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Are You “Safe and Well?”

Disaster relief Website provides peace of mind.

December 24, 2009
Commentary contributed by the American Red Cross · Hawai‘i State Chapter

Log on to the Red Cross Website at www.redcross.org and choose “List Myself as Safe and Well.” You will be asked for your pre-disaster address and phone number. You can select from a menu of pre-scripted messages that will be viewed by your loved ones such as, “I am safe and well” or “Currently at a shelter” or “Will make phone calls when available.” If you are outside the disaster-affected area and you hear from a loved one without access to a computer, you can register them yourself on the Safe and Well Website. That way, other loved ones can be reassured as well. You can actually play a part in the disaster relief effort right from your own home.

If you are concerned about a loved one, visit the “Search” page, enter the person’s name and pre-disaster phone number or address. If your loved one has registered, you will be able to view the messages that they posted. It’s that simple.

The Safe and Well Website safeguards the privacy of the disaster victim. Although the safe and well messages will be viewable by friends or family members, the site does not reveal a specific location or contact information. It is up to the disaster victim to choose who will know his or her whereabouts and how best to communicate that information.

Help people affected by disaster, like the recent tsunami, by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1 (800) RED-CROSS (733-2767) or 1 (800) 257-7575 (Spanish).

 
 

 

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