How Vermonters Can Help in Hurricane Relief Efforts

State of Vermont
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

For Immediate Release: September 7, 2005
Contact: Jason Gibbs
(802) 279-3187

WATERBURY - Vermonters continue to express their interest in supporting the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Here are the greatest needs at this time:

TRACTOR-TRAILERS & DRIVERS FOR OPERATION SPECIAL DELIVERY

Vermonters with road-ready tractor-trailer trucks and drivers can donate them to help transport the remaining supplies from Operation Special Delivery to the Gulf Coast. Individuals or businesses with tractor-trailer trucks and drivers should contact the Emergency Operation Center at (800) 347-0488, from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm.

SPECIALIZED MEDICAL SERVICES

More than 100 Vermonters with specialized medical skills have already answered a call from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) for possible deployment to areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.  Individuals with specialized medical skills can signup online at www.healthyvermonters.info or by calling 802-651-1561

SUPPORT THE RED CROSS DISASTER RELIEF FUND

Vermonters interested in contributing to the relief effort should donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW or by visiting www.redcross.org

VOLUNTEER WITH YOUR LOCAL RED CROSS

Vermonters who want to help those who have been displaced by the hurricane and are relocating to Vermont are urged to volunteer with their local chapter of the American Red Cross. Find local Red Cross contacts at www.redcross.org

OTHER SPECIALIZED SERVICES

Vermonters who have another specialized service that they think may be helpful in the relief effort should call the Emergency Operations Center at (800) 347-0488, from 8:00am-8:00pm.

OTHER

As the needs of the affected area continue to evolve, emergency relief officials are emphasizing that they are unable to accept collections of items such as clothing, food or cleaning supplies at this time. The most helpful contributions at this time would include those listed above.