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Mississippi artists adversely affected by Hurricane Katrina, hosted by Atelier Yoyita

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    OR CALL 1-877-LOVED-1S (1-877-568-3317)
    IMPORTANT Registry list is by first name.

    Missing Kids Website or call 1-800-THE-LOST

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    -Emergency Contact Numbers
    - U.S. Coast Guard
    -LA Search & Rescue
    -MS Search & Rescue
    -Offender Registries & Contacts
    -EPA Environmental Hazards Hotline

    -Road Closures
    -Red Cross Family Finder

    -Finding Friends & Relatives

    -Animal Rescue & Adoption

    -Military and VA

    -Find Housing



    -Status Updates by  Parish/County
    -Live Streaming & Video

    -Current Forecast

  • Donate and Volunteer
    • American Red Cross Family Links Registry -- (877) 568-3317 / (877) LOVED-1S
    • Find Family National Call Center -- (866) 326-9393
    • Katrina
    • LSU Medical Center employees -- (800) 735-1185
    • Lycos
    • National Next of Kin Registry -- (800) 915-5413


    • Yahoo

    -Medical Volunteers
    -Medical Volunteer Licensing & Waivers
    -Emergency Medication Refills
    -Mental Health Facilities and Crisis Counseling Hotlines
    -Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Hotlines
    -Dialysis Hotline

    -Social Security Payments

    -Legal Assistance
    -Replacing Social Security Cards, Passports, and Birth Certificates

    -Red Cross Financial Help Hotline
    -Business Help
    -Unemployment Benefits
    -Workers Compensation
    -Food Stamps
    -IRS Disaster Tax Relief

    -Community Voice Mail

    -Mortgages & Banking Help

    -Alcoholics Anonymous

    -Translation Language Help


    -Satellite Photos

    -Disaster Recovery Centers

    -Louisiana State Services Hotline

    -National Resource Registry

    Save Your Receipts -FEMA en Español

    -State EMA
    -State Agency Directory

    -Local EMA
    -City of New Orleans

    -Mail Forwarding

    -Federal Employees

    -Insurance Companies

    Emergency Assistance/Search & Rescue

    Phone numbers for those in extreme emergencies:

    • Louisiana State Police: (800) 469-4828:
    • St. John Emergencies: (985) 652-6338 | (985) 497-3321
    • Kenner Emergencies: (504) 468-7200
    • Coast Guard: (225) 389-2133
    • Coast Guard Toll Free 800-323-7233
    • Mississippi Search and Rescue 601-360-0054

    U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue

    Louisiana emergency phone numbers for those in distress: Louisiana State Police:

    • (225) 922-0325
    • (225) 922-0332
    • (225) 922-0333
    • (225) 922-0334
    • (225) 922-0335
    • (225) 922-0341
    • (225) 925-7398

    Other Emergency Phone Numbers (New Orleans)

    • For shelter information, call 1-800-469-4828
    • Police, Fire & Medical Emergencies -- 911
    • Search & Rescue -- (225) 925-7708
    • Crescent City Connection Police --(504) 364-8180
    • NOPD Non-Emergency --(504) 821-2222
    • Louisiana State Police-- (504) 471-2775
    • Office of Homeland Security-- (504) 658-6900
    • Office Of Emergency Preparedness --(504) 658-8700
    • Poison Control Center -- (800) 256-9822
    • Public Advocacy --(504) 658-4015

    Road Closures

    Louisiana State Police
    Road Closure Hotline:

    Online or 1-800-469-4828

    Mississippi Road Conditions Hotline

    Alabama Road Closures

    FEMA Maps of Flooded Areas and Closed Roads

    Red Cross Information Line for public safety and road closures 1-866-GET-INFO.

    Offender Registries & Contacts

    Probation or parole offenders living in Texas from states affected by the disaster should check in at Texas Parole Division Command 1-866-680-6667 immediately.

    Locate Juvenile Inmates in Louisiana 225-287-7988,7955, and 7900.

    Alabama Sexual Offenders Registry

    Florida Sexual Offenders Registry

    Louisiana Sexual Offenders Registry

    Mississippi Sexual Offenders Registry

    Texas Sexual Offenders Registry.

