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Tragedy in Japan sparks conversation of disaster planning here at home

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley is trying to reunite local families with people living in or visiting Japan.

Workers say specialized volunteers are on standby, just in case they are needed in Japan in the coming weeks, or even months.

If you are looking to touch base with a friend or relative traveling in Japan, log on to www.redcross.org/safeandwell.

There is a search feature on the site that will help you in your locating.

United States citizens are also logging on to let their families know they are okay.

The local chapter of the Red Cross says now is the time to be talking to your family about the "what if" in situations like this.

"Right now around the family table, everyone should be talking about Aunt Ruth's phone number in Chicago, here in the Mohawk Valley or someone out of the area that kids, parents, siblings, that they all have this general phone number...that if an event were to occur where we can't find each other, we can all touch base with someone out of the area as a clearing house," said Andria DeLisle Heath of the Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley.

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