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Thursday, January 14, 2010

UPDATED - Haiti: How you can help

Current Situation

UPDATE 1/15/2010 - 5:30 PM EST: The Secretary just announced the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010. This is a historic disaster, and TPS will allow eligible Haitian nationals who are currently in the United States to continue living and working in our country for the next 18 months. This designation is part of the Administration's continuing efforts to support Haiti's recovery, and will protect Haitians who would otherwise be endangered by returning home.

From the Secretary's statement:
"At this moment of tragedy in Haiti it is tempting for people suffering in the aftermath of the earthquake to seek refuge elsewhere. But attempting to leave Haiti now will only bring more hardship to the Haitian people and nation. The international community has rallied to deliver relief to Haiti. Much has already arrived and much more is on the way. The Haitians are resilient and determined and their role in addressing this crisis in their homeland will be essential to Haiti's future.

It is important to note that TPS will apply only to those individuals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010. Those who attempt to travel to the United States after January 12, 2010 will not be eligible for TPS and will be repatriated.

Haitians in the U.S. who are eligible to apply for TPS should go to http://www.uscis.gov/ or call USCIS toll-free at (800) 375-5283.”
Read the full text of the Secretary's statement.

The department continues to stand up assets as the situation in Haiti develops and the extent of the devastation is more fully realized. The Secretary recorded the following message on the disaster and the department's response in the aftermath:



As we mentioned yesterday, The United States Coast Guard has deployed four cutters - the Forward, Mohawk, Valiant and Tahoma - to Haiti to render assistance. They are joined by two C-130 Hercules fixed wing aircraft conducting over flights and patrols, and two Coast Guard helicopters are forward deployed in the area to provide rescue or other assistance. The Coast Guard and FEMA remain in close contact with the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (the U.S. entity tasked with coordinating U.S. efforts), as the situation develops. We'll keep you updated on the operational details as we have them.

How You Can Help

The White House has set up the following site for individuals who wish to donate money, goods, and services to the relief effort, and to get information on the entire federal response to this unspeakable disaster.


You can also visit usaid.gov, the lead federal agency coordinating the relief efforts, for updates.

We've also received an outpouring of goodwill and requests from individuals wishing to offer their personal assistance to the relief effort. We commend anyone who is willing to travel to help the people of Haiti. However, we must remind everyone that we cannot permit any personally identiable information to be posted in the comment section of the blog. This means email addresses, physical addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers. Please visit the White House website above to find out how you can help those affected by this disaster.

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  • At January 14, 2010 7:29 PM , Anonymous imelda mendoza said...

    I would like to go to Haiti and help with the rescue labors please contact me at imelda_48@hotmail.com thanks any organization that is still taking people there to help

     
  • At January 14, 2010 8:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    As a contractor/home builder and understanding all trades required to build homes, I would like to help Haiti rebuild. Who do I ask and what is the correct procedure for offering my assistance? At forty four years of age and a whiz-kid when it comes to building from dirt to turn-key completion, I am not very good with political methods of how to actually get to help. So, I am a builder who wants to help yet require help in going about proper procedures to help. Sincerely, Tony - theluckiest.com

     
  • At January 14, 2010 10:17 PM , Blogger Jacob said...

    One way Homeland Security can help Haiti is by designating Haiti a TPS country to give Temporary Protected Status to Haitians in the US.

     
  • At January 15, 2010 6:01 AM , Anonymous Jonathan Vargas said...

    Its nice to see everyone all on the same page working together. I feel better about my government already. Seeing all the departments working together towards a common goal is amazing and breath taking. All the people, ships, planes, helicopters mobilizing everywhere. Its like a movie. It makes me proud that we can step up as a nation and show what we can really do when all the politics is put aside and bold leaders take decisive action for the good of those in need.

     
  • At January 15, 2010 9:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Please grant Haitians Temporary Protected Status.

     
  • At January 15, 2010 10:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Please allow Haitians in the US to stay here, even if here illegally, until conditions improve in their country. Thank you,
    Tess Beck

     
  • At January 15, 2010 4:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    After going to the various websites, I don't see any emergency number for Haitians living in the United States to seek information on relatives in Haitie. I hope such a emergency number exists. If it doesn't, I think it would be a good idea.

     
  • At January 15, 2010 6:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Will the United States be sending any "First Responders" or "IC" trained personnel? I have extensive training in FRO and HMIT as well as Emergency Response and some minor First Aid and some friends and I were just wondering if this was even being considered. It is heartbreaking to see all the victims especially the young ones. May God have mercy on Haiti.

     
  • At January 15, 2010 6:48 PM , Anonymous javier molfino said...

    Am a fireman if you need help please contact me at javmolf@hotmail.com

     
  • At January 16, 2010 3:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It is vital that FEMA be involved in providing equipment and logistic support for the military, responders and crews mobilizing for Haiti. FEMA and the USDA Forest Service is top notch at organizational skills to provide facilities support, catering, mobile sanitization, showers, etc as we have seen multiple times in the US. We urge the US to quickly move to fund FEMA for additional mobilization of equipment to assist in this life saving effort. As we are seeing, the relief effort is not sufficient to quickly bring order, save lives, and provide relief as it is currently being handled.

     
  • At January 16, 2010 7:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Please, give to Haiti the same political status as Puerto Rico.

     
  • At January 16, 2010 8:30 PM , Anonymous Lonnie Driscoll said...

