Red Cross responds to earthquake in Mexico

Mexican Red Cross deploys multiple teams to at least four states

By David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor
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Rescue personnel work on a collapsed building, a day after a devastating 7.1 earthquake, in the Del Valle neighborhood of Mexico City, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2107. Efforts continue at the scenes of dozens of collapsed buildings, where…

WASHINGTON - The Mexican Red Cross has multiple teams assisting in search and rescue operations following Wednesday's deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico. 

Dozens of Mexican Red Cross teams are searching for survivors, transporting the injured to hospitals and providing first aid at the scene. 

The states most affected are Morelos, Puebla, Mexico City and the state of Mexico.

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The Mexican Red Cross has deployed dozens of doctors and nurses, alongside more than 90 ambulances and its urban rescue unit. In all, more than 500 volunteers and employees were activated in the hours immediately following the deadly quake. In addition, 17 more urban rescue units, ambulances and logistic units will arrive Wednesday.

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The American Red Cross works closely with the Mexican Red Cross to provide humanitarian aid and assistance during large emergencies. 

Disaster specialists at the American Red Cross are monitoring the situation closely, remain in close contact with colleagues at the Mexican Red Cross, and are on standby to assist. 

As in all international disasters, the American Red Cross stands ready to provide support if the national society (in this case, the Mexican Red Cross) requests outside help.

How to reach loved ones:

Disasters like the earthquake in Mexico have left many across the world looking for their loved ones, and the Red Cross is here to help. 

If you are looking for a U.S. citizen affected by recent international disasters, please contact the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 or go online.

If you are seeking information about non-U.S. citizen family members in Mexico who have been missing since the recent earthquake, click here, or call the American Red Cross Restoring Family Links Helpline at 844-782-9441.

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