Houston’s Response to Haiti

It has been one week since the worst earthquake in two hundred years hit Haiti. The Houston Red Cross says the disaster response will not be over any time soon and donations are still needed. Laurie Johnson reports.

Houston Red Cross organizers say the local role in the Haiti relief efforts is to help people who want to help.

Spokesman Russell Hubbard says the primary way they do that is through cash donations.

“And that’s through 1-800-RED-CROSS by calling, by going online to and making a financial contribution and the most amazing fundraising efforts we’ve seen to date have been through the mobile donations by people texting “Haiti” to 90999 and making a $10 contribution.”

The American Red Cross pledged $10 million for initial relief efforts in Haiti. Hubbard says they’ll have teams on the ground for quite some time and cash donations are the best way to support the recovery process.

“Red Cross teams from other communities are delivering clean drinking water, and of course food as well, to those that are in need. And that will continue to go on and this is going to be a long-term operation, so those donations that are coming in will help immediately and in the long-term.”

The Houston Chapter also has a local disaster responder on standby who will go into Haiti as part of the second wave
of relief teams.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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