Katrina help, information


 

FEMA contacts, centers

FEMA representatives, identifiable by their blue shirts and FEMA logo, are expected to be at points of distribution and in the communities to answer questions and give information. It is very important that those who have not yet applied with FEMA do so by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or applying online at www.FEMA.gov. The TTY number for the speech- or hearing-impaired is 1-800-462-7585.

Disaster Recovery Centers: Donal Snyder Recreation Center, 2520 Pass Road, Biloxi; DAV Hall, 2600 23rd Ave., Gulfport, a block north of Pass Road; Pelican Landing Convention Center, 6217 Highway 63, Moss Point; Pascagoula High School, 1716 Tucker Ave., Pascagoula; America's Thrift Store, 3164 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs; 1403 S. Main St., Suite E, Poplarville; and K-Mart, Nicholson Road and U.S. 90, Waveland. The DRCs will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Temporary housing: FEMA, in conjunction with MEMA, have developed several temporary housing options for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. To be eligible for a travel trailer or mobile home, a person or family will be required to register for FEMA assistance.

Red Cross toll-free number

The American Red Cross has a new toll-free call center to meet emergency disaster needs. Families can call 1-800-975-7585.

Also, the Red Cross has a number for separated evacuees and loved ones. Call 1-877-LOVED-1S (877-568-3317).

Salvation Army information

The Salvation Army has been operating stationary and mobile feeding sites throughout South Mississippi. Other announcements:

Chapel sites: The Salvation Army announces chapel sites for hurricane victims, rescue workers and volunteers to seek emotional and spiritual care with a Salvation Army chaplain. Pastoral services are available at: Salvation Army office, 2019 22nd St., Gulfport; Long Beach staging and feeding center, 206 E. Railroad; and Yankie Stadium, corner of Lee Street and Division, Biloxi. Many Salvation Army canteens (mobile feeding centers) also will have Salvation Army chaplains on-site.

Cleanup kits: Free cleanup kits have a mop, broom, bucket and cleaning supplies. Kits are being distributed in Long Beach at 206 E. Railroad, in Biloxi at Yankie Stadium at Lee Street and Division, and at some mobile feeding unit sites. These two sites also offer help for medical emergencies.

Finding loved ones: Inquire about loved ones affected by Katrina with The Salvation Army's Emergency Radio Network SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Network). SATERN works closely with Hurricane Watch Net and Maritime Mobile Net. Register online at www.satern.org.

To donate: Corporations wishing to make in-kind donations may contact The Salvation Army's Divisional Headquarters at (601) 969-7560, ext. 229. Also, donations to help the ongoing relief effort may be made by calling 1-800-SALARMY or visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org. All Wal-Marts and Sam's Clubs also are accepting donations for Salvation Army disaster relief.

Blue Roof information

The Army Corps of Engineers has Sign-up Centers for Operation Blue Roof. Locations are posted at 1-888-ROOF-BLU or 1-888-766-3258 for Mississippi and Louisiana. Operation Blue Roof is a priority mission managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Bay St. Louis: Hancock Training Depot, 1928 Depot Way and Blaize Avenue; and Second Street Elementary School.

Biloxi: Community Center on East Howard.

Diamondhead: Country Club.

Hattiesburg: Golden Age Center at the Mount Carmel Church, 1027 Main St.; and Parkway United Methodist Church,

Gautier: Singing River Mall.

Gulfport: Harrison County Justice Court, 1620 23rd St.

Picayune: Resurrection Life Church, 795 Memorial Blvd., Suite H

Poplarville: Yellow building behind City Hall, 206 Julia St.

Ocean Springs: Next to the America's Thrift Store and the hospital off U.S. 90.

Price gouging phone line

Report price gouging: 1-800-281-4418.