    Finding Friends and Relatives

    Finding Friends and Family Multiple Site Search INCLUDES NAMES IN THE RED CROSS FAMILY LINKS REGISTRY

    Red Cross Family Links Registry. or Call 1-877-LOVED-1S (LOVED-ONE-S)

    Information about this service

    • Report Missing Persons in Louisiana at
      • 225-925-6626
      • 225-925-7708
      • 225-925-7709
      • 225-925-3511
      • 225-925-7412

    TIP: The Times Picayune is reporting Text Messaging May Work even when cell phones won't connect.

  • Houston Red Cross finding family number 713-313-1628. Your local Red Cross chapter may also be able to help.
  • Salvation Army Health & Welfare Request Form
  • Yahoo! Finding Friends and Family Multi-site searches.
  • Lycos Katrina People Locator Multi-site searches.
  • List of Evacuees in shelters by the Shreveport Times.
  • More Lists of Evacuees in Shelters
  • Life List will match you with a volunteer to help search for friends and family. Call 1-877-LIFE LIST. Include your name, telephone number, who you are looking for and last known location.
  • Louisiana Finding Family Hotline 1-866-326-9393.
  • Family of Military "I'm OK" Line (888) 777-7731
  • Sun-Herald I'm OK Telephone Line (866) 453-1925
    and Web Site
  • I'm OK Reverse Voice Mail Hotline 1-877-206-7500. HOW IT WORKS
  • Reverse Voice Mail through Contact Loved Ones. Instructions at the website.

  • Using a toll-free or local number (listed at, callers leave voice messages for their loved ones that are safely stored in a virtual mailbox identified by a person�s phone number, an identifier which both they and their loved ones will know from before they were separated.

  • Locating Juvenile Inmates in Louisiana" 225-287-7988,7955, and 7900.
  • Employee Hotlines and Contacts
  • Employee Hotlines (MGM Mirage, Pepsi, USPS, Sav-A-Center,Penn National Gaming, Lockheed Martin and many others)
  • United Kingdom Relatives Hotline 020-7008 0000. Houston British Consulate 001-713 659 6270.
  • Foreign Office and Consulates (Canada, UK, Australia)
  • Survived Katrina Lists
  • National Next of Kin Registry
  • (with photos)
  • New Orleans Police & Fire Reconnect
  • CNN Reported Safe List (Has many shelter locations)
  • CNN "I'm OK" email:[email protected]
  • New Orleans Craigs List
  • Jackson Craigs List
  • Gulf Coast News Survivors List (19,000+ names)
  • Gulf Coast News (Mirror Site)
  • Gulf Coast News (Mirror Site)
  • WWL Searching for Forum
  • Yahoo Katrina Message Boards
  • WWL I'm Ok Forum
  • Locate Patients or Staff at Tenet Healthcare
  • WDSU I'm OK Forum
  • Air America Voice Mail Service
  • Forums
  • Hurricane Katrina Connection
  • Worldslist Missing Persons
  • Katrina Survivor Blog
  • Katrina Survivors Connect
  • I'm OK Free Email Messaging
  • Hurricane Victims Forum
  • Katrina Survivors Blog
  • Weather Channel Message Boards
  • Live Journal Roll Call
  • Public People Locator
  • Military Relief Information

    Find Housing


    Shelter Information:
    Red Cross- 1(866)-GET-INFO (438-4636)

    FEMA Shelter Hotline (888) 312-4567

    List of Shelters

    Louisiana Special-Needs
    Shelter Information

    Triage Phone Numbers:
    Alexandria: 800-841-5778 Shreveport: 800-841-5776
    Baton Rouge: 800-349-1372 Monroe: 866-280-7287
    Houma/Thibodaux: 800-228-9409 Slidell/Hammond: 866-280-7724
    Lafayette: 800-901-3210 Lake Charles: 866-280-2711
    Rayne Civic Center, Rayne, LA. 337-334-9976, 337-334-3121

  • Emergency Shelter Information Points:
    - Tourist Welcome Center, US 65 & 84, 1401 Carter St. (US 84), Vidalia, LA
    - Tourist Welcome Center, TA Truck Stop, Tallulah Exit (Hwy 65 & I 20)
    - Paragon Casino, 711 Paragon Place, Marksville LA
    - Sammy's Truck Stop, I-49, Exit 53, 3601 LA 115W, Bunkie, LA
    - Med Express Office, 7525 US 71, Alexandria, LA
    - P.E. Gym, LSU- Shreveport, One University Place, Shreveport, LA
    - Pickering High School, 180 Lebleu Rd., Leesville, LA
    - Mowad Civic Center, 5th & 10th St., 1 Block off US 165, Oakdale, LA

    Shelters in Houston. For more information regarding shelters in Houston dial 1-888-312-4567.

