Red Cross has opened Register.Find.Reunite and is urging people affected by the Hepburn Fires to get in touch with their families and friends.
“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, Kate Siebert. “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 Hepburn Fires, 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 Red Cross website at 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 the Daylesford relief centre.
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.
For media enquiries contact Red Cross media adviser Angela Lemme firstname.lastname@example.org or 0437 331 310.