UTSA community members can reach out to Haiti earthquake victims

Haiti earthquake
Haiti earthquake

Haiti earthquake

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(Jan. 14, 2010)--According to various news services, desperately needed aid from around the world began arriving Thursday in quake-stunned Haiti, while rescuers struggled to save the trapped and injured. The death toll from the earthquake could be between 45,000 and 50,000 with an estimated three million people hurt or homeless, a senior Haitian Red Cross official said Thursday. University records indicate several UTSA students are from Haiti.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Haiti and with those reaching out to them as the country deals with this catastrophic earthquake," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "We hope that our Haitian students' families are well and that they can be in contact with them soon."

>> Cash donations are the most efficient and effective way to help the relief effort in Haiti right now. To help immediately, contribute online to the American Red Cross or 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. Standard texting rates may apply. A confirmation message will arrive within a few minutes to which the customer should reply "yes" to complete the donation. (Read more about AT&T Inc. initiatives to assist Haiti.)

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama offered to Haiti "the deep condolences and unwavering support of the American people following yesterday's terrible earthquake" and ordered "a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives? A top priority is accounting for the thousands of American citizens who are currently in Haiti." Additionally, Obama pledged that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State and the Department of Defense will work closely with U.S. partners in Haiti, the region and around the world.

Families of Americans living in Haiti who are trying to determine the status of loved ones are encouraged to contact the State Department at 1-888-407-4747. Because the line is experiencing a high volume of calls at this time, patience is requested.

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>> For more information about Haiti donations, visit the MySA news site. or the U.S. State Department DipNote blog.

>> For additional updated information, monitor the White House Haiti Earthquake Web site.