“Being separated from family and friends is one of the most stressful things a person can experience during an emergency. Not knowing where your loved ones are, not being able to contact them by phone or email adds to that anxiety,” said Red Cross State Manager Emergency Services, Diana Bernardi.
“The service helps find and reunite family, friends and loved ones during a disaster.”
If you or a loved one has been impacted by the NSW Floods, Red Cross encourages you to register or enquire through the Register.Find.Reunite service.
People can register and look for someone with Register.Find.Reunite on the website at register.redcross.org.au from a computer or any mobile device. If internet and mobile devices are down due to the emergency, people can also register and enquire in person at an evacuation or relief centre.
Red Cross has been requested to assist at three evacuation centres at Macksville, Nambucca and Bulahdelah with five volunteers in the field.
The Register.Find.Reunite service matches registrations from people affected by an emergency to enquiries made by their loved ones searching for news. Where a match is made, the person who made the enquiry will be notified.
It is important for emergency management agencies to know where people are during emergencies. By registering with Register.Find.Reunite you are also letting important services know that you are OK and what support you may need.
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