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September 6, 2005

Although much information about helping Hurricane Katrina victims is available on TV and various websites, I pass along the following from two Richmond sources, the Mayor’s Office and Tarnel Abbott, Librarian, Richmond Public Library (attached file). Hurricane Katrina  Relief.doc

To locate missing loved ones from the area:



For maps of the flooded areas and closed roads:



Frequently Asked Questions:



To volunteer or make a donation:



The American Red Cross

American Red Cross

1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English,

1-800-257-7575 Spanish;


Richmond Chapter of the Red Cross

3200 MacDonald Avenue

Richmond, CA  94804

(510) 307-4400

Family Members

If you know friends or family impacted by the disaster, affected individuals can register online for disaster assistance at www.fema.gov or call FEMA's toll-free registration line 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) - TTY 800-462-7585, hours.

The State Office of Emergency Services  has learned that trapped victims on the Gulf Coast are calling family, friends, loved-ones, or anyone they can get a call out to in California asking for someone to rescue them. It is vital that these requests go to the US Coast Guard's Rescue Line at 800-323-7233 and immediate assistance will be sent. For more information, please contact the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (916) 845-8400.

As a personal note, I received the following last Friday from a high school friend whose brother lives in New Orleans:

Good to hear from you.  Unfortunately it has been a horrific week for ___.  He heads up the psychiatric department of the emergency room at Charity Hospital.  He went to the hospital Saturday or Sunday and has been there with a limited staff since then.  ____ flew from NO to Washington D.C. Saturday morning so she is okay.  ___ has been caring for 130-140 patients and dealing with all the issues we hear about on TV.  I think it helped that Dr. Gupta was broadcasting from Charity to get some attention on their situation.  Kathy has been in touch with Marty Steele to see if he can pull any strings to get help at Charity.  ___ hopes they will all be evacuated this afternoon.  According to ___, they will retrieve what they can from their house (at a later date of course) and never set foot in New Orleans again.