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DHS/FEMA/PIA-014 National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS)

FEMA operates the National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS). The NEFRLS system is a Web-based system that, when activated, collects information from individuals to assist in reuniting family that have been displaced as a result of a presidentially-declared disaster or emergency. An initial Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) was completed and approved for the NEFRLS system on August 27, 2009. This PIA update outlines and analyzes substantive enhancements made to the NEFRLS system including new information collected on law enforcement officers for identity verification and authentication purposes. When FEMA is conducting a search on behalf of a displaced individual the collection of cell phone numbers allows the FEMA Disaster Assistance Improvement Program system to use its text messaging functions to notify the individual when an official missing person report has been submitted.

July 2011

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Last Published Date: May 10, 2019
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