Monthly archives: April, 2016
RESTORING FAMILY LINKS
The chaos and confusion that accompany war, disaster and international migration can separate families when they need each other most. When this happens, the Red Cross joins the search across international borders, offering a unique service that allows families to reconnect, called Restoring Family Links.
On 16th April 2016 at 6:58pm local time, an earthquake registering 7.8 magnitude struck off Ecuador’s northwest coast at a depth of 20 kilometers, causing widespread damage. The epicenter of the quake was about 27 kilometers from the northwestern town of Muisne and 170 kilometers from Quito.
As of 18 April 2016, more than 300 people have been confirmed dead, more than 2,600 people injured. These figures are expected to continue to rise as assessments teams gain access to remote affected areas.
RESTORING FAMILY LINKS RESPONSE
- Affected populations are Ecuadorians and Colombians living in the northern part of the country. The Restoring Family Links response aims to help those affected in Ecuador and abroad, to inquire about their family members and ensure they are okay.
- The Ecuadorian Red Cross has teams in the areas most hit by the earthquake. It is undertaking an evaluation but has not yet assessed all affected areas so needs for Restoring Family Links services may increase.
- The Colombian Red Cross has also activated its RFL services accordingly.
HOW TO SUBMIT AN INQUIRY
Inquiries will be accepted that meet the following criteria:
- Persons believed to have lost communication with their relatives living in Ecuador, and had regular contact with their relatives before contact was lost.
- For immediate family members ONLY (parents, siblings, children, spouses, fiancées, grandparents or legal guardians) who are not U.S. citizens.
Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 and http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/overseas-citizens-services.shtml .
*If the inquiry meets the criteria listed above, you can get help or find more information by calling the American Red Cross office in Chicago at 312-729-6238.*