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Red Cross activates family tracing service for those missing in Philippines

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The Red Cross has activated its family tracing services. The Red Cross has activated its family tracing services.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - The American Red Cross has activated its family tracing services for those who are looking for missing family members in the Philippines, where a powerful typhoon struck Friday.

Communication is very limited in the hardest hit areas with many phone lines down. If you are trying to reach someone in the Philippines and can not get through, the Red Cross suggests that you keep trying.

If you do not have any luck contacting family members, you can contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross to have them start a tracing case.

When working a tracing case, Red Cross volunteers in the U.S. team up with members of the International Committee of the Red Cross to contact people in disaster-stricken areas, according to American Red Cross Regional Communications Officer Janet McGuire. Sometimes messages are hand-delivered by volunteers.

If you would like to ask the Red Cross to perform a family tracing service, contact Florida's West Coast Region of the American Red Cross at 877-741-1444. The region covers Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee, Desoto and Charlotte counties.

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