Red Cross Facilitates Family Linking in the Philippines

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.

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.

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 or follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossNCR.