On Friday, November 8, Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Central Philippines leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region has opened a call center to accept local inquires for missing loved ones.
"It's our understanding the phone systems are out in the Philippines so this provides a method for folks to reach out that doesn't involve them calling directly," said Paul Carden, Regional Disaster Program Officer for the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region.
Calls for persons sought living in the affected areas who were in regular contact with relatives in the United States prior to the disaster and for family members who are not United States citizens should be directed to 703-584-8761.
The center will operate on Saturday, November 9 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and on Sunday, November 10 from 10:00am to 7:00pm.
Inquiries concerning United States citizens should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Services, at 1-888-407-4747.