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Wild flowers along Fall Creek on the way to the Green Lakes - Oregon

Monday, January 23, 2012

Communications During Large Scale Disasters

Is there a way to communicate with family and friends during large scale disasters?

The answer is yes.

We often think of the American Red Cross (ARC) as a group of volunteers that coordinates blood drives, hands out blankets and provides meals during an emergency.

But there is a lot more!

Take a look at ARC's web site at  At this site you can donate, get signed up for first aid training, shop and learn how to give blood.

There is another ARC site you should check out and that is

From this site, family and friends can (quoted from the site);

  • "After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. This website is designed to help make that communication easier. 
  • Register Yourself as “Safe and Well”
    Click on the “List Myself as Safe and Well” button to register yourself on the site
  • Search for Loved Ones
    Concerned family and friends can search the list of those who have registered themselves as “safe and well” by clicking on the “Search Registrants” button. The results of a successful search will display a loved one’s first name, last name and a brief message."
Do communicate this information to your families in advance.

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