Haiti: following developments

This post continues our coverage of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. See our previous coverage here which includes information on twitter feeds and Episcopal Church connections as well as other information.

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UPDATED 10:30AM EST

Medical and travel assistance company, On Call International, has set up a national, emergency hotline for the family and friends of travelers visiting Haiti.

Again, the State Department toll free number for family members who are looking for info about the safety of either Americans or Haitians in Port au Prince is 888-407-4747.

Addendum. CNN offers help finding loved ones.

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UPDATED 9:50AM EST

Episcopal Relief and Development is providing critical emergency funds to Haiti. We are currently accepting donations to the Haiti Relief Fund to support this assistance and will continue updating its site as it receive information.

The Presiding Bishop has a statement.

The Archbishop of South Africa has a statement.

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Picking up from our previous coverage, a blog at the New Times has a post that was last updated at 8:08AM EST, titled Gleaning Information from Haiti Online. That post continues to be updated as information streams in to the NYT.

See also the NYT twitter list.

A subsequent post offers: "If you haven’t been able to contact those in the region, what information do you have about the people you’d like to hear from? Please include as much detail as possible."

Currently stateside, Episcopal missioner to the Diocese of Haiti, The Rev. Lauren Stanley, has an early morning report about contacts she has made.

The Wisconsin Journal Sentinel has news on seven-person group from the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee's Haiti Project. Five recently returned, but two remained and were unaccounted for. Update. The two have contacted family and friends, saying they are safe.

KATU in Oregon reports, that "11 members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles haven’t been heard from since the earthquake, said Rev. John Langfeld (ret.). He said a group of men and women led by the Rev. Janet Fullmer’s husband went to Haiti to work on clean water projects and to try and reopen wells that failed."

Addendum. From the Chicago Tribune: "Mallory Holding assured friends and family on her blog from Haiti last month that she felt perfectly safe. But parishioners at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn have not heard from her since a devastating earthquake hit Haiti yesterday. For them, the silence is a lesson in hope." [UPDATE, 9:50PM EST, from HOBD list: "The bishop's office in Chicago learned this evening that Young Adult
Service Corps volunteer Mallory Holding is safe in Haiti. Her mother the Rev. Canon Suzann Holding of the Diocese of San Diego was able to speak briefly with Mallory by phone this evening before the connection was broken. Mallory is camping outside the theological seminary near the Champs de Mar in Port-au-Prince, an area that suffered severe damage in the quake. The seminary is near Holy Trinity Cathedral and the College St. Pierre which were destroyed in the quake."]

Christian Aid has launched a £1m emergency appeal for victims of the Haiti earthquake. "The Christian Aid office building collapsed and three people, including Christian Aid staff, had to be pulled from the rubble."

Mainstream media reports:
* BBC
* New York Times, NYT Haiti twitter
* The Times main story, and about predicting aftershock risk.

Comments (2)

Thank you for putting this up so quickly. Please let us know any news you can about the diocese, Bp. Duracin, clergy and churches, schools and so on in the capital. The PB's statement this morning said nothing about them.

Maison de Naissance is a hospital and birthing center supported by congregations in the Kansas City area from both dioceses (West Missouri and Kansas). They are some distance from the capitol and the epicenter. They have posted a note on their web site about their circumstances.

Marshall Scott

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