    Houston Shelter Information

    Houston Astrodome
    General Delivery, Houston Astrodome 77230

    Mont Belview Sr Center
    11607 Eagle Drive

    Baytown Community Center
    2407 Market St, Baytown, Tx

    Memorial Baptist Church
    600 W. Sterling, Baytown Texas 77520

    St. Peter Claver
    6005 N. Wayside Drive,Houston Tx

    Moody Methodist Church
    2803 53rd Street,Galveston, Texas

    Spring Tabernacle
    3034 FM 2920, Spring, Tx 77338

    Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
    18220 Upper Bay Rd-Nassau Bay, Houston, Tx

    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    701 Church Street, Brenham, Tx

    Fairmont Park Baptist Church
    10401 Belfast, LaPorte, Tx

    New Life Central
    2104 Underwood, LaPorte, Tx

    1st United Methodist Church
    4308 W. Dallas, Conroe, Tx

    1st Baptist Church
    906 Ave A, Katy, Tx

    1st Baptist Church
    1229 Ave J, Huntsville, Tx

    Florida Shelter Information


    Money is still considered the best donation as it is easy to move to the disaster zone where there are still shortages of gas, transportation, and people to sort and tag items. If you do send supplies, be sure the box clearly labels what is inside. It is also best to sort items of a single type in the same box rather than mix up different kinds of items together. Most places will no longer accept clothing (with some specific needs excepted).


    Volunteers are needed to enter names from the many web sites helping friends and family reconnect into the database. If you can help please go to this site.

    UPS and FedEx can now reach many shelter locations. Consider deliverying supplies by this route if possible. See: for locations.

    Landmarks Underwater in New Orleans. GPS and satellite phones would help search and rescue efforts.

    Check with Your Local Blood Donation Program. Centers being set up for blood donation efforts.

    Salvation Army is looking for small groups of volunteers who can serve victims and response personnel in 12-day stints. Call Maj. Alan Phillips at (904) 545-1371 or Robert Toman at (904) 545-1035.

    Red Cross is asking for volunteers. In Louisiana dial 211 or call 1-866-GET-INFO or check with your local Red Cross chapter.

    Many other organizations are recruiting volunteers to assist in the relief effort. See the NPR Web Site for more information.

    More Volunteer Opportunities in Texas and Louisiana.


    Humane Society Asking for Boats. Call 225-647-0712 or 415-846-7170 for more information. Or contact the LA SPCA shelter at 9093 St. Landry Road, Gonzales, LA 70737. More information at

    LA Wildlife & Fisheries are no longer asking for volunteer boats because of security concerns in the city. Call 225-765-2706 for more information.

    Louisiana and Mississippi Status Updates by Parish/County

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    Live Streaming and Video

    Current Weather Forecast

    Animal Rescues

    • Finding and Adopting Pets
    • ASPCA has a registry for missing pets. Send an email to [email protected] or call 212.876.7700 to register. Send your contact information, a description of the animal, pet's name, and breed.

      LSU School of Veterinary Medicine at 225-578-9900 ( or the LVMA at 1-800-524-2996 ( Veterinary School needs money, kennels, and other supplies.

    • Louisiana Local Shelters
    • St. Tammany Parish Citizens may contact Animal Services at 985-809-0183 between 8am-4:30pm or the Emergency Operations Center at 985-898-2323. If a citizen has lost a pet, they should contact the Abita Springs Animal Service
    • The Lamar-Dixon Exhibition Center in Gonzales is housing and treating displaced and injured animals.
    • Humane Society Disaster Animal Response Teams. Donations accepted online or can be sent to The Humane Society of the United State, DEPT DRFHBM, 2100 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037.
    • Noah's Wish Animal Disaster Response Teams
    • Jackson Coliseum, Mississippi need supplies including pet food, wire, chicken wire, leashes, water bowls, feeds for horses and pigs, hay, and medicines. Call 601.359.5130.

