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How to Stay Connected With Families During Disasters

American Red Cross resources can be used to let family and friends know about your welfare during emergencies. This is good information of which to be aware if your area happens to flood this weekend.

Floods are the most frequent and costly natural disasters, industry sources indicate.

This week, St. Louis County emergency responders, and residents of Chesterfield braced for the aftermath of what Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac may bring to the region this weekend.

One way individuals can prepare for emergencies is to become familiar with the American Red Cross Safe and Well website. It is a central location for people in disaster areas in the United States to register their current status, and for their loved ones to access that information. Click here to check it out.

According to the website, users can:

  • If you are currently being affected by a disaster somewhere in the United States, 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 in the United States, click Search Registrants 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 they have posted.

Safe and Well is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is accessible in both English and Spanish.

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