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Mary Lou Berger

Hal R. Valeche
Vice Mayor

Paulette Burdick

Shelley Vana

Steven L. Abrams

Melissa McKinlay

Priscilla A. Taylor

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Verdenia C. Baker

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County Assists with Haitian Earthquake Relief

In support of the relief efforts associated with the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Palm Beach County is tapping resources to provide assistance:

  • An Employees Disaster Relief Fund has been established through an optional after-tax payroll deduction.
  • Emergency Management staff are participating in ongoing meetings with the state and federal government including discussion of a possible site in the county for staging relief supplies.
  • Stand-by teams are being maintained for deployment through the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association.
  • Fire Rescue personnel with specialized rescue training were deployed to Haiti on Federal Search and Rescue teams.
  • Community Services staff have been in contact with the county's Haitian community providers to determine other possible means of assistance.
  • A Consumer Alert on Haiti Relief Scams was issued by the Consumer Affairs office.
  • The Library System has launched a comprehensive page on their website with various resources on relief efforts.
  • Public Affairs Channel 20 produced an episode of it's kreyol show Koze Edikasyon focused solely on Haiti relief.

Related Resources/Links

  1. Federal Response Number: 1-888-407-4747
  2. Department of State:  
  3. US Embassy in Haiti:
  4. Embassy of Haiti in the US:  
  5. Haiti Consular Section in Miami: Phone: (305) 859-2003; Fax: (305) 854-7441

Updates will be posted as they are reported.

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