      Volunteers needed to assist with animal disaster relief services in Mississippi. Call 601.359.5130 to register.

    • National Shelter and Animal Rescue Database

    Pets with Microchips

    Many hurricane animals were also found with microchips in all the States hit by Hurricane Katrina. There are several hundred already safely placed and need the owners to call any of the following microchip companies if you have lost your pet.

    • VET-LINK.COM MICROCHIP 800-838-8563

    Animal Rescue Telephone Contacts

    Greater Birmingham Humane Society Jackie/ Melissa 205-290-0055/682-8894

    Mississippi Alliance 228-216-7729
    Gulf Coast SPCA 228-872-5659

    Mississippi Animal Rescue League (MARL)

    SPCA of New Orleans area: Laura 434-589-1499
    Northwest Louisiana Humane Soc. Nancy 318-219-7387504-366-8972
    Humane Society of Monroe Danine 318-387-9553
    Humane Society of Central Louisiana 318-641-0458
    Caddo Commission Animal Svcs. Anita Mills 318-222-6624
    Lafayette Parish Animal Control 337-291-5644
    Noah's Wish Foundation Teri/Roger 530-622-9313
    NW Louisiana Chapter Red Cross Michelle Davidson 318-865-9545

    Confined Pets Still in Disaster Areas

    • Metairie Small Animal Hospital
    • St. Tammany Animal Shelter
    • The Cat Practice (Metairie)
    • Southern Animal Foundation

  • Medical Volunteers:

    HHS Medical Volunteer Line
    1-866-528-6334 or

    NOTE: If you don't receive a response from the HHS line you may want to consider contacting some of the other resources listed below.

    American Medical Association Medical Volunteer Hotline: 1-800-272-2707.

    The Red Cross suggests two options: 1) Agencies and organizations supporting first responders and hospitals or 2) work with the Red Cross which requires a 1-2 day training before dispatching.

    The Red Cross is seeking specialists trained in several areas including congregate living, health care and financial assistance. In addition the Red Cross is expanding its volunteer response force to at least 40,000.

    Local State Health Departments in many states are signing up medical volunteers. Check with your state's HHS or EMS office.

    • Louisiana has an urgent need for licensed medical professionals. Physician volunteers can email [email protected] with your name, contact information, expertise, and dates available.
    • Nurses, MDs, and EMTs can call 225-578-7688 and they'll get you going. Bring a copy of your license.
    • Medical Volunteers for Louisiana and Texas: 1-225-389-2100
    • Medical Volunteers for Mississippi These numbers are in the disaster zone and may require a couple of tries to get through

      Physicians interested in volunteering in Mississippi should e-mail or fax their name, contact information, specialty, state where they are licensed and license numbers to [email protected] or (601) 987-4159 or (601) 987-6822.

      Biloxi Regional Medical Center staffing is being scheduled and coordinated by Susan Jenkins, of River Oaks Hospital in Flowood, MS (Jackson metro area). Email her with your complete details at [email protected]

      Gulfport Memorial in Gulfport gives this information: Their phone for physicians and surgeons will tell you to call the IQH.� IQH has a recording advising you will be on your own and that conditions are primitive.

      1 Doctors who are licensed in Mississippi and want to volunteer may call 601.957.1575 or 1.800.844.0500

      2 Doctors who are NOT licensed in Mississippi and want to volunteer are advised to go to the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure website at and follow instructions there.

      3 Nurses, please call 601.497.8022.(I believe this is the state board of nursing) The recording will ask about your background and specialties, and ask you to leave information.

      4 EMT's, please call 601.576. 8085.

      5 Non-professional volunteers are asked to contact the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other established volunteer organizations.

    • Information and Credentialing for First Responders and Medical Volunteers
    • Physicians and EMTs call 601-576-8085
    • Nurses and other health professionals call 601-497-8022 (information line) or 601-944-4849 (message line)
  • Medical Volunteers for Alabama

    Contacts and Information for temporary medical licensing in Texas.

  • Medical Volunteer Requests

    In many cases, the most effective route is to contact a source directly to coordinate help and assess current needs. The state web sites above can provide help with temporary licensing.

    Sites Needing Nursing (and other medically trained volunteers)

    Lead officer for medical volunteers in Louisiana: Dr. Jean Takenaka, Office of Public Health Emergency Operations Center at (225) 763-5751 or e-mail:[email protected].

