Embed the Person Finder Tool on Your WebsiteAbout the Author: Katie Dowd serves as New Media Director at the U.S. Department of State.
Today, Secretary Clinton announced the launch of a new tool on state.gov/haitiquake, the “Person Finder,” to allow people to find and share information on missing persons in Haiti. In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake on January 12, one recurring theme was the need for people to find and report on their loved ones. As a result, a group of engineers from the private, public and NGO sectors came together to build the “Person Finder.”
The Person Finder is a tool to help individuals find their loved ones. If you are looking for someone, or have information about someone in Haiti, please visit the Person Finder on state.gov/haitiquake. This tool is available in Creole, French and English, and can be embedded on any website. In addition, this tool will make the data accessible to NGOs, donor governments and civilians in an easily manageable and open format. Please note, all the data you enter will be available to the public and viewable and usable by anyone.
Anyone wishing to donate or provide assistance in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck near Port au Prince on Jan 12, 2010, is asked to contact the Center for International Disaster Information.
For those interested in helping immediately, simply text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill. So far, one million people have donated $10 million in the largest mobile donation campaign to date.