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Red Cross Web Site Has One Hundred Thousand Visitors re Katrina

Reuters News Wire (
Tue, 6 Sep 2005 14:04:19 -0500

Nearly 100,000 seek family on Katrina site says Red Cross

Nearly 100,000 people have registered on a Red Cross Web page set up
to help trace family members missing or separated since Hurricane
Katrina devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

The number of entries on the family links site, set up with the American
Red Cross, rose overnight from 65,000 to 94,000, according to Florian
Westphal, spokesman of the International Committee of the Red Cross

People in the disaster area can register on the Web page to inform their
family and friends that they are safe and provide their current contact
details, while those looking for loved ones can check the list for

"One message we'd like to pass to the public out there is to keep
checking it regularly because new data and entries are being added all
the time," Westphal told a briefing.

People who have re-established contact with their family members
should have their names removed from the list, which can be accessed

Within the United States, the Web site can also be reached via a toll
free phone number + 1 877 568 3317 -- corresponding to +1 877 LOVED1s.

Hundreds of thousands of evacuees are taking refuge in shelters,
hotels and private homes across the United States after one of the
country's worst natural disasters.

The ICRC, a humanitarian agency which helps countries cope with wars and
natural disasters, has also sent five family tracing experts to the
United States, at the request of the American Red Cross.

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

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