    LSU Looking for Trained Medical Volunteers. Call 225-219-0821.

    LSU Looking for medical and other supplies.

    MORE WAYS TO HELP Collection points, items needed, and more

    More Volunteer Opportunities at Craig's List New Orleans.

    Medical Volunteer Waivers

    For medical volunteers working in the areas under declarations of emergency HHS has waivers in place to:

    • Eliminate many conditions of participation and certification for Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP.
    • Allow licensed physicians and other licensed health care providers from other states to receive federal reimbursment in the disaster zone.
    • Allow Medicare enrollees to receive out-of-network services
    • Waive HIPAA privacy regulation sanctions and penalties.

    More information is available at the American Medical Association web site for medical responders including state licensing help.

    Contacts and Information for temporary medical licensing in Texas.

    CDC Recommendations for Immunizations are available online for working in the affected areas.

    Alcoholics Anonymous

    AA Groups are available to provide support to anyone who needs it.

    Environmental Hazards

    EPA is asking for reports of all spills of hazardous chemicals, including oil spills and other environmental hazards. Call 800-424-8802 or 202-267-2675.

    Translation Language Help

    Emergency Medication Refills

    Emergency Medications Refills Texas and some other states will allow a pharmacist to refill prescriptions in an emergency even if the prescribing physician can't be reached. Schedule II controlled substances are generally excluded from this provision. See Texas State Board of Pharmacy.

    Louisiana Board of Pharmacy announced Friday that evacuees can go to any Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreen's or Kroger's pharmacy in Louisiana or around the country to have their prescriptions filled.

    Crisis Hotline

    National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

    United Healthcare Crisis Hotline at 1-866-615-8700. Callers can speak with counselors to help them handle the difficult emotions they may experience such as stress, anxiety and the grieving process.

    National Mental Health Services Locator

    Call the Mississippi Department of Mental Health at (601) 359-1288 for information regarding clients evacuated in Biloxi, Gautier, and Waveland.

    Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Hotlines

    Call RAINN - 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or the Domestic Violence National Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

    Dialysis Hotline

    Call 225-387-1333 if you know of an Evacuee in Louisiana in need of dialysis.

    Hospital Hotlines

    Social Security Payments

    Social Security beneficiaries who are victims of Hurricane Katrina can go to any office of the federal agency or any temporary location and receive an on-the-spot payment. See the Social Security Web Site for more information. Some Social Security offices will be open through the weekend. Call call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) for more information.

    Services and Help


    US Legal Forms has a page with information on replacing Social Security carts, Passports, Birth Certificates and other legal documents.

    Order Birth Certificates Online through

    The American Bar Association is setting up hotlines to assist people with insurance claims, home repair contracts, wills and other documents, and related issues. See: for more information.

    Houston Volunteer Lawyer's Program will have volunteer lawyers available at shelters and the Astrodome to assist. See: for more information.

    Dallas Legal Aid will be assisting people in that area. The Dallas Bar will waive it's initial consultation fee for referrals for legal advice.

    The New York State Bar Association fund will help victims in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama pay for such services as filing insurance claims, getting death certificates completed and applying for federal aid.

    American Bar Association is recruiting lawyers to help man a phone bank and assist people with issues related to the disaster. Contact Beth Ragan 312.988.6142 for more information.

    • American Red Cross -- (800) 435-7669 / (800) HELP-NOW / (800) 257-7575 (Spanish)
    • Army National Guard -- (800) 833-6622
    • Displaced TSA employees -- (866) 301-7214
    • FEMA
    • Nationwide number for Veterans, Families -- (800) 507-4571

    Red Cross Financial Help Centers

    Call 1-800-975-7585 for help with financial resources and referrals to other services. Callers will be given a client information number and instructions on how to take that number to a local financial institution to receive funds. When you call you will need to provide:

    • Your name
    • Your pre-storm address
    • Your zip code
    • Your home telephone number

    Business Help


    Call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 or email [email protected] for status updates on SBA disaster loan requests. Visit the SBA Website for more information.

    Small Business Administration (SBA) has assistance for business owners affected by the hurricane. See

    SEC is providing filing extensions and other relief to businesses affected by the Hurricane.

