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Fast Track, Life360 Technologies Help Unite Tornado Victims With Their Families

Tornado Victims

First Posted: 05/25/11 03:31 PM ET Updated: 07/25/11 06:12 AM ET

As tornadoes continue to decimate the nation's midwestern states, some are having a hard time locating loved ones who may have been displaced by the disaster.

However, new technologies are helping families reconnect digitally.

Care facilities in Kansas and Missouri have seen success by using a scanning technology called Fast Track, reports CNN. It loads patient information into a database that is searchable by identifying factors such as name, place of residence, or even by photo.

"The system is basically just like FedEx or UPS," said Seth Konkel of the Sedgwick Co. Health Deptartment near Wichita, Kan.

Fast Track information can also be given to the Red Cross, so organization members can give further help in locating lost victims. This is in addition to the Red Cross' Safe and Well people locator, which allows concerned family and friends search for people who have entered their information into its system.

Hospital officials hope the technology program can expand to all areas affected by the recent tornado disasters.

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Another technology has also been reconnecting loved ones, but this one can be accessed by any smartphone. Although it was created to be used by parents monitoring the day-to-day activities of their children, the Life360 smartphone application has also been helping victims of recent disasters.

Scott Tatum told Fox News that he was left stranded after a storm struck Mississippi. However, he still had his phone charged and, although he couldn't receive a signal to make a phone call, was able to digitally check-in through the Life360 application on his phone.

"It gave everyone a lot of relief. My family knew where I was, and felt much better about it when they got the check-in."

Fox News further reported that after a tornado struck Joplin, Mo., hundreds used the Life360 check-in function to reconnect with family and friends.

For more information on how to help tornado victims both in Joplin and around the Midwest, check out HuffPost's "How You Can Help Victims Of The Joplin Missouri Tornado."

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Filed by Carly Gillis  |