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September 2, 2005
The New Orleans area has been devastated by the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
Please see the following note from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez
Commerce Supports Recovery from Hurricane Katrina
Many individuals in the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, including those in New Orleans and Mobile, are suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Many others along the storm’s projected path will likely be affected as this natural disaster unfolds. We are all concerned about the health and safety of our employees and other Americans whose lives may be affected by Hurricane Katrina.
The Department of Commerce has mobilized to respond to this disaster. For example, NOAA’s (http://www.noaa.gov/) digital aerial surveys of impacted coastal areas will be available on the Internet today. Also, the Bureau of Industry and Security will use the Defense Priorities and Allocations System to prioritize procurement of goods and services such as temporary housing and plastic sheeting for the restoration effort.
I strongly encourage all Commerce employees to support the victims of this devastating storm, and I am grateful for the outpouring of support already. Voluntary organizations tell us that cash donations to assist victims are the most immediate need. Cash donations allow volunteer agencies to issue cash vouchers to victims so they can meet their needs.
If you would like to donate cash, you may use the phone numbers listed below, which have been set up for this purpose.
American Red Cross
America?s Second Harvest
Adventist Community Services
Catholic Charities, USA
Christian Disaster Response
Church World Service
Convoy of Hope
Corporation for National and Community Service Disaster Relief Fund
Lutheran Disaster Response
Mennonite Disaster Service
Nazarene Disaster Response
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief
United Methodist Committee on Relief
We will keep you informed as we learn of further developments in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
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