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Rescue Teams Work On Food and Shelter as NY Leaders Pledge Aid to Haiti

January 14, 2010

NEW YORK - New York leaders are pledging to aid earthquake victims in Haiti as emergency response teams determine how to meet immediate needs like shelter, food and water. Mayor Bloomberg says the world came to New York's aid after 9/11, and now New York wants to make sure the world comes to the aid of the Haitian people.

Mercy Corps is one of the relief agencies sending emergency response teams. Communications officer Caitlin Carlson says right now, many survivors are fearful of returning to their homes because of dangerous aftershocks.

"A lot of shelter issues are resolved with temporary tents. We can get people under something - get their heads covered."

Carlson says Mercy Corps response teams will spend the next few days determining where the need is greatest.

"Food is going to be a huge issue, because most of the restaurants and grocery stores are damaged - not open, not accessible - so we are going to be looking to fill that need, as well."

United Nations headquarters in New York also pledged $10 million from its emergency relief fund.

Gov. Paterson has pledged to offer lasting relief, but for immediate aid, Carlson says on-line donations are one of the best ways New Yorkers can be involved. New York's East Flatbush neighborhood is home to the largest Haitian population in the nation.

More information and on-line donation is available at www.MercyCorps.Org.


Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY