American Red Cross Help Unite Missing Family Members in Kansas

List Yourself or Loved Ones on Safe and Well Website

May 05, 2007, 01:00 ET from American Red Cross

    WASHINGTON, May 5, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Even as the Red Cross
 opens shelters and begins its response to the devastating Kansas tornado,
 the Safe and Well Web site is operating to assist those who cannot reach
 loved ones. Red Cross staff, volunteers, emergency response vehicles (ERVs)
 and mobile feeding units are mobilizing from Red Cross chapters across the
 Midwest to help their neighbors in need. Red Cross workers have set up
 emergency shelters in the affected Kansas counties, providing food, water
 and emotional.
     With dozens missing and injured, it's important to stay in touch with
 your loved ones. Due to widespread power and telecommunication outages,
 critical public utilities may not be restored for several days. During this
 time, your family and friends may not be able to reach you. Neighbors can
 even join forces to help each other leave word for loved ones. To identify
 yourself as safe and well:
     * Visit and click on Safe and Well
     * If you are in the affected area, list yourself as Safe and Well by
       calling 1(866)GET-INFO (or 1-866-438-4636) or registering on the Safe
       and Well web site
     * If you hear from a loved one in the affected area, enter their
       information on the site to let people know they are safe and well
     * If you have phone or internet access, share that with your neighbors who
       don't.  Invite them to use your computer access to place themselves on
       the site. Share your cell phone with your neighbors who may need to call
       1(866)GET-INFO for help listing their information.
     As with any other Red Cross service or product, Safe and Well
 safeguards the privacy of disaster victims and protects their information
 according to privacy law standards. Messages -- but not locations -- will
 be viewable by friends and family. The Red Cross recommends that people
 affected should determine how best to communicate their contact information
 and whereabouts to family members. During the initial hours of this
 disaster it is important to stay connected with loved ones. Take action now
 by visiting
     All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by
 voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can
 help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year,
 disasters like the tornadoes that devastated central Kansas, by making a
 financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which
 enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other
 assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor
 intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster
 please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or
 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be
 sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross,
 P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure
 online contribution by visiting

SOURCE American Red Cross