Montgomery County officials this week set up a one-stop service center for Hurricane Katrina evacuees as part of its pledge to provide housing and help find jobs for 1,000 people.
The center will be at the county's Crisis Center in Rockville and will coordinate access to education, health care, transportation and other services. Hurricane evacuees can call 240-777-1245 for information.
Red Cross officials also will be at the center, 1301 Piccard Dr., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. The center and hotline are open 24 hours a day, every day.
People wishing to make donations or volunteer may call the county's hurricane relief hotline at 240-777-2600.
In other relief efforts, the County Council has agreed to offer to be a partner to a Gulf Coast community that has yet to be selected. Officials plan to offer technical assistance, personnel and materials to help with rebuilding.
Top public safety officials this week left for New Orleans to offer additional help. Immediately after the hurricane, the county's Urban Search and Rescue Team spent a week in Hancock County, Miss. A week later, more than 75 firefighters and police officers left for New Orleans.