Family Reunification

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatrics Family Reunification Following Disasters: A Planning Tool for Healthcare Facilities

American Red Cross

American Red Cross Family Reunification Services 

Federal Emergency Management Agency

National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System

The National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS) was developed in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007, SEC. 689c to help family members separated after an emergency or major disaster to communicate and reunite with one another.

Since that time, non-federal technologies, including American Red Cross Safe and Well, Facebook Safety Check, and Google Person Finder are now providing these services. In addition, the increased prevalence of smart phone use with texting capability makes a government-sponsored reunification capability unnecessary. Due to the impact of social media and widely accepted innovative solutions, the NEFRLS has been found to be obsolete.

To reunite with family members, obtain assistance with reunification with children, or to find out more about similar assistance, please go to How Do I Find My Family? on

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

National Emergency Child Locator Center

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) collaborates with FEMA to support the reunification of children under 21 years of age with their parent or legal guardian.  Individuals reporting or searching for a child missing as a result of a disaster should call the NCMEC National Emergency Child Locator Center (NECLC) at 1-866-908-9570 or 1-877-908-9570. NECLC is only activated at the request of a State to support Presidentially-declared disasters.

Unaccompanied Minors Registry

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children maintains the Unaccompanied Minors Registry (UMR), the nation’s first national repository created to collect, store, report, and act on information related to children separated from their parent or legal guardian as a result of disaster. Reports to the UMR are received directly by the NCMEC’s 24/7 call center staff. Individuals can log on to the Unaccompanied Minors Registry (UMR). The registry is available for utilization 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In the Event of Real Emergency or Disaster Events, Contact CDPH PHEOC.
P: 312-742-7921