As I write this, I've got a reporter in the air on the way to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, where he'll spend the night before driving into Haiti tomorrow morning with a team from Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Tom Tracy is an experienced photojournalist and award-winning writer for the Catholic press. As infrastructure and logistics allow, he'll be filing photos and stories in coming days which will be posted here.
Tonight, from the Miami airport, he talked to Tom Price, a senior communications manager for CRS, who said the U.S. bishops' overseas aid agency were lucky to have some food and hygiene supplies pre-positioned in Haiti "but not enough for a disaster of this size."
CRS has been in Haiti for 50 years and has 313 staff members there, almost all of whom have now been accounted for (although a number have lost family members). It is one of eight major international aid agencies established there.
CRS emptied its warehouse in the Dominican Republic today and trucked it into Haiti. Price said the priority is food distribution and "moving rubble to find people."
"The average Haitian lives hand to mouth most days ... but now we have a situation where the masses are finding there is no food to be hand, we also need to get drinking water in there as the water supply is being depleted," Price said.
"It is absolutely devastating," he said. Haven't made a donation yet? Click here.