In the wake of the tornados and storms in Mississippi yesterday, the American Red Cross encourages all those affected by this disaster to register on the Safe and Well website.
This easy-to-use tool, available at www.redcross.org/safeandwell, allows concerned loved ones all across the country to search for registrants’ posted messages, to see that they are safe.
After going to the Safe and Well site, registrants can click on the “List Myself as Safe and Well” option. They will be asked for their pre-disaster address and phone number. Then they can select from a list of standard messages the ones that best describe their status. Choices include such messages as “I am safe and well,” “Currently at shelter” and “Will make phone calls when able.”
Concerned family members and friends who want to check on the status of a loved one can choose the “Search” option on the Safe and Well site. They enter the person’s name and pre-disaster phone number or address. If their loved one has registered, they will be able to see their message. Note that the Safe and Well website safeguards the registrant’s privacy. Standard messages are enough to provide peace of mind, but the site does not reveal a registrant’s specific location or contact information.
The Safe and Well website is also available in Spanish at www.sanoysalvo.org. People without access to a computer, without electricity or in need of help from an interpreter can call the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) to register. Family members outside the disaster-impacted area can register an evacuee as soon as they hear from them, to reassure other concerned loved ones.
With one registration on the Safe and Well website, a person displaced by disaster can provide peace of mind to many loved ones. This also helps ease congestion on public and cellular telephone systems and reduces the burden on emergency responders. As the nation’s partner in emergency preparedness and response, the Red Cross provides this tool to help those whose lives have been affected by disaster. The Safe and Well website is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Families are encouraged to make the website part of their disaster preparedness planning.
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free and made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of this severe weather event in Mississippi by making a financial gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. To make contributions, donate online at www.redcross.org/mississippi, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to any of the local Red Cross Offices in Mississippi.
For assistance with immediate, disaster-related needs, please contact your local Red Cross office through www.redcross.org/mississippi find us on Facebook by searching “Red Cross Mississippi” or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossMiss.