It was a sad day in the salon for stylists and clients at the Alouette Beauty Salon, January 13, 2010, in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City.
After the Haiti earthquake that measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale and caused extensive damage and what is predicted to be hundreds of thousands of deaths in the country, those living outside of Haiti are trying desperately to contact their family and friends.
The following is a list of ways to try and get information on your loved ones. Please note that communication with the country is still very limited and to keep trying for as long as you can.
The United States State Department has started a hot line to get information on people in Haiti – 1 (888) 407-4747. Due to the heavy volume of calls, some callers may receive a recording. This number is for U.S citizens living or traveling in Haiti however.
The American Red Cross advises to try calling direct to Haiti if you are trying to reach others there. They insist to keep trying until you can get through. Also try numbers of those who live nearby as they may be able to help as well.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has also set up a Family Links page where you can search for the name of your relatives, or register yourself, or the name of your relative you are looking for.
CNN has also collaborated with iReport and have put together a Family and Friends Search page.