Service to help families

WHEN Mother Nature decides to take a turn for the worst, there is nothing scarier than not knowing if your family or friend is okay.

The Red Cross yesterday launched its latest service, Restoring Family Links of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service spokeswoman Kate Jones said the service aimed to reunite friends and family when disaster strikes.

"The new website gives you key information on how we can help find a member of your family and enables you to access the trusted services of the Red Cross and Red Crescent wherever you are," Ms Jones said.

Visit the website, familylinks.icrc.org and enter the country in which you are and the country in which your family member might be.

The website will tell you:

  • Under what circumstances you can make a request and what services are offered in a specific country
  • Who will be able to help you in the country where you are
  • Who will look for your family member in the country where that person might be
  • It will give you the address and phone numbers of the Red Cross or Red Crescent Society in your country.

"It is backed by specialists from the Red Cross and Red Crescent around the world who will help you on a personal basis," Ms Jones said.



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