Our nation's response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti has been tremendous. Multiple federal departments and agencies are working around the clock to help the Haitian people and the thousands of Americans currently living in or visiting Haiti. While the effort of these federal entities has been fast, effective and robust, it is the massive outpouring of support from the American public that is the most impressive.
The U.S. State Department has compiled the information below for Americans that need assistance locating relatives in Haiti, want to make monetary or non-monetary donations for recovery efforts, or offer their time and energy as volunteers in Haiti.
As always, please feel free to contact my office if you need additional assistance. My Washington office can be reached at 202-225-6411 and my District Office in Bethlehem at 610-861-9734.
U.S. Citizen Inquiries:
The U.S. Embassy in Port Au Prince has set up a task force on the site that is taking calls as conditions permit. The Embassy is working to identify U.S. citizens in Haiti who need urgent assistance and to identify sources of emergency help. U.S. citizens in Haiti are urged to contact the Embassy via email (ACSPaP@state.gov) to request assistance. U.S. citizens in Haiti can call the Embassy’s Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672.
The State Department has also created a task force to monitor the emergency. People in the U.S. or Canada with information or inquiries about U.S. citizens in Haiti may reach the Haiti Task Force at 888-407-4747; Haiti-Earthquake@state.gov. Outside of the U.S. and Canada, call 202-501-4444. For further information and updates, please see the State Department’s Consular Affairs website (travel.state.gov).
Americans are still encouraged to reach out directly to the State Department’s Haiti Task Force at 1-888-407-4747; Haiti-Earthquake@state.gov.
U.S. citizens with pending adoption cases in Haiti are requested to contact the Department of State at AskCI@state.gov for information about their case. In inquiries, please include: full name and contact information of parents, full name(s) of child(ren), date(s) of birth of child(ren) [if known], and the name and contact information of orphanage. Americans can find additional information about adoptions in Haiti by visiting http://adoption.state.gov/news/Haiti.html#.
The most effective way to assist relief efforts is by making cash contributions to humanitarian organizations that are conducting relief operations. Information on organizations responding to the humanitarian situation in Haiti is available at www.reliefweb.int, and at USAID: www.usaid.gov – Keyword: Donations.
The State Department helped set up a short code for those wishing to send immediate monetary assistance. To take advantage of this, text "HAITI" to "90999" and $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill.
Americans interested in making both monetary and non-monetary donations, including supplies and equipment, should visit the website of the Center for International Disaster Information's (CIDI), www.cidi.org. The website also has guidelines available in French and Kreyol. Also, please feel free to call the CIDI Hotline at 703-276-1914.
Haitian Citizens in the U.S.:
Haitian citizens in the U.S. should call the Haitian Embassy in Washington, D.C., 202-332-4090, or the Haitian Consulate in New York City, 305-859-2003.
Additionally, persons who wish to provide assistance or expertise in Haiti are asked to contact the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI). The Center, operated under a grant from the United States Agency for International Development's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, has established a dedicated page to coordinate Haiti support at: http://www.cidi.org/incident/haiti-10a/. CIDI can also be reached by dialing 703-276-1914.