Hurricane Katrina

Online Resources and How to Help

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Compiled from Staff and Wire Reports
Tuesday, September 27, 2005; 11:34 PM

Resources for finding missing persons and for getting and giving emergency assistance.

Get Emergency Assistance

FEDERAL

FEMA: http://www.fema.gov/

LOUISIANA

katrina.louisiana.gov/financial_assistance.htm

Department of Labor: http://www.laworks.net/, 225-342-3111

To file for disaster unemployment assistance: 800-818-7811.

Department of Social Services: 888-LAHELPU (888-524-3578).

MISSISSIPPI

http://www.mississippi.gov/

Department of Economic Security: mdes.ms.gov/wps/portal/#null

Emergency Management Agency: http://www.mema.ms.gov/

Disaster unemployment assistance: 888-844-3577

ALABAMA

Unemployment information: http://www.alabama.gov/working/unemployment.php

Unemployment compensation contacts: dir.alabama.gov/uc/phone.aspx

Department of Human Resources: dhr.state.al.us

Department of Public Health: http://www.adph.org/

To file an unemployment benefits claim: 866-234-5382

Locate People

 * International Committee of the Red Cross Locate Relatives Service

 * U.S. Government Katrina Help Resource List

 * National Next of Kin Registry

 * Salvation Army Health and Welfare Information Request Form

 * FEMA Disaster Assistance Process

 * NowPublic Missing Persons Board

 * Nola.com Missing Persons Board

 * Nola.com "I'm Okay" Board

 * Nola.com Homes Available Board

 * Nola.com Pet Rescue Board

 * WDSU-TV Safe/Missing Persons Boards (By Parish)

 * WWL-TV Missing Persons Forum

 * WWL-TV Post If You're Okay Board

 * Houma, La., Courier: Storm Forum

 * Sunherald (Miss.) Missing Persons Board

 * The Mississippi Press Missing Persons Forum

 * CNN.com Safe List

 * MSNBC "Looking For" List

 * Yahoo Hurricane Katrina Message Boards (Broken out by city)

 * Housing Offers on Houston Chronicle

 * Housing and Other Offers of Help on KatrinaLodging.net

 * Craig's List Lost and Found

 * Katrina Family and Friends Forum

Make a Donation

Victims of Hurricane Katrina throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are in need of immediate medical care, food, water and temporary housing. Some of the organizations accepting donations:

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

 * America's Second Harvest, 800-344-8070

 * American Jewish Committee 212-751-4000, ext.218

 * Adventist Community Services, 800-381-7171

 * B'nai B'rith International, 1-888-388-4224

* Bush - Clinton Katrina Fund

 * Catholic Charities USA, 800-919-9338

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

 * Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, 800-848-5818

 * Church World Service, 800-297-1516

 * Convoy of Hope, 417-823-8998

 * Corporation for National and Community Service Disaster Relief Fund, 202-606-6718

 * Episcopal Relief & Development, 800-334-7626, ext. 5129

 * Feed the Children, 800-525-7575

 * Humane Society of the United States

 * Heart of Florida United Way, 407-835-0900

 * Hearts With Hands, 828-667-1912

 * Institute of Southern Jewish Life Katrina Relief Fund, 601-362-6357

 * International Relief and Development, 703-248-0161

 * Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

 * Lutheran Disaster Response, 800-638-3522

 * Mennonite Disaster Service, 717-859-2210

 * Mercy Corps

 * Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund, 866-230-8903

 * MoveOn.org Housing Offers/Searches

 * Nazarene Disaster Response, 888-256-5886

 * National Trust for Historic Preservation Hurricane Relief Fund

 * Oxfam America

 * Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, 800-872-3283

 * Salvation Army, 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

 * Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, 800-462-8657, Ext. 6440

 * United Jewish Communities, 877-277-2477

 * United Methodist Committee on Relief, 800-554-8583

 * United Way Hurricane Katrina Response Fund, 800-272-4630

 * Union for Reform Judaism 

 * Avoid Katrina-Related Scams and Hoaxes (Security Fix Blog)

Volunteer

 * MoveOn.org Housing Offers/Searches

 * KatrinaHelp Wiki

 * The Baton Rouge Advocate: How to Help

 * Craig's List  Volunteer Listings


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