One of the most unsettling aspects after a disaster is establishing contact with family, friends, and loved ones to let them know your whereabouts. In addition, loved ones in other areas are often anxious to hear from those in the affected area to know they are OK. Since the deadly tornadoes struck in the southeast last week, we’ve been encouraging survivors to visit the Red Cross Safe and Well site to connect disaster survivors with their families.
Birmingham, AL, May 1, 2011 -- A Red Cross Disaster Relief truck provides meals to residents and workers at the Pratt City deadly April tornado site. The Red Cross and FEMA are partners in providing emergency services to disaster survivors.
Here’s a quick rundown of how it works:
- People in the affected areas can list themselves as “safe and well” on the site. Friends and family outside the disaster area can then search for messages from their loved ones by using a pre-disaster phone number or complete address.
- Disaster survivors can also update their Facebook and Twitter status through the Safe and Well Web site.
- If a family member has heard from someone that is OK in the affected area, they can list that person on the Safe and Well site as well.
How to register:
- Visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell on your computer or smartphone and click on the “List Yourself as Safe and Well” or “Search for friends and family” link.
- Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and an operator from the American Red Cross can help you register.
If you are a disaster survivor, we encourage you to list yourself as “safe and well”. And if someone you know was affected by the storms and tornadoes, and they are OK, ask if they’d like you to register them as “safe and well”.