After concern was expressed about two UC Berkeley graduate students who were known to be in Haiti when the earthquake struck yesterday, it has thankfully emerged they are safe. As one of them, Ryan, reports on his blog, African Summer:

Jessica and I are safe, but trying to figure out the status of our return…

…Here’s the short news: we are fairly far from Port-au-Prince and are still safe and sound in Haiti. Phone connections are still bad and email is a better bet for now.

We are trying to assess the roads back to PAP and whether the airport is operational… so we hope to have another update later today. But for now, we are also worried about our colleagues, many who have family in PAP and one who was traveling there during the earthquake.

Please keep us and everyone here in Haiti in your thoughts and prayers.

Update: Some quick and easy ways to help the Haiti earthquake victims:

  • Text the word “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 to the Yele Foundation, the leading contributor to rebuilding Haiti founded by Wyclef Jean.
  • Text the word “Haiti” to 25383 to donate $5 to the International Rescue Committee
  • Text the word “Haiti” to 85944 to donate $5 to the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International
  • Text the word “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross.
  • Text the word “Haiti” to 45678 (In Canada Only) to assist the Salvation Army in Canada.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...