GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 10, 2013 – The American Red Cross is accepting family linking inquiries for missing loved ones in relation to the recent disasters in the Philippines.
The Red Cross provides humanitarian services to refugee and immigrant communities by reconnecting loved ones separated by conflict, natural disaster, or other humanitarian situations and by ensuring broad dissemination of humanitarian principles.
“In times of disaster, all that is needed to ease the minds of loved ones half a world away are the words, ‘I am alive’,” said Military and International Services Director for the Red Cross of West Michigan, Sarah Day. “Our Restoring Family Links team stands ready to support those searching for loved ones in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.”
Inquiries will be accepted that meet the following criteria:
• Sought persons living in the affected areas who were in regular contact with their relatives in the United States before the disaster occurred.
• For family members who are not U.S. citizens.
Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747. Please remember that this phone number is frequently busy during the first days of a large disaster.
There is no charge for these services; the Restoring Family Links program is made possible by the voluntary services and financial support of the American public. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers search tirelessly for information that will bring resolution to tracing cases and peace of mind to separated families.
To support relief efforts in the Philippines you can mail a check to your local American Red Cross chapter designating Philippines Typhoons and Flood in the memo line.
To learn more about our Restoring Family Links program, contact Sarah Day, Regional Military and International Services Director, American Red Cross of West Michigan at 616-498-6102 or email Sarah.Day@redcross.org.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.