For immediate release 30 January 2019
Australian Red Cross and Tasmania Police have opened Register.Find.Reunite to register evacuations and assist people affected by the South West Fires in Tasmania 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, Howard Colvin.
“The service helps find and reunite family, friends and loved ones during a disaster.”
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 communications are down due to the emergency, people can also register and enquire in person at:
- Huonville Town Hall
- Huon Valley PCYC Evacuation Centre, 42 Wilmot Road Huonville, (Only for people staying AT the evacuation 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. By registering with Register.Find.Reunite you are also letting important services know that you are OK and what support you may need.
MEDIA CONTACT: email@example.com (02) 8265 3074 (diverts to on-call adviser after hours)