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American Red Cross is helping people connect with loved ones, as part of the response to Typhoon Haiyan

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

American Red Cross is helping people connect with loved ones, as part of the response to Typhoon Haiyan

American Red Cross, Southern Missouri Region: 11/12/2013 - The American Red Cross has activated its family tracing services to answer a call for help from people who are still seeking information from family members affected by the typhoon. Communication is still very limited in the hardest hit communities, many phone lines are still down and roads may be impassable. If people are unable to reach loved ones, they may contact the local chapter of the American Red Cross to initiate a family tracing case. Our national team at the American Red Cross is in close contact with the Philippine Red Cross, and will be sending more help and assistance in the days ahead. At this time, the Disaster Service team in southern Missouri has initiated 3 tracing requests and will continue to take calls, providing assistance as needed.

Inquiries will be accepted that meet the following criteria:

  • Sought persons living in the affected areas who were in regular contact with their relatives in the United States before the disaster occurred.
  • For family members who are not U.S. citizens.

Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747. Please remember that this phone number is frequently busy during the first days of a large disaster.

People who want to donate to the American Red Cross to support the response for this typhoon can go to redcross.org

  • Help people affected by the Pacific Typhoon by going to redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
  • Mail in a donation to your local Red Cross chapter.
  • For corporate or larger community fundraising events, please contact your local Red Cross chapter. Contact information for your local Red Cross can be found on www.redcross.org. About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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