Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 the strongest earthquake in more than 200 years hit Haiti, destroying thousands of structures. The quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter Scale, has killed an estimated 45,000-50,000 people, according to the Red Cross federation, Thursday (1/14/10).
My cousin’s husband cannot get in contact with his family in Haiti. Needless to say, he and his family here are on pins and needles. The US State Department has provided a phone number for Americans seeking information about family: 1-888-407-4747 or 202-647-5225. As communication in Haiti is very difficult at this time the State Dept. warns that due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording. "Our embassy is still in the early stages of contacting American citizens through our Warden Network."
I’ve also provided 15 organizations that are helping in the Haitian Earthquake relief.
Help Haiti Now
Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc.
American Red Cross
The Salvation Army
Doctors Without Borders
Haitian Health Foundation
Lutheran World Relief
From: Stanley A. Miller II of the Journal Sentinel
As the good intentions of supporting the aid effort continue, be mindful that these fundraising projects are inevitably threatened by scammers, spammers, hackers and other villains looking to cash in by creating fraudulent sites. So whether you are donating online or via a mobile device, make sure your money is going to a source you trust.