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Hurricane Katrina Information and Relief Efforts

This page provides useful information about Hurricane Katrina, links to organizations that are helping provide relief, and how to obtain disaster assistance.

Relief Organizations

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is is moving ice, water, meals, Search and Rescue and Disaster Medical Assistance teams into areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. Click here to visit FEMA's web site.

To apply for assistance call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The speech or hearing impaired may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. You may also register for assistance online here. In addition, you may find FEMA's "Help After a Disaster: Applicant's Guide to the Individuals & Households Program" helpful.

To find local shelters and other state specific information please visit:

Louisiana Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
(225) 925-7500

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency

Alabama Emergency Management Agency

Red Cross
1-866-GET-INFO (1-866-438-4636)

How to Help

Volunteer agencies provide a wide variety of services after disasters, such as clean up, childcare, housing repair, crisis counseling, sheltering and food. Below is a list of phone numbers set up solely for cash donations and/or volunteers:

American Red Cross
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English,
1-800-257-7575 Spanish

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440

Salvation Army
1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Operation Blessing

America’s Second Harvest

Adventist Community Services

Catholic Charities, USA
703 549-1390

Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Church World Service

Convoy of Hope

Lutheran Disaster Response

Mennonite Disaster Service

Nazarene Disaster Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

United Methodist Committee on Relief


Additional Resources

Relatives and loved ones who are struggling to cope with the devastation of the disaster and loss of life can contact their local American Red Cross to speak with a Disaster Mental Health volunteer.


Updated information about Hurricane Katrina

For updated information about the hurricane and relief efforts, please visit the FEMA and National Hurricane Center web sites.


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