Press Release: Ft. Worth, TX 9.22.08

September 23, 2008

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 www.redcross.org, 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.

For additional stories and information, including audio clips and photos please visit the Online Newsroom: https://hurricaneike.wordpress.com/


Media Contact:

  • Carrie Housman (202) 631-9177
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Register on Safe and Well Site

September 13, 2008

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Near Ike? Register yourself as Safe and Well

If you or your loved ones are in the potentially affected areas, register yourself on the Red Cross Safe and Well Website at http://www.redcross.org, or call a loved one and ask them to register you. The Red Cross provides this online tool to help families and individuals notify loved ones that they are safe during an emergency, which can help bring peace of mind in challenging times.

The Safe and Well Website is easy to use:

Visit http://www.redcross.org, and click on the Safe and Well link

  1. If you are currently being affected by these disasters,click: “List Myself as Safe and Well,’ enter your pre-disaster address and phone number, and select any of the standard message options.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 the prompts for disaster information.

Press Release: National 9.11.08

September 11, 2008

American Red Cross Urges, “Prepare for Ike”
As Hurricane Ike nears the Gulf Coast, evacuating Texans are urged to spare their families worry by registering on the Red Cross Safe and Well Web site.

Hurricane Ike is expected to make landfall late Friday evening or early Saturday morning, affecting areas of Texas and Louisiana. As the Red Cross continues moving relief supplies to Texas, its message to residents is urgent: listen to the directions of local officials; prepare to evacuate if told to do so; and register on the Red Cross Safe and Well Web site.

Before you evacuate your home, call someone you love and tell them you are safe. Then, ask them to register you on Safe and Well (disastersafe.redcross.org), the Web site that allows people directly affected by a disaster to let their loved ones know that they are okay. Safe and Well is also accessible through the American Red Cross public Web site, www.redcross.org. For those without internet access, you can register yourself and your family by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). Follow the prompts for disaster information.
Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:

  • Prescription and emergency medications.
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements.
  • Identification and important personal documents.
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items.
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys.
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled.

When evacuating, be sure to pack medications and other supplies that you or a member of your family cannot do without. The Red Cross provides as many of items as possible for shelter resident’s comfort, but everything you need might not be readily available in a short-term shelter.

As the Red Cross continues helping individuals and families battered by the 2008 storms and hurricanes, a national fundraising campaign has been launched to raise an initial $100 million to fill a Disaster Relief Fund depleted after an active year of disasters. The Disaster Relief Fund allows the Red Cross to provide emergency assistance to help victims of disasters meet their immediate needs for food, shelter, counseling and other critical services.
You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Hurricanes of 2008, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. You can log-on to http://www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) to make a donation. You can also use your cell phone to donate $5 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by text messaging the keyword “GIVE” to “2HELP” (24357). You can send multiple donations depending on your carrier. Contributions will appear on monthly bills or be debited from a prepaid account balance. All applicable text rates apply.


Handout: Create a Safe and Well Card to Prepare for Evacuations

September 7, 2008

By creating an emergency contact list, you can better prepare yourself and your family for emergencies and disasters. Keep this card close with you in case of an evacuation.