the many Haitian Americans around our country who do not yet know the fate of their families and loved ones back home."
Please feel encouraged to drop more links re: help or info into comments.

UPDATE: And coming in right on cue with salt to pour in the wounds, Pat Robertson informs us that Haiti "swore a pact to the devil."

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