During a time when you need to get the word out friends and family as quickly as you can, this site may be something to check into. The site's founder started it when his wife had brain surgery and used the web to update everyone on how she was doing without having to repeat himself over and over.
Locating a friend or family member's page is easy enough--just fill in the name of who you're looking for. The support page opens up with links to what happened, current status with past updates, a message board, and how to help.
When registering your loved one, the site asks for a voluntary payment but wants to remain free for those who need it to be. Register by filling out the registration form and then the information is available immediately.