Wednesday August 31, 2005
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said the Louisville community is “raising its hand” to support the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
Under the National Disaster Medical System, Louisville has been designated as a location where patients from the disaster area will be relocated for medical treatment.
“These are patients who are currently in hospitals, nursing homes or other medical facilities in the Gulf Coast region, who must be relocated to make room there for emergency medical patients,” Abramson said.
The Louisville Emergency Management Agency and EMS are coordinating with federal officials and local hospitals to arrange the transportation and care of the patients.
The Louisville Metro Health Department has also been asked to provide public-health staff to assist in the disaster area, and is currently in the process of identifying volunteers for the assignment.
Members of the Swift Water Rescue team, comprised of members of several suburban fire departments, has performed more than 100 rescues throughout the area and has been deployed back to New Orleans for further assistance.
“When disaster strikes, Louisville and its people are always ready to help. As a government, we have raised our hands and said to the leaders of the emergency response effort, you can count on us,” Abramson said. “Today, I’m asking all Louisvillians to raise their hands and volunteer to help as they are able. Citizens, businesses, churches and synagogues, civic groups and others - the people of the Gulf Coast region need our help.”
In terms of donations of money or supplies, the mayor said it will be important to pair patience with compassion.
“As our emergency response agencies are developing a system for transportation and storage of goods and supplies, the best way for people to help right now is by giving money,” Abramson said. He suggested a number of agencies that are coordinating donations, including: Accepting Cash Donations American Red Cross
1-800-257-7575 Spanish; Operation Blessing
1-800-436-6348 America’s Second Harvest
1-800-344-8070 Accepting Cash Donations & Volunteers Adventist Community Services
1-800-381-7171 Catholic Charities, USA
703-549-1390 Christian Disaster Response
863-967-HELP (4357) Christian Reformed World Relief
1-800-848-5818 Church World Services
1-800-297-1516 Convoy of Hope
17-823-8998 Lutheran Disaster Response
1-800-638-3522 Mennonite Disaster Service
717-859-2210 Nazarene Disaster Response
1-888-256-5886 Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
1-800-872-3283 Salvation Army
Southern Baptist Convention - Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440 United Methodist Committee on Relief
*Notation should be made on checks or money orders earmarking the donations for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts