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Murkowski Offers Help to Mississippi, Louisiana Governors
Public can help by donating to disaster relief efforts 


August 31, 2005

Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski Tuesday sent letters to Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco offering Alaska's assistance to hurricane devastated areas in those states.

In the letter, the governor said, "Today, I have ordered my emergency management personnel to prepare to assist you. We stand ready to offer our available resources to assist where we can in response and recovery efforts."

Hurricane Katrina made landfall Monday, inflicting catastrophic damage on coastal regions of Louisiana and Mississippi. President George W. Bush has issued a disaster declaration for areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama and the federal government is mobilizing one of the largest disaster responses in U.S. history.

"Hurricane Katrina has taken a huge toll, in human life and in property damage," said Murkowski. "It will take some time even to understand the full extent of the devastation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people whose lives have been impacted by this terrible event."

For more information on hurricane relief efforts contact the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster at and click on the "Visit Disaster News Network" button. The website provides updated information and a list of charitable organizations collecting funds and mobilizing volunteers to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

For those who wish to donate by phone:

American Red Cross, 1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669)
Operation Blessing, 1-800-436-6348
America's Second Harvest, 1-800-344-8070


Source of News:

Office of the Governor



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