1286 children reunited with their families

Published: November 25, 2008 | 7308th good news item since 2003

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and Gold Coast parents that the heroic thing: they would load their children on to the rescue helicopters first.

Having no idea about which rescue helicopter was which, here and soon found himself in the horror situation of having no ID where do children were investing no way to contact them.

Children often ended up in shelters hundreds of miles away from the parents.

On March 16, 2006 the last child was reunited with his parents.

Much of the work of locating and reuniting children with their parents was done by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

The center used to techniques to reunite families: old-fashioned shoe work, beating the streets and talking with people, and spreading the word to the media.

The Hurricane Katrina hotline and website were used to accept information provided by the public.

Public support was so huge with up to 20 million hits a day to the web site that it soon brought the server down. The center appeal to Sun Microsystems for help; within a day a high-end server was delivered and set up to help manage the web traffic.

The center itself also so local to credit on to the media, calling it the media’s finest hour.

CNN for example was doing daily into fugues on the scene about stories of lost children.

People magazine read a story about a two-year-old girl in a shelter in Mississippi. Using her first name but no last name, because nobody knew it, Kalite Unknown was reunited in use in with her mother after her mother told CNN.

In yet another case one of the centers team members was trying to get information from another two-year-old girl. The girl was too traumatized to give any information about herself, her family, or her address.

Working on a whim to team member took a digital photo of the girl and showed it to her. The little girl pointed to the digital image and said “That’s Gabby!”

A database search showed that the mother was looking for a Gabriella Alexander: mother and daughter were reunited days after.

Many lessons were learned from the work of reuniting families after Hurricane Katrina.

The federal government has designated the center is an national emergency child location Center in case of future disasters.

The center would like to remind everybody to be properly prepared for disaster at all times.

You should know where your children are at all times. When disaster strikes keep the family together.

Make sure you have up-to-date photos with your children and carry one of them wish you at all times.

In general, but especially when a disaster strikes, make sure your child has proper identification which include name, birth date I’m a address is, and phone numbers.

During an disaster use a sharpie or another marker to write this type of information on the body of younger children.

Take digital photos of all family members, or have regular photos bitch spiced, an e-mail or mail them to your extended family and your friends. Talk as early as today which are children what they should do in case they become separated from the family.

Published in Hurricane Katrina
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