Operation Reconnect is a hotline for locating individuals who evacuated in response to Hurricane Ike. Friends and family members who call the hotline will be asked to provide the name of their loved one, and operators will search the DSS database of evacuees as well as the Red Cross Safe and Well list. It is important to note that the Red Cross list only includes residents who allow their names to be released.
Texas Missing Persons Resources
Texas Department of State Health Services
Phone: (888) 777-5320
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has established a toll-free number that people can call to locate those with special medical needs who were evacuated because of Hurricane Ike.
People may call (888) 777-5320 beginning at noon, Saturday (Sept. 13). Phones will be answered from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and callers may leave a message at other times. Callers need to provide information such as the name, address, date of birth, gender, last know location and specific medical special need of the evacuee.
Callers will be notified once the evacuee is located but will not be given the specific location or health information of the evacuee. The evacuee will be given the contact information of the caller.
To aid victims of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike who live with serious mental illnesses, NAMI has established the NAMI Hurricane Relief Fund. To make donations to this fund, visit www.nami.org/HurricaneRelief.
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