Crowley: Haiti Needs Our Help Now

Jan 13, 2010 Issues: Foreign Affairs

Washington, D.C. —In the wake of a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake near Port Au Prince, Haiti, Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) called on all Americans to help with relief efforts and extended condolences to victims of the catastrophic earthquake.

“As the heart-wrenching toll continues to rise in Haiti today, a dire humanitarian crisis is unfolding and need for extensive emergency international aid grows,” said Congressman Joseph Crowley.  “Now is the time for action – from governments and private individuals and groups.  I welcome President Obama’s bold announcement today regarding emergency relief and urge the US to make every possible effort to save lives in Haiti.  There is no time to wait.

“I also extend my deepest sympathies to the many Haitian-American families in New York, the U.S. and the world affected by this tragedy and I urge all Americans to keep the people in Haiti in their thoughts and prayers today.”

The U.S. State Department has created a hotline for Americans concerned with missing family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747 or by email at ca-taskforce@state.gov.  Outside of the U.S. and Canada, U.S. citizens are asked to call 202-501-4444.  Haitian citizens in the U.S. should call the Haitian Embassy in Washington, D.C., 202-332-4090, or the Haitian Consulate in New York City, 305-859-2003.  U.S. citizens in Haiti can call the Embassy’s Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672. The State Department has also created a webpage on the earthquake at https://www.state.gov/p/wha/ci/ha/index.htm

Initial reports suggest the earthquake near Port Au Prince, Haiti was of a 7.0 magnitude on the Richter Scale and several severe aftershocks have rocked the capitol city overnight.  Preliminary reports indicate that up to 3 million people were affected by the earthquake, out of a total population in Haiti of approximately 10 million.

Congressman Crowley is a six-term member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.