Thursday, September 01, 2005

Red Cross missing persons database - eight names and counting

I managed to track down the Red Cross database for listing missing persons. It's the same system that was used during the tsunami, but they've adapted it for Katrina. It's based with the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), not the American Red Cross.

For all intents and purposes, no one is using it.

When I looked at it, there were literally eight names in the database. Compare that to the thousands of names being collected - and distributed via RSS - through sites like and

So many people were expecting the Red Cross to step up to the plate for missing persons. For the moment, they haven't - and time is short.

Thoroughly disappointed.... -andy