The wrath of Hurricane Katrina has destroyed lives and livelihoods along America’s Gulf Coast. This loss is shared by all of us, and today we all grieve as one American family. Even as we grieve, we must take quick action to stem the crisis and help those in desperate need.
I am pleased Speaker Hastert agreed to my request for a special session of Congress to get to work immediately and bring relief to the victims of this horrific disaster. This is a clear and unmistakable bipartisan signal to the people of the Gulf Coast region that we will do everything in our power to recover and rebuild.
While Congress works to provide assistance to those affected by this disaster, many of my constituents are wondering what they can do. I have included information below on how you may be of help.
While we are all devastated by this tragedy, our faith and determination ensure that we will do all that we can to stem the crisis and help those in desperate need.
Feel free to forward this information to your family and friends. For more information on my work in Congress, to express your views, or to sign up for email updates, visit www.house.gov/pelosi .
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Businesses and Contractors Offering Services:
The Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC) serves as the nation’s nerve center for information sharing and domestic incident management. At the request
of the HSOC – the National Emergency Resource Registry (NERR) has been activated. THE NERR- stands ready to assist the coordination efforts between the resources that are needed and the resources that may be available. If you or your organization / agency / corporation have resources that may be made available to the response agencies, please list them in the Resource Registry.
The Florida Medical Volunteer Registry is accepting applications for licensed medical personnel to work in the areas affected by hurricane Katrina in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida. Volunteers can register at http://disasterhelp.net/medical/ .
Personnel can also check the American College of Emergency Physicians website at http://www.acep.org/webportal/MemberCenter/AboutACEP/katrina.htm to learn of needs around the country, as they are announced.
Specific state information, as available at the time of this publication, follows:
Louisiana, Louisiana State Medical Society:
Mississippi, Doctors call: 601-987-3079; EMTs call: 601-576-8085; Nurses
Texas, Texas Medical Association:
American Red Cross 1-800-435-7669 English, 1-800-257-7575 Spanish
Operation Blessing 1-800-436-6348
America’s Second Harvest 1-800-344-8070
- Adventist Community Services 1-800-381-7171
- Catholic Charities, USA 703 549-1390
- Christian Disaster Response 941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554
- Christian Reformed World Relief Committee 1-800-848-5818
- Church World Service 1-800-297-1516
- Convoy of Hope 417-823-8998
- Lutheran Disaster Response 1-800-638-3522
- Mennonite Disaster Service 717-859-2210
- Nazarene Disaster Response 888-256-5886
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 1-800-872-3283
- Salvation Army 1-800-725-2769
- Southern Baptist Convention — Disaster Relief 1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440
- United Methodist Committee on Relief 1-800-554-8583
For further information: please visit the website for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) at: http://www.nvoad.org/