    A new Free Online New Orleans Business Directory has been set up to allow businesses to list their contact information as well as information for businesses affected by the disaster.

    Homeland Security Immigration Enforcement will not sanction employers for hiring victims of Hurricane Katrina who, at this time, are unable to provide I-9 documentation. DHS will not bring sanction actions against employers for hiring individuals evacuated or displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina otherwise eligible for employment but who currently lack personal documents.

    Unemployment Benefits

    Department of Labor Unemployment Hotline is 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365) or online at

    FEMA Hotline Number for Unemployment Benefits is 1-800-621-FEMA or TTY: 1-800-462-7585 or call your local unemployment office.

    For Louisiana, people can apply for unemployment insurance and disaster relief at any one-stop job center, online at or by calling toll-free numbers 1-866-783-5567 or 1-800-818-7811.

    The Texas Workforce Commission is assisting Louisiana workers who have lost their jobs due to Hurricane Katrina. They can apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) by calling 1-800-818-7811 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employers wishing to hire displaced Louisiana workers can call 1-800-695-6879 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Food Stamps

    The Department of Agriculture will allow people who normally do not qualify for Food Stamps to receive food stamps if they fled storm-damaged areas of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. Normally, the Agriculture Department requires food stamp recipients to requalify for the benefit if they move to another state.

    Louisiana has a hotline where you can apply for Food Stamp assistance.

    Workers Compensation

    Louisiana injured workers who were getting workers' compensation before the hurricane should call 1-866-783-5567, 1-800-201-2494 or 1-800-201-3457 to update contact information.

    Taxes and IRS

    IRS Disaster Tax Relief information and disaster loss kits. Available online The IRS has extended deadlines until Oct. 31 to file tax returns and submit tax payments.

    The extension includes the Sept. 15 deadline for estimated taxes for businesses and individuals affected by the Hurricane. NEW: The IRS has now extended deadlines for estimated taxes, payments, and returnes until the end of the year.

    Community Voice Mail

    Community Voice Mail will be providing free voice mail boxes to Hurricane Katrina victims displaced in: Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, Memphis and Atlanta. Contact the Red Cross at 1-800-GET INFO for more information. Consider a donation if you are able to support this service.

    Banking and Mortgages

    If You Are Unable to Pay Your Mortgage call your mortgage lender and notify them as quickly as possible. Many banks and mortgage companies will accept arrangements to delay payments three months or more during a disaster. Visit the FDIC Web Site for more information about banking help or call 1-877-ASK-FDIC (1-877-275-3342).

    Low-income residents in the affected areas who have mortgages through USDA are being notified of a 90-day minimum moratorium on payments to reduce the financial hardship.

    The FDIC has published a list of contacts for banks that were in the affected area. You can also call the FDIC hotline for banking questions at 1-877-ASK-FDIC.

    The SEC has published a web site for those unable to contact their investment advisors. See

    Reverse Voice Mail

    Reverse Voice Mail
    OmVox Telecom and Window Canvas, both of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, have created a new toll-free communications service, allowing family members displaced by Hurricane Katrina to communicate with one another via "reverse voice mail."

    Storm victims can call 1-877-206-7500, enter a 10-digit telephone number such as their home, office, or cell number, and leave a 3-minute voicemail message, letting others know of their whereabouts and safety. Family members can call 1-877-206-7500, enter the 10-digit telephone number of their loved one and listen to any messages left by missing family members. If the line is busy, keep trying.

    School Information

    Resources Guide for Teachers and Parents after a disaster.

    Assistance for School Supplies

    Texas Hotline for Louisiana teachers seeking jobs is 1-800-435-7090.

    Florida is waiving the cost of the teacher certification exam. Teachers who fulfilled similar certification requirements in other states are welcome to teach in Florida.

    Arkansas Department of Education has streamlined its teacher application process for certified teachers from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama who have relocated to Arkansas. Call Ron Tolson at 501-682-4210 for information.

    Update on Damaged Schools for Louisiana.

    Alvarez & Marsal Hotline for New Orleans Teachers 877-771-5800
    or see and Employees should call with their contact information as soon as possible.

    Lafayette Parish in Lafayette, Louisiana. The schools are taking in students that are displaced from Katrina
    They can contact they Lafayette Parish School Board at 337-236-6838

    Texas Public Schools Open to Children from Hurricane Katrina. Texas schools will enroll children from the disaster area. Hotlines for schools in Texas.

