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Hurricane Katrina Evacuees Asked to Contact Red Cross


September 16, 2005


AUGUSTA, MAINE – The Maine Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross chapters in Maine urge all Hurricane Katrina evacuees who are currently here in the State to contact the nearest American Red Cross chapter, if they have not done so already.

“From phone calls we have received at MEMA, and differing totals of people we are seeing from the Red Cross and FEMA, we have reason to believe that not all the displaced individuals and families that are here have checked in with the Red Cross,” Art Cleaves, MEMA Director, said today. “We are urging them to do so, even if they feel they do not need immediate services.”

Olan Johnston, Maine Preparedness Director for the American Red Cross, said that people coming to the Red Cross will receive assistance for immediate needs, including food, shelter, clothing and medical care. “In addition, we are providing referrals to longer-term services, job placement and housing.”

Cleaves said that the Red Cross chapters are working closely with the Governor’s Task Force set up to assist evacuees from the Gulf States. “The Red Cross is in a unique position to be able to assist with immediate needs, provide a conduit to other services and information, and help evacuees connect with family, friends and each other. They can be a common link for all the displaced families here in Maine. For that reason we urge all those who have come here since Katrina to get in touch with a Red Cross chapter in Maine.”

Red Cross Chapters in Maine:

United Valley Chapter
137 East Ave, Lewiston

Mid Coast Chapter
16 Community Way, Topsham

American Red Cross of Southern Maine
2401 Congress Street, Portland

Pine Tree Chapter
33 Mildred Ave, Bangor




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