Press Release: Ft. Worth, TX 9.22.08

Red Cross Encourages Evacuees to Register on Safe and Well

Locating friends and loved ones eases uncertainty as evacuees begin returning home or relocating closer to their homes

Ft. Worth, TX, Sept. 22, 2008 – As evacuees from Hurricane Ike begin to return home, the American Red Cross encourages affected families to register on Safe and Well. This secure online tool helps to reconnect loved ones separated by disaster. There have been more than 5,000 registrations on the Red Cross Safe and Well site since Hurricane Ike slammed into the Gulf Coast.

One family who used the Safe and Well site successfully allowed us to share their story.

On September 12, just a day before Hurricane Ike hit, Laurie Pedigo spoke with her uncle in Galveston. His plan was to hunker down and ride out the storm with his wife and daughter. When Laurie had not heard from her uncle after seven days, she became concerned. Adding to Laurie’s distress was the fact that her uncle had only recently been released from the hospital after major surgery.

She searched for her family using the Red Cross Safe and Well website and eventually found her uncle’s message, “Family and I are safe and well. Currently at a hotel. Will make phone call when able, will e-mail when able.” Laurie is now secure in the knowledge that her family will remain out of harm’s way. Expressing her relief Laurie said, “I am so glad to know they are safe and I am confident I will hear from them just as soon as it is possible.”

The Safe and Well website is easy to use:

Visit, and click on the Safe and Well link.

If you are currently being affected by a disaster, click: ‘List Myself as Safe and Well,’ enter your pre-disaster address and phone number, and select any of the standard message options.

If you are concerned about a loved one, click ‘Search’ and enter the person’s name and pre-disaster phone number or address. If they have registered, you will be able to view the messages that they posted.

If you don’t have internet access, you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to register yourself and your family. Follow prompts for disaster information.

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Media Contact:

  • Carrie Housman (202) 631-9177

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