One of the resulting tragedies of disaster is that families can often become separated. In addition to supplying people, expertise, and equipment, the American Red Cross is helping reconnect families separated by Typhoon Haiyan. The International Committee of the Red Cross has now launched a website to assist these families. Concerned family and friends can search the site to see if their loved one is listed as either “I am alive” or “missing.” They can also choose to list their loved one as “missing.”
The Philippine Red Cross responders are actively gathering information on persons who are safe and well and updating the “I am alive” listings. Families should check the website regularly for updates.
For those who are searching for U.S. citizens missing in the Philippines, the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services has an additional resource. Check their Task Force Alert system (https://tfa.state.gov/ccd) or call 1-888-407-4747.