How to donate to Haitian relief efforts:
-- The Center for International Disaster Information offers a comprehensive resource page online at http://www.cidi.org/incident/haiti-10a/
-- The Salvation Army is accepting donations online at www.gosalarmy.org, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by postal mail at The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728. Designate donations "Haiti Earthquake."
-- Haiti Emergency Relief Fund is accepting donations online at www.haitiaction.
net or mail checks made out to Haiti Emergency Relief Fund/EBSC to East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, 2362 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.
-- Interaction, a coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations, has a list of agencies responding and how to donate to them. Find it at www.interaction.org/crisis-list/earthquake-Haiti.
-- To donate $10 to the American Red Cross, text Haiti to 90999. The amount will be added to your next phone bill. The organization is also accepting donations through its International Response Fund, www.redcross.org.
More information is also available from the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, which serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Solano Counties, at 1-888-443-5722 or www.redcrossbayarea.org.
The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter, which serves Santa Clara County, may be contacted at 1-877-727-6771 or www.siliconvalley-redcross.org.
-- To donate $5 to Wyclef Jean's Haitian Yele charity, text 501501. The money will be added to your next phone bill.
-- To donate $10 to the Clinton Foundation's Haiti Relief Fund, text "HAITI" to 20222. The amount will be added to your next phone bill. Or go to http://www.clintonfoundation.org/ for more information and a list of organizations accepting donations.
-- To find out how to help the International Rescue Committee, visit www.theIRC.org or call toll free, 1-877-REFUGEE.
-- To donate through Oxfam's emergency appeal, visit www.oxfam.org.uk
-- Paul Farmer's Partners in Health is taking donations online at https://donate.pih.org/page/contribute/haiti_earthquake, or send a check with "Haiti Earthquake Relief" in the memo line to Partners In Health, P.O. Box 845578, Boston, MA 02284-5578.
-- The United Nations Population Fund is accepting donations to provide aid specifically to the women of Haiti. Go to https://www.americansforunfpa.org/ for details.
-- Additional organizations offering aid in Haiti include Catholic Relief Services, www.crs.org; Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, www.jrsusa.org; and American Jewish World Service, www.ajws.org.
-- California Attorney General Jerry Brown recommends donors verify that charities are listed on the state's Registry of Charitable Trusts. Registration does not guarantee that a charity is effective, but it is an important indicator. A searchable database is available at http://ag.ca.gov/charities.php.
The office of Rep. Barbara Lee provides the following information for those seeking information on loved ones in Haiti:
-- The U.S. Embassy in Port Au Prince has set up a task force that is taking calls as conditions permit. The Embassy is working to identify U.S. citizens in Haiti who need assistance and sources of emergency help.
-- U.S. citizens should e-mail the embassy at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Those with information or inquiries about U.S. citizens in Haiti may reach the Haiti Task Force at 888-407-4747 or email@example.com. Outside of the U.S. and Canada, call 202-501-4444.
-- For further information and updates, go to the State Department's Consular Affairs Web site at www.travel.state.gov/.
-- 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.
-- The Haiti Earthquake Task Force has set up a number to call to relay information concerning American Citizens in Haiti. That number is 1-888-407-4747.