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Safe and Well Linking Active to Help Locate Missing Loved Ones After Landslide

SUMTER, S.C. – The American Red Cross is providing support and comfort to people in Washington impacted by the catastrophic mudslide as they deal with the tragedy and wait for information about their friends and family.

For anyone who may have a loved one, or friend, impacted by the Oso, Washington landslide, The Red Cross has the Safe and Well Linking to help locate them. During an emergency, letting your family know that you are safe can bring your loved ones great peace of mind.  Safe and Well is available for all disasters when people may be missing.

“Safe and Well is a great resource to help locate loved ones after a large scale disaster,” said Nancy Cataldo, Sandhills Chapter executive director. “If you have a loved one or friend impacted by the landslide in Washington State, please use this tool.”

The Safe and Well Website allows those directly affected by a disaster to let their loved ones know of their well-being. Access the Red Cross Safe and Well Website at www.redcross.org/safeandwell.  For those that do not have internet access, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and follow the prompts for disaster information. Concerned family members who know the person’s phone number (home, cell or work) or a complete home address can search for the messages posted by those who self register.

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, Red Cross has been able to help more than 1,200 people affected by disasters in the Palmetto SC Region since Jan. 1.  On average, the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours.  The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit Redcross.org.