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A photo of the damage from the USAID Web site.

A photo of the damage from the USAID Web site.

I wanted to pass along the links the State Department posted instructing the public on how to provide assistance to the victims of yesterday’s devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti.

State says the fastest way to give financially is to text HAITI to “90999.” A $10 donation will automatically go to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts. The charge will show up on your cell phone bill.

State also set up a number to call if you need information about loved ones affected by the disaster. The number is 1-888-407-4747.

You can find more disaster assistance information from the U.S. Agency for International Development here and from the Center for International Disaster Information here.

Relief from USAID is already on the way. The agency mobilized disaster response teams to assist with search and rescue and to help assess the damage the quake caused. The teams include 72 personnel from local, state and federal agencies; 6 search and rescue dogs; and 48 tons of rescue equipment.

The U.S. Geological Survey posted information about the magnitude and location of the earthquake here.

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