Mississippi Responding to Haiti Needs

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is directing state agencies to help people in the nation of Haiti, that was badly damaged by an earthquake Jan. 12.

“We’ve been advised by federal authorities that, for now, only search and rescue personnel, equipment and supplies are being allowed into Haiti,” Barbour said.

The governor said many people have called his office offering assistance and needing information. He said the help will be needed in time.

Barbour said a link has been added to his Web site to facilitate the flow of information regarding how Mississippians, charitable agencies, and private sources can contribute to recovery efforts. A link is provided under this story.

"Knowing the kind of devastation caused by natural disasters, it's only appropriate that Mississippi join the federal government, other states, and private resources to help relieve the human suffering in Haiti,” Barbour said.

He said the Mississippi Air National Guard has launched a C-17 Globemaster III and crew to pick up Department of Health and Human Services personnel and equipment in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The flight will then proceed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where the DHHS workers will provide aid in earthquake recovery efforts.

The C-17s and crews are part of the 172nd Airlift Wing based at Thompson Field in Flowood. They also continue their medical evacuations flights into Iraq and Afghanistan.

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