Fellow business blogger Tom Foster asked that I share his note about this resource now available to help people affected by the hurricane get connected to their loved ones. Here is his note. Please share.
I was looking at all the message boards of all the people looking for people, each board centered around a city, but they are jammed, still like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Then we said, hey, most everybody had a phone number. What if we put together a site where each message board was centered around the phone number. It would have to house a half a million message boards, so that´s what we did.
We put together a new server with enough bandwidth and have the site up as you are reading this. I am sending out the following email to all of my friends and lists. I thought you may have some lists or contacts you could forward this on to.
Survivors can register "I’m OK"
We just finished the site. It is now up and operational, scalable and should do the job.
Family and friends continue to search for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Our new web registry will allow someone to search for a specific person instead of combing message boards organized by city.
Survivors can register "I’m OK" or have someone else register for them that "I’m OK." Aid stations and relief centers can use this registry to assist people in making their whereabouts visible to their family and friends.
The search side of the site allows for a specific pinpoint search for a person by household rather than generic searches by city. All the search requires is the person’s telephone number from before the disaster. Family and friends searching for the same person can communicate with each other through the message board tied to that phone number.
We need your help to make this registry known ASAP. Please forward this link to people you know who may be searching for people affected by the disaster.
Your help is sincerely appreciated.
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