American Red Cross announces family linking |

American Red Cross announces family linking

DENVER – The American Red Cross, with support of the worldwide Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, is launching a website to help assist family members who are seeking news about loved ones living in the path of Hurricane Katrina. Visit the “Family Links Registry” via to register yourself, a missing relative or view the existing list of registrants. Evacuees wishing to inform loved ones of their location can register their name by clicking on “Family Links Registry” on the same site. Concerned people can register the names of their loved ones and view the list of those already posted. Due to the extent of the damage and the number of people displaced, concerned friends and family members are encouraged to visit the site daily to consult the list, which will be updated continuously. A toll-free hotline is being established for those who do not have internet access. During the unprecedented hurricane season of last year, with four hurricanes in just six weeks, the American Red Cross received more than 300,000 phone calls – most coming from people looking for missing loved ones. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, people are again turning to the Red Cross for help, according to the organization. The Family Links website is a voluntary, self-registration system. The Red Cross has no means of verifying the information posted. Since it is a public site, information posted is not confidential. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money.

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