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September 2, 2005

Contact: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
E-mail: otti@trade.gov
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Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887

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

Date: 9/1/05 5:01PM

Subject: U.S. Commerce Department Supports Recovery from Hurricane Katrina

From: Carlos M. Gutierrez, U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Subject: Commerce Supports Recovery from Hurricane Katrina

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
1 800 HELP NOW (435 7669) English,
1 800 257 7575 Spanish;

Salvation Army
1 800 SAL ARMY (725 2769)

Operation Blessing
1 800 436 6348

America?s Second Harvest
1 800 344 8070

Adventist Community Services
1 800 381 7171

Catholic Charities, USA
703 549 1390

Christian Disaster Response
941 956 5183 or 941 551 9554
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
1 800 848 5818

Church World Service
1 800 297 1516

Convoy of Hope
417 823 8998

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

Lutheran Disaster Response
800 638 3522

Mennonite Disaster Service
717 859 2210

Nazarene Disaster Response
888 256 5886

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
800 872 3283

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

United Methodist Committee on Relief
1 800 554 8583

We will keep you informed as we learn of further developments in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

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Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration
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