COUNTY ESTABLISHES RESOURCE-HOTLINE LINK FOR DISASTER RELIEF

COUNTY ESTABLISHES RESOURCE-HOTLINE LINK FOR DISASTER RELIEF

At a special meeting this morning, the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners directed county staff to inform the public of hotlines that exist to aid hurricane relief, both for local evacuees and for the region directly affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The Doña Ana County Office of Emergency Management is helping coordinate local resource lists to share with state and federal agencies who are responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Doña Ana County has established a web link from its home page to give people numbers and links to agencies that are processing donations. The links will be updated daily for legitimate local, state and national relief centers that are accepting cash and other donations. The county’s link can be accessed at:

http://www.co.dona-ana.nm.us/katrina

Commissioners Oscar Vásquez Butler and William J. McCamley donated the remainder of their 2005 net salaries to relief efforts, resulting in a total donation of $11,942. In conjunction with state and municipal employees from around New Mexico, Doña Ana County employees are being encouraged to donate to the Roadrunner Food Kitchen, which is coordinating meals for all evacuees who have been – or will be – relocated to cities and towns in New Mexico. The Doña Ana County Employee Activity Committee has donated $1,000 to that agency.

Also at this morning’s Commission meeting, the commissioners directed staff to schedule a special meeting following the Sept. 13 regular meeting agenda in the event that other avenues of direct county assistance can be identified during the coming days.

All information on locally available resources is being shared with the State of New Mexico and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Allocation of the resources is on an as-needed basis.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229.