American Red Cross Safe and Well website helps families stay connected

As conditions continue to change in Washington state, many residents have been forced to evacuate their homes. During this ongoing crisis, the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter offers local residents, who are looking for families and friends in the affected area, another resource to locate loved ones. In addition to using regular lines of communication such as the telephone and e-mail, concerned family members can use the Red Cross Safe and Well web site available at www.rainier-redcross.org. Family and friends using the Red Cross Safe and Well web site can log on and search for registered individuals to learn of their whereabouts and safety.

The website provides a way for individuals and families affected by a disaster to register themselves as “safe and well.” Participants chose from a list of standard messages and select those which they wish to communicate to their family members, letting them know of their well-being. People without access to a computer or without electricity or connectivity can call the Red Cross (1-800-REDCROSS) for help registering, or contact a loved one to register on their behalf. Only individuals who have registered for Red Cross Safe and Well service will appear on the web site.

Please note that the Safe and Well web site safeguards the privacy of the disaster victim. Although these messages will be viewable by friends or family members who conduct a successful search, the site does not reveal a specific location or contact information. Visit www.rainier-redcross.org and click on Safe and Well.

For complete information on how everyone can prepare themselves in the event of a disaster, including all the items that should be included in a disaster supplies kit, please visit www.rainier-redcross.org. Here you will find information on how to Be Red Cross Ready:

*       Assemble your Disaster Supplies Kits (3-7 days worth of supplies)
*       Make a family communication plan in case of emergency
*       Get trained in Red Cross first aid & CPR

 In Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Lewis, and Grays Harbor Counties contact your

American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter
http://www.rainier-redcross.org .

(253) 474-0400 in Pierce County
(360) 352-8575 Thurston-Mason Counties
(360) 748-4607 Lewis County

(360) 249-2341 Grays Harbor Counties

The American Red Cross is a non-profit, humanitarian agency dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. For more preparedness information, please visit www.redcrosswashington.org for links to Red Cross chapter web sites in Washington State.

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