Organizations Trying to Rush Aid to Haiti

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The call for water, food, medicines and shelter is growing more urgent in Haiti. There are at least 3 million people in desperate need of help in the poverty-stricken country.

The U.S. is leading the international aid effort and President Barack Obama has ordered a round-the-clock effort.

John Hasse, World Vision's senior director for programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, appeared on CBN Newschannel's Morning program to talk more about the how World Vision is helping in Haiti. Click play to watch the interview.

"The best thing you can do is give money for food, water, shelter and first aid supplies," said former President Bill Clinton, U.N. special envoy to Haiti. "Those are the things we need."

The toll-free number to call for information about family members in Haiti is 1-888-407-4747. The State Department says some callers may receive a recording because of heavy volume of calls.

Major U.S.-based relief organizations, like the American Red Cross, are already using the money that has been donated to gather supplies.

"We've got a warehouse in Panama where we have supplies like mosquito nets, and tarps and kitchen sets we're working to get there right now," said Melanie Finke, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross.

Medical supplies have top priority followed by food, clothing and shelter. Once those arrive, volunteer doctors and nurses like Haitian native and volunteer critical care nurse, Luni Dorcin, will be in place, ready to put the supplies to use.

"I want to go and help. I want to go and see what happened. I don't think it's only about my family. It's all about Haiti," Dorcin said.

Three of the U.S.'s best urban search and rescue units, each made up of 70-member teams from Fairfax, Va., Miami, Fla., and Los Angeles, Calif. are headed to the devastated nation. Each team is trained to sift through collapsed buildings, and they are armed with thousands of pounds of equipment and search dogs to sniff out the victims.

"They can get into places where normally humans can't," said U.S. aid volunteer Joe Kratochvil.

China, Russia and countries from the European Union, are also scrambling to get rescue and medical teams to Haiti as quickly as possible. One problem is how to efficiently distribute the aid once it arrives.

CBN's Operation Blessing International has a relief team on the ground in Haiti.

Bill Horan, president and chief operating officer of the charity aid organization, says relief supplies are on the way to the devastated nation.

"We actually have a container, an Operation Blessing container, sitting at the port in Port-Au-Prince," he told CBN News on Wednesday. "It was waiting to clear customs with $2 million worth of medicines that we were giving to Partners in Health."

"Also, we have a four-wheel drive land cruiser that we were going to use for our company vehicle that has a winch on the front of it and armor-plating underneath it," he continued. "It's specially jacked up real high, so we can go through all the big potholes and so forth that are there anyway. But now, I'm not quite sure how we're going to get around, but we're on the job."

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