Red Cross Taking Inquiries for Typhoon

Inquiries for Philippines Typhoon

PHOENIX (Dec. 19, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is accepting family linking inquiries for missing loved ones after a massive typhoon hit the Philippines earlier this month.

Typhoon Bopha was the strongest tropical cyclone to ever strike the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, making landfall Dec. 3 as a Category 5 super typhoon, with winds of 160 mph. Heavy rainfall, flash floods and landslides, especially on the eastern part of Mindanao, resulted in widespread loss of life and an estimated $590 million in damages to property and crops. The latest count has 1,047 people dead and 841 people missing, with half of the missing being fishermen.

Inquiries must be for family members who aren’t U.S. citizens and for people who were in regular contact with their relatives in the U.S. before the typhoon hit. Inquiries about U.S. citizens should be directed to the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747.

To submit an inquiry, visit the Grand Canyon Chapter’s headquarters at 6135 N. Black Canyon Highway in Phoenix between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Provide the full name, date of birth, address and telephone number of the sought person, as well as your last date of contact with the person – inquiries will be accepted only for relatives who have been in contact within the past 12 months. For more information on international disaster inquiries, contact Grand Canyon Chapter Client Services Specialist Vicente Baamonde at 602-336-6685 or vicente.baamonde@redcross.org.

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. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.