Constituent Services
Higgins Calls on Western New Yorkers to Help Hurricane Katrina Victims, Show Generosity of Spirit; Lists Help Resources
August 31, 2005

 Buffalo, NY—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) provided Western New Yorkers with information on how to help Hurricane Katrina victims, and urged an outpouring of help from the region.
 
 “My deepest sympathies go out to the victims of this tragic and deadly hurricane,” said Congressman Higgins.  “All of us in Western New York stand with our fellow Americans in the devastated areas and will work to bring assistance, and help rebuild from this great calamity.”
 
Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama this week.  Below are some key phone numbers and websites for the latest information on the hurricane, information on how to make a donation to help with disaster relief, and how to locate a friend or relative:
 
Search and Rescue/Family-Friend location:
• FEMA: (800) 621-FEMA (3362)  or www.fema.gov
• Search and rescue emergency line for the State Office of Emergency Preparedness in Baton Rouge: (225) 925-7708; (225) 925-7709; (225) 925-3511; (225) 925-7412.
• To inquire about family and friends that did not evacuate the Greater New Orleans area contact the American Red Cross: (866) 438-4636
To donate money:
• American Red Cross (800) HELP NOW (435-7669) or www.redcross.org
• American Red Cross, Southeast Chapter: (800) 229-8191
• Operation Blessing (800) 436-6348
• America's Second Harvest (800) 344-8070
To donate money or volunteer
• Adventist Community Services (800) 381-7171
• Catholic Charities, USA (703) 549-1390
• 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
• Lutheran Disaster Response (800) 638-3522
• Mennonite Disaster Service (717) 859-2210
• Nazarene Disaster Response (888) 256-5886
• Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (800) 872-3283
• Salvation Army (800) SAL-ARMY (725-2769)
• Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief (800) 462-8657, ext. 6133
• United Methodist Committee on Relief (800) 554-8583
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