Haiti Earthquake: How to Contact Family and Friends in Haiti
After the Haiti earthquake that measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale and caused extensive damage and what is predicted to be hundreds of thousands of deaths in the country, those living outside of Haiti are trying desperately to contact their family and friends.
We have put together a list of ways to try and get information on your loved ones. Please note that communication with the country is still very limited and to keep trying for as long as you can.
The United States State Department has started a hot line to get information on people in Haiti - 1 (888) 407-4747. Due to the heavy volume of calls, some callers may receive a recording. This number is for U.S citizens living or traveling in Haiti however.
The American Red Cross advises to try calling direct to Haiti if you are trying to reach others there. They insist to keep trying until you can get through. Also try numbers of those who live nearby as they may be able to help as well.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has also set up a Family Links page where you can search for the name of your relatives, or register yourself, or the name of your relative you are looking for.
Twitter is also a good resource if you are looking for information from anyone in the area. Twitter users are generally using the #Haiti hashtag to update with any information and you can follow accounts such as the American Red Cross on Twitter for updates.
Google Crisis Response has set up a missing person's page.
There is also a Haiti Earthquake Facebook page to post and look for information.
Feel free to post information on this story in the comments section of anyone you are looking for and to communicate with others here.