Finding Missing Persons after Disaster Strikes

There are several resources available to aid in contacting or locating family and friends in a disaster zone.

U.S. Department of State

Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens living or traveling in the affected country should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 or 202-647-5225. When contacting the State Department, please have the following information on hand: 

  • The full name, date of birth and passport information (if known) of the person you are trying to contact. 
  • Their contact information in the country; telephone numbers, e-mail address, hotel name or address (if known) 
  • Your name and contact information, and your relationship to the person (parent, spouse, friend etc.) 
  • Any special or emergency circumstances.

Restoring Connections

Restoring Family Links is a website created by the American Red Cross, through the International Committee of the Red Cross to assist family members trying to reconnect after a disaster has struck. Access the Red Cross Restoring Family Links website. It is available in multiple languages. The information given on the website is not confidential and can be viewed by anyone. The majority of postings on the Restoring Family Links website are from people who are searching for loved ones.

Google Person Finder site is available.

Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) provides emergency communication support to the Salvation Army wherever needed. SATERN members actively assist the Salvation Army during and after natural and human disasters wherever and whenever they strike. Learn more.



Page last modified/reviewed on September 18, 2015

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