How You Can Help
Many of the people left homeless do not have the money to stay in hotels or eat in restaurants. Thousands of people have been left without food, clothing, or shelter. Michael Brown, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, urged people to make cash contributions to organizations. Donations are used to issue cash vouchers to victims.
The following agencies are helping with the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina:
The Red Cross is operating more than 250 shelters across seven states, providing a safe haven for nearly 42,000 evacueesmany who have been left homeless by Katrina. The first priority is meeting the urgent, critical needs of those people, which include providing emergency shelter, food, and water.
AmeriCares is sending an emergency response team to Mississippi to prepare for distribution of aid to people affected by Hurricane Katrina. They will assess the most important needs and begin to coordinate relief shipments of personal hygiene products as well as cleaning materials.
Episcopal Relief & Development
ERD immediately sent emergency funds to the Diocese of Mississippi. This emergency assistance will help people whose homes are destroyed or severely damaged. ERD support will help the diocese provide aid to community members through two mobile response trailers, which are equipped with supplies like chainsaws and generators to assist in the recovery.
United Methodist Committee on Relief
UMCOR Disaster Response executive Tom Hazelwood will arrive in Jackson, Mississipppi, Thursday to tour the coastal areas and to initialize the Mississippi Annual Conference disaster response efforts. UMCOR is committed to the most vulnerable people affected by this hurricane.
There is an urgent need for both health kits and flood buckets. These collections of everyday items help families recover during the early days after a major disaster. The health kits contain items such as a toothbrush, washcloth, and soap. The flood buckets contain items like gloves, household cleaners, and bleach to help people clean their homes to make them livable again.
A $100 donation to the Salvation Army will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household clean-up kit containing brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies.
Catholic Charities provide long-term recovery work in disasters. Long-term services include temporary and permanent housing, direct assistance beyond food and water to get people back into their homes, job placement counseling, and medical and prescription drug assistance.
Operation Blessing was among the first to respond. Truckloads of food and mobile kitchen equipment have been delivered by OBI to Salvation Army staging areas in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida.
After four mobile kitchens and dozens of mobile canteens from partnering groups are in place, OBI will be helping provide up to 310,000 meals a day to storm victims in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
America's Second Harvest
America's Second Harvest is in need of food and funds to respond to Hurricane Katrina. Currently, at least 10 food banks and hundreds of related agencies have been hit by Hurricane Katrina.
Adventist Community Services
After medical evaluation, those who have been rescued will receive blankets, new clothing, and personal kits, including toiletries, from ACS Disaster Response volunteers before they are transported to nearby shelters.
Christian Disaster Response
1-941-956-5183 or 1-941-551-9554
Choose a "Gift of the Heart" kit to prepare and send it to Christian Disaster Response. You can get a list of the items to put in “Gift of the Heart” kits on their Web site. http://www.cdresponse.org/cdrhome.html
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
CRWRC has mounted an ambitious campaign to raise $2 million for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Donations will provide emergency relief food and shelter, deploy rapid response teams to get needs quickly assessed, clean up debris, purchase building materials and repair homes, and provide funding for long-term reconstruction in those areas hardest hit.
Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope officials began moving trucks of supplies as near to the hurricane-affected areas as possible on Monday. They are looking ahead to the Labor Day holiday weekend when they will mobilize trucks to bring in supplies.
Nazarene Disaster Response
Supplies and volunteers arrived from Nazarene Disaster Response from as far away as Washington State and Maine, with up to 250 people working per day.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
When rebuilding efforts begin, PDA will be lining up work teams for the region affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Southern Baptist ConventionDisaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440
Feeding units and locations have been set up in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.