While doing everything we can to help all hurricane victims, also remember that there are local Lakeland residents who may need help, either the actual hurricane victims who have evacuated to Lakeland, or Lakeland residents who are hosting victims.
While all of the victims need our assistance and donations, I am aware of at least two local, Lakeland residents, who need assistance in paying the costs for hosting hurricane victims.
In addition, there will be some long-term challenges as Katrina victims settle in to either long-term or permanent residence in the Shelby County area. Long-term assistance needs will be completely different than the short-term needs.
Rather than reinvent the wheel, I am quoting the latest Qnet with information on how to assist victims or where to go for assistance.
The article below is from the latest Qnet. If you don’t subscribe to Qnet, E-mail Qnet@midsouth.rr.com to subscribe.
Qnet has received several emails to post requests for aid to families in need and families hosting evacuees. If you are, or know of someone, in this situation then please note and share the following information.
This information has come to me from Vice Mayor Mark Hartz who received it from Mayor Scott Carmichael. Mayor Carmichael just returned from a meeting with Governor Bredesen.
ALL RELIEF EFFORTS WITHIN SHELBY COUNTY are to be coordinated through: The Emergency Operations Center Phone: 901-458-1515 The E.O.C. will assist with locating food, shelter, prescriptions, doctors, etc. They will assist in directing people to the appropriate resources.
ALL EVACUEES ARE URGED TO REGISTER WITH F.E.M.A.: Federal Emergency Management Agency Phone: 800-621-3362 Phone: 800-462-7585 (speech & hearing impaired) Online: www.fema.gov F.E.M.A. will assist with financial support for families that are displaced from their homes.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER IN THE HURRICANE ZONE: The American Red Cross Phone: 866-438-4636 Online: www.redcross.org Online: www.familylinks.icrc.org/katrina/locate The American Red Cross is working with the International Committee of the Red Cross to provide an online registry for finding loved ones.