    Diocese of Baton Rouge is making room in its classes for students from the Diocese of New Orleans. They also are offering housing to displaced families. 225-387-0561


    • Board of Regents College Information Hotline: 1-866-415-2269.
    • Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA): 800-253-5626 ext 1012.

    Many colleges are accepting students displaced by the disaster zone including these:

  • Help college students affected by the disaster. Hurricane Katrina Student Relief Fund Mail checks to Hurricane Katrina Student Relief Fund, c/o LSU Foundation, 3838 W. Lakeshore Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
  • Cross Cultural Solutions, a partner with Care International, is offering a $700 scholarship for students displaced by the hurricane who are interested in participating with their international volunteer or intern abroad programs. See: for more information.

    AAMC has resources to assist displaced medical students and residents including assistance with contact information, student records, and loans.

  • Federal, State, and Local Agencies

    Disaster Recovery Centers

    Before visiting a Recovery Center, try calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1 800-462-7585 (TTY) available 24 hours per day. Multilingual operators are available.

    You can also apply for assistance online at

    Disaster Recovery Center Locations

    National Emergency Resource Registry

    If you or your organization, agency, or corporation have resources that may be made available to the response agencies please list them here.

    High Priority Needs

    • Housing
    • Transportation
    • Emergency Supplies

    National Institute of Governmental Purchasing Needs and Help bulletin board to coordinate professional assistance. Or call 1(800) FOR-NIGP

    • Baton Rouge Office of Emergency Preparedness

    • Jefferson Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness: (504) 349-5360
    • Louisiana State Services Hotline 1-888-524-3578. Open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Can assist with Disaster Food Stamps, Medicaid, Wic, Mental Health Counselling, Addictive Disorders, Developmental Disorders, Social Security Benefits, Social Security Disability Benefits, Child Support, Foster Care, DHH State Supplement Checks, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, and Disaster Unemployement Benefits.

    Katrina Recovery

    • Federal Web Site with links for finding loved ones, getting help, and other information.

    FEMA: Save Your Receipts

    A FEMA Official has said: If you were hit with any sort of disaster-related loss, you qualify for federal assistance. If you had to spend a night in a hotel, FEMA will cover it. Save your receipts, keep track of everything you've bought. SOURCE: WWL-TV NEWS

  • National Response Center
    • 1-800-424-8802
    • 1-202-267-2675
  • State Emergency Management Agencies
  • State Agencies Directory SCROLL DOWN

  • Parish/County Emergency Management
  • City of New Orleans

    Mail Forwarding

    1-800-ASK-USPS. Or online at

    Federal Employees can go to the OPM site to find out more about federal retiree benefits, donations of leave, and other relief information. An information hotline is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. M-F CST at 1-800-307-8298.


  • Insurance Company Hotlines
  • Update the correct number for SAFECO is (800) 332-3226
  • Louisiana Department of Insurance available for help 1-800-259-5300 or Online

    Alabama Department of Insurance
    (800) 433-3966
    (334) 241-4141

    Louisiana Department of Insurance
    (800) 259-5300
    (225) 342-5900

    Mississippi Department of Insurance
    (800) 562-2957
    (601) 359-2453

    Texas Department of Insurance
    (800) 252-3439
    (800) 578-4677

    Georgia Department of Insurance
    (800) 656-2298
    (404) 656-2056

    Florida Department of Insurance
    (800) 882-3054
    (850) 413-3131
    (800) 342-2762 - (FL Only)

