ASCE Extends Condolences to Haiti Victims and Residents

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The American Society of Civil Engineers expresses its sorrow over the magnitude of loss and suffering caused by the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, especially to those ASCE members and civil engineers in Haiti and elsewhere that have been personally affected by this tragic disaster. ASCE stands ready to contribute its technical expertise, and pledges its support for relief efforts. We urge you, our members and partners, to join us in supporting the relief efforts organized by our longstanding partner, the American Red Cross. We also encourage you to consider volunteering to help at the scene, especially if you are a structural engineer or if you speak French or Creole.

How you can help
  • Send $10 to the American Red Cross relief effort immediately by texting "Haiti" to 90999 from your cell phone. The donation will appear on your cell phone bill. Or donate via the American Red Cross Web site.
  • Help at the scene -- enroll in the ASCE Disaster Assistance Volunteer Directory to match your skills with disaster relief efforts. Urgently needed are structural engineers or any engineer who speaks French or Creole; please specify such skills when enrolling.
Engineers Without Borders-USA students are safe in Haiti
Students from the University of Wisconsin Engineers Without Borders-UW chapter posted a blog Tuesday saying the quake was barely a tremor at the location where they have been working on a hydro-electric power generation project. Read the blog entry.
Please give what you can -- financially or in expertise -- to assist in the recovery from this disaster.