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Safe and Well website helps families connect after typhoon

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The American Red Cross is providing an online tool that could help many of those looking for family members after Typhoon Hiayan.

The devastation left in the typhoons wake has left areas of the Philippines without power and made communication nearly impossible for many -- making it difficult for those trying to locate loved ones.

"I just want to hear that my folks are OK. It has been so hard," said Clifton Park resident Imelda Browning.

Browning is not alone, Nicole Tripp of Duanesburg heard from her father Ronald Welton just after the typhoon, but now it's been days without any word.

"We're not sure you know what his communication is at this point. We're not even sure whether well be able to contact him again," she says. "I don't know how much he's eating. I don't know how much they're eating. I don't know about dysentery. I don't know what's happening with their water being contaminated. It's devastating to say the least."

The American Red Cross is offering a link where people can register themselves if they are safe and well following this disaster and people can search the name of someone they want to locate.  

The Red Cross says the tool is for those searching for people that are not U.S. citizens. Those searching for U.S. citizens will need to go through the State Department. 

"We've had a few people call us and we've tried to help them with the family links. What we're trying to do is reach out to the groups in the area that local Philippine residents are involved in and that way we can make sure they understand what services we can provide either the restoring family links if people need any mental health support," said Gary Striar, CEO of Northeastern New York Region American Red Cross.

You can access the Safe and Well registration here


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