(Hagåtña, Guam, September 10, 2018) — In an emergency, letting your loved ones know you are safe can bring them great peace of mind. The Red Cross has two easy ways to help people reconnect.
The Red Cross Emergency App features an “I’m Safe” button that allows users to post a message to their social accounts, letting friends and family know they are out of harm’s way.
The Emergency App is free and can be found in the app store for your mobile device by searching for “American Red Cross” or by going to redcross.org/apps.
The Red Cross also offers the Safe and Well website which is a secure and more private option than the “I’m Safe” feature on the Emergency App. Safe and Well allows people to list their own status and allows friends and family to search for messages from loved ones. Safe and Well is often used by institutions to register large numbers of people. Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, schools, workplaces and others frequently use Safe and Well to notify people. If you are looking for a person from one of these settings, Safe and Well might be a good option.
Knowing how to contact loved ones after an emergency is a critical part of a family communication plan. Choose an out-of-town loved one who can serve as your family’s point of contact during an emergency. If you can make one phone call during an emergency, call your family contact. Let them know your plans and ask them to list you on the Safe and Well site or post your status on social networks for mutual friends and family to see. Be sure every family member knows how to reach that point of contact.
In the Emergency App, the “Family Safe” feature allows people to check on loved ones who are in an area affected by an emergency and instantly see if they are okay – even if that loved one hasn’t downloaded the App on their device.
To register yourself or search for a loved one on the Safe and Well website visit redcross.org/safeandwell or from any phone call your local Red Cross chapter at 1-671-472-6217.