NW Team Enroute to Haiti for Quake Assistance

She says the team will take a very limited amount of supplies along with them, with a goal of purchasing as much as possible from local vendors.

"In the aftermath of a disaster, economies shut down – so spending a little money to buy these supplies not only helps the people getting the supplies, but it helps the people who are selling the supplies, who maybe themselves, their home was damaged."

Carlson says Mercy Corps expects the Haitian government to let its emergency response team into the country to assist with the relief efforts. Mercy Corps will post updates on its Web site, mercycorps.org, and is taking donations there.