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American Red Cross: Disaster Reunification Seminar

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American Red Cross - Utah/Nevada Regional Headquarters

6616 900 East

Salt Lake City, UT 84121

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When a disaster occurs with large numbers of fatalities or injuries, individuals who are unaccounted for, damage to communication infrastructure and evacuations etc., a local jurisdiction can quickly become overwhelmed with requests from concerned loved ones. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Reunification services was primarily a reactive activity, responding to high volumes of inquiries that often overwhelmed Red Cross phone lines and emergency services, spreading efforts thin. Since Katrina, the Safe and Well website has helped alleviate this burden by allowing reunification workers to concentrate resources on those who are most vulnerable during a disaster.

As a co-lead with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Utah Division of Emergency Management for the Mass Care component of the Emergency Support Function 6, Red Cross has a commitment to provide Reunification services. The Red Cross Reunification services are incorporated into a variety of county emergency response plans, continuity of operations plans, and family communications plans that serve to ease the burden on emergency services during a disaster.

This seminar will cover instructional information regarding reunification as well as American Red Cross’ website, Safe and Well, and how it can be utilized during local emergencies.

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American Red Cross - Utah/Nevada Regional Headquarters

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