At the state level, SDMI has been working with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, local food banks and several of the local rotary clubs to coordinate relief efforts. Additionally, the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA and the Salvation Army have warmly accepted SDMI’s offers of support.
“It is clear that the situation is beyond any one agency’s capabilities, and so we are hoping to be a part of the massive recovery and response effort that will surely be ongoing for months and in fact, years to come,” said SDMI Interim Director Thomas Anderson.
Businesses who want to donate equipment and large scale commodities or provide services such as medical, volunteers or search and rescue can find agencies accepting these donations and help at http://bus.lsu.edu/centers/sdmi/haiti_earthquake.asp. Organizations may also contact the Center for International Disaster directly at 703-276-1914 to register to offer assistant such as medical doctors, nurses, medics, search and rescue or fire. Agencies accepting cash donations from individuals or the private sector can also be found at http://bus.lsu.edu/centers/sdmi/haiti_earthquake.asp.
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 or by sending an e-mail to the State Department at Haiti-Earthquake@State.Gov.
The Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, was established to help save the lives of people and animals by continuously improving disaster response management through research and education. Vision and a generous donation by LSU alumni Emmet and Toni Stephenson were responsible for the creation of the institute in 2007. For more information, visit http://www.bus.lsu.edu/sdmi or call 225-578-0238.