American Red Cross can accept tracing inquiries for missing loved ones in relation to Typhoon Haiyan

CLEVELAND - The American Red Cross is providing support to the Philippine Red Cross for its response to Typhoon Haiyan, which caused significant damage and a rising death toll.

At this time the American Red Cross can accept tracing inquiries for missing loved ones in relation to Typhoon Haiyan. Inquiries that will be accepted that meet the following criteria:

  • Sought persons living in the affected area who were in regular contact with their relatives in the United States before the event occurred. 
  • For family members who are not U.S. citizens.

Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747.

Those concerned about a missing family member in the Philippines should remember that many phones lines are down. As a result they should continue trying to reach their loved one. If, after several attempts, persons cannot be reached, contact the local chapter of the American Red Cross to initiate a tracing case.

People who want to donate to the American Red Cross to support the response for this typhoon can go to redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS. 

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