    Tennessee Department of Insurance
    (800) 342-4029
    (615) 741-2241

    Arkansas Department of Insurance
    (800) 282-9134
    (501) 371-2600

  • Insurance Company Contact Information
    AIG: (800) 242-2418
    Allstate: (800) 547-8676
    Chubb Group of Insurance Companies: (800) 252-4670
    CAN: Personal Insurance Policyholders: (800) 588-7400; Commercial Insurance Policyholders: (877) 262-2727
    The Hartford: (800) 243-5860
    Metlife Auto & Home: (800) 854-6011
    SAFECO: (888) 723-3265
    Selective Insurance: (800) 777-9656 ext. 2801; fax: (973) 948-1103 State Farm: (800) 732-5246
    Travelers Property/Casualty: Personal Insurance Policyholders: (800) 252-4633; Commercial Insurance Policyholder: 800-238-6225
    USAA: (800) 531-8222
  • Local information:
    • Blog
    • Alabama: Gulf Coast Crisis page
    • Alabama Power
    • Alabama:
    • Alabama:
    • Cox Communications
    • Florida: Department of Transportation
    • Florida: Florida Power and Light
    • Florida: Florida Public Utilities
    • Florida:
    • Hurricane Katrina Connection message board
    • Louisiana: Department of Health and Hospitals
    • Louisiana: City of New Orleans
    • Louisiana: Department of Transportation
    • Louisiana: Governor's office -- (225) 342-0991 or (866) 366-1121
    • Louisiana/Mississippi: Entergy
    • Louisiana: New Orleans emergency numbers
    • Louisiana:
    • Louisiana: Parish alerts
    • Louisiana: Southeast Louisiana American Red Cross chapter
    • Louisiana: State Police
    • Mississippi: Department of Transportation
    • Mississippi: Mississippi Power
    • Mississippi: Sun Herald
    • Mississippi: The Clarion-Ledger
    • Mississippi: WLOX ABC 13
    • NOAA: Aerial images of Katrina damage • Blog
    • Rebuilding St. Bernard Blog

    Donate and Volunteer
    • Adventist Development Relief Agency -- (800) 424-2372
    • American Friends Service Committee -- (888) 588-2372
    • American Red Cross -- (800) 435-7669 / (800) HELP-NOW / (800) 257-7575 (Spanish)
    • AmeriCares -- (800) 486-4357
    • American Refugee Committee -- (612) 872-7060
    • America's Second Harvest -- (877) 817-2307
    • ASPCA -- (866) 275-3923
    • Baptist World Aid -- (703) 790-8980
    • B'nai B'rith International -- (888) 388-4224
    • Brother's Brother Foundation -- (888) 323-1916
    • Catholic Charities USA -- (800) 919-9338
    • Christian Children's Fund -- (800) 776-6767
    • Church World Service -- (800) 297-1516 ext 222
    • Counterpart International, Inc. -- (888) 296-9676
    • Direct Relief International -- (805) 962-3700
    • Episcopal Relief and Development -- (800) 334-7626
    • Feed the Children -- (800) 525-7575
    • Food for the Hungry -- (877) 780-4261 ext 2506
    • Habitat for Humanity -- (866) 292-7892
    • Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless -- (404) 755-3353
    • Interchurch Medical Assistance -- (877) 241-7952
    • International Aid -- (800) 251-2502
    • International Medical Corps -- (800) 481-4462
    • International Relief Teams -- (619) 284-7979
    • International Rescue Committee -- (877) 733-8433
    • Islamic Relief -- (888) 479-4968
    • Life for Relief and Development -- (800) 827-3543
    • Lutheran Disaster Response -- (800) 638-3522
    • MAP International -- (866) 627-4483
    • Mercy (M-USA) -- (800) 55-MERCY
    • MercyCorps -- (800) 852-2100
    • Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund -- (866) 230-8903
    • NAACP
    • Noah’s Wish -- (530) 622-9313
    • North Shore Animal League -- (877) 4savepet
    • Northwest Medical Teams -- (800) 959-4325
    • Operation Blessing -- (800) 730-2537
    • Operation USA -- (800) 678-7255
    • Oxfam America -- (800) 77OXFAM
    • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance -- (800) 872-3283
    • Relief International -- (800) 573-3332
    • Salvation Army -- (800) SAL-ARMY
    • Samaritan’s Purse -- (800) 665-2843
    • Save the Children -- (800) 728-3843
    • Southern Baptist Convention -- (888) 571-5895
    • spcaLA -- (888) SPCA-LA1
    • The Children's Health Fund -- (800) 535-7448
    • The Baton Rouge Area Foundation -- (877) 387-6126
    • The US Coast Guard Foundation -- (860) 535-0786
    • The United Way -- (800) 272-4630
    • UNICEF USA -- (800) 4UNICEF
    • Water Missions International -- (843) 769-7395
    • World Concern -- (800) 755-5022 ext. 0
    • World Hope International -- (888) 466-4673
    • World Relief -- (800) 535-5433
    • World Vision -- (888) 56-CHILD

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