Washington, D.C., September 20, 2017 — The Mexican Red Cross has multiple teams assisting in search and rescue operations following yesterday’s deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico.
Dozens of Mexican Red Cross teams are searching for survivors, transporting the injured to hospitals and providing first aid on the scene. The states most affected are Morelos, Puebla, Mexico City and the State of Mexico.
The Mexican Red Cross has deployed dozens of doctors and nurses, alongside more than 90 ambulances and its urban rescue unit. In all, more than 500 volunteers and employees were activated in the hours immediately following the deadly quake. In addition, 17 more urban rescue units, ambulances and logistic units will arrive today.
The American Red Cross works closely with the Mexican Red Cross to provide humanitarian aid and assistance during large emergencies. Disaster specialists at the American Red Cross are monitoring the situation closely, remain in close contact with colleagues at the Mexican Red Cross, and are on standby to assist. As in all international disasters, the American Red Cross stands ready to provide support if the national society (in this case, the Mexican Red Cross) requests outside help.
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HOW TO REACH LOVED ONES Disasters like the earthquake in Mexico have left many across the world looking for their loved ones, and the Red Cross is here to help. If you are looking for a U.S. citizen affected by recent international disasters, please contact the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 or go online at http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/overseas-citizens-services.shtml.
If you are seeking information about non-U.S. citizen family members in Mexico who have been missing since the recent earthquake, please visit www.redcross.org/FamilyLinks, or call the American Red Cross Restoring Family Links Helpline at 844-782-9441.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.