The private sector reacted strongly to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in mid-January of 2010. Included among the many relief organizations and private businesses that contributed their time, money, and industrial know-how was IDT Corporation, the parent company of IDT Energy based in New York. IDT Corporation is a top provider of international telecommunications as well as energy supply and solutions. Their expertise in the telecommunications industry allowed them to come into Haiti and set up the means for people to contact family and friends in Haiti in addition to helping significantly with the relief effort. According to Yona Katz the chief operating officer of IDT Telecom,"Many of the local telecommunications service providers in Haiti suffered significant damage, resulting in sporadic access for both inbound and outbound Haiti traffic."