News from New Hampshire Council of Churches - Haitian Relief Info

The tragic earthquake in Haiti has brought pain and suffering to the hundreds of thousands of victims and their families around the world.  New England is home to one of the largest Haitian immigrant communities in the United States.  We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to our brothers and sisters in the local Haitian community and to their families abroad.
The faith community is reaching out to provide support and resources to help recovery on the ground in Haiti and here in New England.  We urge you to help the people of Haiti in their time of need.
There are a variety of ways that you can do this through your faith community:
-  International Red Cross: or donate $10 to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting "HAITI" to "90999."
 -  Catholic Relief Services:
-  American Jewish Committee (IsraAID) -  The AJC has established a Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund to support IsraAID -100% of your donation goes directly to help relief efforts in Haiti.  IsraAID has already dispatched a 12 person team to the region.
-  Church World Service- You can donate to CWS's emergency relief fund at
Do you need help locating family members in Haiti?

The State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for individuals seeking information about family members living in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747. Press zero (0) to speak to a customer service representative.
The White House is also directing people to for general information about the earthquake and relief efforts in Haiti.
Are you looking for a way to help?
The immediate need is for money that can be used by an established relief organization to best aid victims of the devastating earthquake. Visit to get a list of credible responding organizations for international emergencies. Reputable organizations include:
- Partners in Health:
- International Red Cross: or donate $10 to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting "HAITI" to "90999."
- Catholic Relief Services:

Tips for taking care of yourself and your family during these difficult times

● Support each other. Parents and caregivers should take time to talk together and find ways to meet each other's needs.
● Monitor adult conversations. Be aware of what adults are saying about the earthquake or the damage. Children listen to adults' conversations and may misinterpret what they hear, becoming unnecessarily frightened.
● Limit media exposure. Protect your child from too many images and descriptions of the earthquake, including those on television, on the Internet, on radio, and in the newspaper.
● Reassure children that they are safe.
● Take care of yourself physically. Eat healthily, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, and get proper medical care.
Fraud Alert

The FBI has reminded us that you may receive other appeals to donate money. Past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization and/or a good cause.

Therefore, before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, to include the following:
·                Do not respond to any unsolicited (SPAM) incoming emails
·                Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites.
·                Verify the legitimacy of nonprofit organizations by utilizing various Internet-based resources that may assist in confirming the group's existence and its nonprofit status rather than following a purported link to the site.
·                Be cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files because the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from know senders.
·                Contribute directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf to ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes.
·                Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions: Providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.
Anyone who has received an e-mail referencing the above information or anyone who may have been a victim of this or a similar incident should notify the IC3 via
There will be additional opportunities to participate as the crisis unfolds.