Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

How to help: Haiti quake victims; updates on U-M personnel, experts
A list of U-M experts available to comment on Haiti disaster and aftermath >


Here are some groups working to aid the victims of the Haitian earthquake:
American Red Cross
Catholic Relief Services
Doctors Without Borders
Food for Poor
Heart to Heart International
Mercy Corps
Partners in Health
The Salvation Army
Yéle Haiti

University officials believe there are no current U-M students or faculty in Haiti, which was struck Tuesday by a massive earthquake causing widespread devastation..

Kelly Cunningham, director of public affairs, said a check of programs associated with the Caribbean nation identified no one currently in Haiti, and no Haitian residents currently are enrolled at U-M.

The quake, which registered 7.0 on the Richter scale, struck late Tuesday afternoon and destroyed most of the capital city of Port-Au-Prince, authorities said in published news reports.

Cunningham said that in searching for any U-M personnel, the university checks a variety of sources, including the International Travel Registry, which allows university students, faculty or staff to submit their itinerary and contact information in case of an emergency.