Red Cross Technology to Help in Disasters

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — American Red Cross officials say they have new technology to help the public during disasters — right in time for the U.S. hurricane season.

Joe Becker, senior vice president for Red Cross Disaster Services, says the agency has redesigned The Safe and Well site, which helps relatives and friends find one another in a disaster to allow customizing of messages and updating of Facebook and Twitter.

The site is available at www.redcross. org on a computer or on a smartphone at From any phone, dialing 1-800-RED-CROSS or 1-800-733-2767, will connect the caller with an operator who will complete the registration.

In addition, the “Find Shelter” link on pulls information from the National Shelter System and allows people to view a Google map and search for an open shelter closest to them.

“Every day, millions of people use the Web to connect with friends and family, and the Red Cross is using the same technology to help people prepare for, stay safe and connect with loved ones during an emergency,” Becker said in a statement.

“And we’re very excited to have both an improved Safe and Well site and a real-time way to find shelter locations this hurricane season.”

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