Locating Family Members
The United States State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747
With so many people in Colorado and around the United States wanting to help Haiti respond and recover from the recent earthquake, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 8 (Colorado's region) put together the information below to help you make informed decisions with legitimate, recognized sources of information about how to locate family members and make donations.
Cash donations allow for voluntary organizations to quickly pay for response and recovery efforts, and quickly provide direct financial assistance to disaster survivors to meet their own needs. Those interested in making contributions to help the victims in Haiti can do the following:
Go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/
For those looking for additional opportunities to donate to organization involved in recovery efforts in Haiti following the devastating eqrthquake that struck near Port au Prince on Jan 12, 2010, you may may contact the Center for International Disaster Information. The Center, operated under a grant from the United States Agency for International Devleopment's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and initial support from IBM, has become a valuable resource to the public, as well as U.S. government agencies, foreign embassies and internatioanl corporations. CIDI has established a dedicated page to coordinate Haiti support at: http://www.cidi.org/incident/haiti-10a/
For those interested in learning more about how best to donate to provide assistance in Haiti visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuild/recover/howtohelp.shtm or visit http://www.fema.gov/
Additionally, interested donors can visit http://www.interaction.org/ to obtain a list of credible responding agencies for international emergencies and http://www.give.org/ to get valuable information on making informed decisions when supporting charities. In addition, donors can visit http://www.globalgiving.org/