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National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System Fact Sheet

The National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS) was developed in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007, SEC. 689c to help family members separated after an emergency or major disaster to communicate and reunite with one another.

Since that time, non-federal technologies, including American Red Cross Safe and Well, Facebook Safety Check, and Google Person Finder are now providing these services. In addition, the increased prevalence of smart phone use with texting capability makes a government-sponsored reunification capability unnecessary. Due to the impact of social media and widely accepted innovative solutions, the NEFRLS has been found to be obsolete.

To reunite with family members, obtain assistance with reunification with children, or to find out more about similar assistance, please go to How Do I Find My Family? on

Last Updated: 
06/24/2019 - 12:13