Q&A from the field: Reconnecting loved ones in Dominica

Q&A from the field: Reconnecting loved ones in Dominica

Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused massive destruction across the United States and the Caribbean. Power, connectivity, and damaged infrastructure left many on residents of islands without basic necessities—or a way to get in touch with loved ones.

Dominica was the first amongst Caribbean islands to be hit by Hurricane Maria. Because the island nation’s communication infrastructure was so severely impacted, many of the 73,000 residents on the island still don’t know what damage has been done to neighboring communities and still have no idea if the ones they love are safe. Through our family reconnection project, Restoring Family Links, the Red Cross is able to help people on Dominica locate missing family members via phone calls and written letters.

We spoke to Susan Schaefer, a Red Cross disaster responder, about her deployment to Dominica.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 10/4/2016-10/7/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 10/4/2016-10/7/2016

Hurricane Matthew: Due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew, the Bahamas Red Cross is attending to the need of storm hit communities by dispatching emergency response teams to provide aid. The Red Cross attempted to evacuate communities before the storm hit and relocate them to shelters to avoid the dangers of flooding and landslides. Those who were not evacuated will need emergency assistance.

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Italy Earthquake: Red Cross Teams Join Search for Quake Survivors

Italy Earthquake: Red Cross Teams Join Search for Quake Survivors

Search and rescue teams and sniffer dogs from the Italian Red Cross are on the ground following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in the early hours of the morning today.

The towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto village in central Italy are the worst affected areas.

The Red Cross has also sent 20 ambulances to the affected areas, while local volunteers are on the ground providing support for survivors.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 8/15/2016 - 8/19/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 8/15/2016 - 8/19/2016

Mali: On August 17, it is reported that hundreds of refugees from central Mali, most of them are Fulani nomads and shepherds, have arrived in Mauritania as they fled from the growing conflict in their home country. The arrival of the refugees further put strain on the host country as aid agencies are struggling to assists 42,000 Mali refugees that fled home in 2012. For instance, UNHCR has only secured $3.6 million out of the $15.5 million budget for Mauritania this year to ensure the refugees’ wellbeing. The World Food Programme is having a lot of cuts and reduced rations.

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L.A. Red Crosser Helping Canadians after Massive Wildfires

L.A. Red Crosser Helping Canadians after Massive Wildfires

"It is touching and rewarding to have the opportunity to help..."

The American Red Cross has sent more than 50 disaster workers to help support the Canadian Red Cross after devastating wildfires forced the evacuation of more than 88,000 residents in Fort McMurray, Canada in early May. One of these Americans is Los Angeles Region Red Cross staff member Alex Rose, who is supervising a Canadian Red Cross client service center based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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