The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS) facilitates family reunification when individuals are separated during a disaster.
The system provides a secure Web-based environment where survivors and their loved ones can communicate their location as well as provide a personalized message. FEMA also has a call center to assist people who do not have Internet access.
To support the reunification of children under 21 years of age with their parent(s)/legal guardian, FEMA works in collaboration with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Individuals reporting or searching for a child missing as a result of a disaster should call the NCMEC National Emergency Child Locator Center at 1-866-908-9572. NCMEC is staffed 24-hours a day.
Additionally, the American Red Cross maintains Safe and Well, a Web-based system that helps reunify friends and family displaced by a disaster. To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative, please contact the local American Red Cross chapter where you live or are staying (visit www.redcross.org to find a local chapter).