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Red Cross Activates Family Links Service Following Typhoon in Philippines

Oklahoma, Friday, December12, 2014 — Due to the recent destruction, primarily to the central portions of the Philippines by Typhoon Hagupit, also referred to as Typhoon Ruby, the Philippines Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross have activated the Family Links Website for Typhoon Hagupit at the following address:

Information from people who register on the website will be submitted to the Philippines Red Cross. This family links website offers people the possibility to search through the list of missing persons and people who have responded that they are alive, register names of persons with whom they have lost contact, and register names of persons who wish to inform others that they are alive. Persons unable to use the website due to various circumstances should contact their local chapter of the American Red Cross for assistance.

Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in Eastern Samar Province of the Philippines on December 6, 2014. As of December 11, the Philippine government reported 19 deaths and 916 injuries. News reports from the Philippines reported 13,000 homes may have been destroyed and an additional 20,000 homes damaged. The Red Cross Restoring Family Links program works around the world to locate people and put them back in contact with their loved ones who are separated by disasters, war, civil unrest, or migration.