    How can we volunteer our time? Is there an organization we can work with or through. My wife is an Emergency Room Nurse and I am a Fire Chief with past paramedic experience currently an EMT-B Instructor extensive back ground in ICS, Confined Space Rescue, etc..

     
  • At January 16, 2010 9:01 PM , Anonymous koliner said...

    I think that we should allow a large number of children to leave Haiti temporarily and come to the US to be cared for by relatives or others willing to take them in. This would help to keep them from living in such hellish conditions and allow the adults there to work harder on recovery without worrying about children.I'd love to see an "airlift" of children leaving so that they can get to a less traumatic situation ASAP.

     
  • At January 17, 2010 8:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I found this number for people who need information on people in haiti in this site: http://www.whitehouse.gov/haitiearthquake
    The State Department Operations Center has set up the following phone number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747 (due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording). You can also send an email to the State Department. Please be aware that communications within Haiti are very difficult at this time.

     
  • At January 17, 2010 1:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What Haiti needs is boots on the ground. There are thousands of unemployed and underemployed CERT members across the US, waiting to mobilize for just this type of emergency, and like me, they are willing to help. Use some of the BILLIONS of US aid dollars to pay them wages to go to Haiti and search for dead, set up aid stations, food distribution, etc. Let the military focus on providing security.

     
  • At January 19, 2010 2:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    For what Us has been doing so, it is imperative that they occupy Haiti. This way when they spend money no greedy government can steals, robs, kidnipping people. I think people of Haiti will have a better life than what they have now. There have no leader in Haiti right now, nobody is in charge. It is a shame for all these leaders in Haiti. Their concern is about how to get money for themselves, ignore the others.

     
  • At January 19, 2010 2:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    please allow the homeless children to enter the US so that can stay with relative.

     
  • At January 20, 2010 11:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    If we could stop sending thousands of troops to Afghanistan, but rather to Haiti, what a better way to allocate the billions of dollars spent on destruction and death for American troops. It's time that people in the service be of real "service."

     
  • At January 21, 2010 12:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I hope the French step up to help Haiti at this time, they caused many of their problems to begin with.

     
  • At January 21, 2010 2:44 AM , Anonymous Lawrence Neigel said...

    Retired police officers have skills and time to serve. Haiti needs a security force to keep peace and prevent chaos while recovering from this disaster. Why hasn't the call gone out?

     
  • At January 22, 2010 3:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hello,

    I was wondering if the Homeland Security task force was considering options for the hundreds of thousands of misplaced Haitian orphans. There are many people like my husband and I who do not meet the Haitian requirements (We are both under 25 and married only 3 years) and do not have the 25K to adopt a child but would like to take one into our home somehow. I was just curious if there will be any negotiations in the future to allow people like my husband and I to eventually adopt a child that in time has been identified as an orphan. Thank you.

     
  • At January 22, 2010 9:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    U.S. must create a mission for rebuilding the most destroyed areas with proffesionals and specialits of construction.They will stay in haiti for ,lets say 3 months and rotate back to home.All voluntiers,of course.This great country has more than enough good people willing to help in situations like that

     
  • At January 23, 2010 5:00 AM , Anonymous georgie jasmin said...

    please help the children 10 days been looking for my sister since then no luck but i hang on to her orphan child please allowed us bring them to U.S.A help help..... GOD BLESSS AMERICA thank you

     
  • At January 24, 2010 10:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    for people who had a social security # already working in USA for past several years and left USA to Canada cause no more work permit for them Homeland Security should grant them a TPS also to come back and continue working in USA

     
  • At January 25, 2010 4:03 PM , Blogger MEDE said...

    I hope god bless people in Haiti and who want to help those people, I' Dominican residing in new York I filed something like Haiti people in September 2003 and if not a comfortable situation a bad filling god bless to all...

     
  • At January 27, 2010 8:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Please, Please, Give to all the haitians who been in united before and after 2001, the green card to have the possibility to back to haiti, to see the rest of the familys.please, please!

     
  • At January 29, 2010 9:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    please give to the haitians parents of a us citizena permit to work so they will be able to take care of they children and they selves until everything fine in haiti

     
  • At February 1, 2010 9:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What did Port of Prince have for water supply and wastewater treatment and what is its condition now? Do not forget these items of infrastructure which are vital for disease control. Am licensed Engineer, Wastewater Operations Technician, and volunteer member of a branch of Homeland Security. Have shovel, will travel.

     
  • At February 6, 2010 10:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    My name is Leonel Jean-Jacques, I was born and raised in Haiti. I have a Bachelor in criminal Justice and have just completed a master in public administration, but have not taken the comprehensive examination yet. I start another master in international relations and law commencing March 1st, 2010. I speak Creole, french, and Spanish and willing to do what it takes to help out. My wife Anaze Alcira has a master in math and teaches at Indian River State University, in Port St Lucie, Florida; we are both available should we be called to help out.

     
  • At February 7, 2010 8:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    HOpe all Haitians U.S citizen who has been filed for their loves ones before the Earthquake can have the chance to come here to save themselves from this tragedie.

     
  • At February 9, 2010 4:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Haiti earned thier fate with decades of corruption, crime and just being dirty.

    Don't give them a stinking penny and let them dig themselves out the whole they created for themselves.

     
  • At February 18, 2010 3:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I would love to help out in whatever capacity I am capable.

     
  • At April 16, 2010 6:34 PM , Anonymous refinancingmaster said...

    hope all haiti citizen have their spirit back. The new spirit to build better environment, the better goverment and the better education than before. There always a light in the darkness.

     

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