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Federal Emergency Managment Agency agent George Carney, of Oklahoma City, helps register hurricane Katrina evacuees at the Greater Houston Area Disaster Recovery Center September 20, 2005 in Houston, Texas. A wide range of services are made available to evacuees under one roof. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images )

MINNESOTA HOTLINE
People can call for advice about how to help hurricane victims, locate family and friends, and register for assistance if they're a hurricane victim. The hotline numbers are (651) 297-1304 in the Twin Cities area and 1-800-657-3504 in the non-metro area. For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is 1-800-657-3822.

AMERICAN RED CROSS
American Red Cross volunteers supply hundreds of thousands victims left homeless with critical necessities. By making a financial gift to Hurricane 2005 Relief, the Red Cross can provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need.

MISSION FROM MINNESOTA
Mission from Minnesota is a grass-roots nonprofit organization that was founded in response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The group's founders have organized several bus trips to the Gulf Coast area to deliver supplies, help with cleanup, and assist evacuees with relocation.

MINNESOTA HELPS FUND
The Minnesota Helps Fund: Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort is a collaboration of The Minneapolis Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, and the Minnesota Community Foundation to facilitate local contributions to disaster relief efforts.

THE SALVATION ARMY
More than 200 volunteers, employees and officers will serve the meals from 72 mobile canteens that are able to provide up to 5,000 hot meals per day. In addition, the Army is prepared to move in two, 54-foot mobile kitchens that can provide 20,000 hot meals per day.

FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Some helpful ways in which you can be of assistance are part of the National Donations Strategy which has been developed by the National Donations Steering Committee composed of federal, stateand local emergency management personnel assisted by private voluntary organizations.

AMERICA'S SECOND HARVEST
America's Second Harvest—The Nation's Food Bank Network, the nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization has activated its disaster mode in response to Hurricane Katrina.

KATRINA PEOPLEFINDER
Hurricane Katrina survivors and their loved ones can search for each other on dozens of Web sites, but the sheer number of survivor information sites can be a problem. The all-volunteer Katrina PeopleFinder Project is combining data from all known Katrina bulletin boards into one site.

TWIN CITIES JEWISH COMMUNITY
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, the United Jewish Fund and Council and Nechama - The Jewish Response for Disaster are accepting donations that will be distributed through the United Jewish Communities (UJC) humanitarian relief fund.

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
You may give through your congregation, send your check directly to ELCA Disaster Response, or give a credit card donation by phone or online.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has committed an immediate $500,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing and undesignated funds to respond to the needs of disaster survivors and to support the deployment of members of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Team (PDAT) to help presbyteries, congregations and communities organize their response to Hurricane Katrina.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES
Catholic Charities agencies and institutions nationwide provide vital social services to people in need, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds.

UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit humanitarian agency of The United Methodist Church.


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NOAH'S WISH
Noah's Wish is a not-for-profit, animal welfare organization, with a mission to keep animals alive during disasters.

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