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Posted at 2:10 PM ET, 01/15/2010

Mayor Fenty pledges help to Haitian quake victims

By Washington Post editors

The D.C. government is poised to send 100 firefighters and a K-9 search unit as well as several tons of supplies to Haiti, Mayor Adrian Fenty announced this morning at a press conference with the Hatian Ambassador.

Fenty said mental health counselors also are standing by to help people local residents who may be having difficulty coping with the images they're seeing on television.

“This is one of the most catostrophic events ever to hit our planet,” Fenty said. “As spokesman for Washington D.C. you can not say to Mr. Ambassador and to the men and a women of his country how deeply moved and sorrowful we are.''

Fenty said federal officials have asked the District assets that could be donated to the relief effort. Fenty said the city is also willing to send five trucks and will be setting up collection points in several city buildings so that people can donate items. However, Fenty emphsized that money, rather than goods, may be the best way to help quake victims.

-- Hamil R. Harris

Hatian Ambassador Raymond Alcide Joseph. (Hamil Harris/TWP)

By Washington Post editors  | January 15, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
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