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“My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti after this devastating earthquake. It is too soon to understand the full scope of the damages, but already we can see heartbreaking images of the terrible loss of life, of property, and of basic human services throughout this impoverished island nation. This is a true human catastrophe in the making.

As one from an earthquake prone state, I can only imagine the suffering and fear that the people of Haiti are experiencing. Now is the time for the U.S. government, private relief organizations and concerned citizens to do whatever we can to help in this desperate hour of need. 

I have directed my staff to work with the State Department, the Homeland Security Department, the Defense Department and other federal and local agencies to provide whatever emergency assistance we can offer.

Finally, I would like to let the people of California know that my office is standing by to help those who have loved ones in Haiti.”

For more information about the Haiti disaster, and how you can help:

People in the U.S. or Canada with information or inquiries about U.S. citizens in Haiti may reach the Haiti Task Force at (888) 407-4747.   Outside of the U.S. and Canada, call (202) 501-4444.  For further information and updates, please see the State Department’s Consular Affairs website. Anyone seeking information about U.S. citizens in Haiti can also e-mail the State Department at:

The U.S. Embassy in Port Au Prince has set up a task force at the Embassy which is taking calls as conditions permit.  The Embassy is working to identify U.S. citizens in Haiti who need urgent assistance and to identify sources of emergency help.   U.S. citizens are urged to contact the Embassy via email to request assistance.  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 task force to monitor the emergency. 

The U.S. Department of State has set up a page with information on providing assistance for Haiti Relief Efforts: (

U.S. citizens who wish to contribute to the relief effort for Haiti after the earthquake, either online or by text message, can visit to learn more. 

Haitian Citizens in the U.S.
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.