A selection of online resources for the latest information on the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti.
How to get news of family and friends
Google has developed an application in French, English and Creole, Google crisis response, which includes, amongst other services, a ‘Person Finder’. With this service, you can search but also give information about a person who was in Haiti during the earthquake. By typing a name in the Person Finder, Google provides information collected by the Red Cross as well as the messages which may have been left on Google crisis response.
The International Committee of the Red Cross offers online access to its list of missing people with the hope of reuniting family members separated by the earthquake. Those who want to inform family members of their whereabouts can register on the site, Family News Network, while those looking to find out about relatives can fill in a form requesting this information. The service is available in French and English.
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up two emergency hotlines for information on French citizens in Haiti: (+33)188.8.131.52.60 and 0810.006.330.
In the United States
The US State Department has set up a hotline for information on American citizens in Haiti: (001)-888-407-4747.
How to get the latest information online
The American Red Cross is using its Twitter page to communicate the latest information from Haiti, including several posts from their Haitian delegation.
Haitian journalist Carel Pedre is updating his Twitter account with the latest information from the island.
Several Facebook groups are gathering information that is available on the situation after the earthquake. Earthquake Haiti seems to be the most complete and regularly updated English-language page.
The home page of UN programme Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) displays all information, both scientific and general, published by major news media throughout the world.
How to make a donation
Below are some NGOs which are accepting donations for Haiti:
Wyclef Jean's foundation: www.yele.org
A warning all the same: the FBI is advising all those who wish to send money online to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti to “apply a critical eye”. The agency is very concerned about fraud. It recommends, in particular, to “not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages”, to “be sceptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims via e-mail or social networking sites”, to “verify the legitimacy of non-profit organizations by utilizing various Internet-based resources”, to “make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf”, and to “not give your personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions”.
Date created : 2010-01-14