Local emergency management agencies will host preparedness classes in Fulton and DeKalb counties to provide instructions on evacuations, emergency communication, transportation alternatives and school emergencies.
Initiated by the Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross, the classes are free and open to the public and will be held Tues., Sept. 20, in south Fulton; Thurs., Sept., 22, in north Fulton; and Thurs., Sept. 29, in south DeKalb. To register, which is required, call 404-730-5600.
All classes start at 7 p.m. Sept. 20: the South Fulton Service Annex, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park. Sept. 22: North Fulton Service Annex, 7741 Roswell Road, Atlanta. Sept. 29: DeKalb County Government Center, 3630 Camp Circle, Decatur.
Katrina Relief efforts
· How you can help evacuees
Local services for evacuees
· Where to get help if you're an evacuee in Atlanta
American Red Cross Atlanta The Red Cross needs monetary donations, volunteers and blood donors. www.atlantaredcross.org. 404-575-3730.
Atlanta Community Food Bank The Food Bank seeks monetary donations and donations of food, toiletries and water. Visit www.acfb.org, call 404-419-1738, or drop off donations at the Food Bank offices at 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd.
Creative Loafing's Katrina Relief site Volunteer opportunities, places to donate money and supplies, and ways to lend support are also available at our Katrina help site. Visit www.creativeloafing.com/hurricanerelief.
Hands On Atlanta Hands On places volunteers in a variety of organizations that need assistance, including the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Red Cross and Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless. The organization has an immediate need for skilled volunteers, including medical professionals. Visit www.handsonatlanta.org.
Hosea Feed the Hungry and homeless This organization urgently needs cash or food donations for refugees staying in the Atlanta area. Visit www.hoseafeedthehungry.com, call 404-755-3353 or drop off donations at their offices at 1035 Donnelly Ave.
Pet Rescue Several local animal rescue groups are taking in pets displaced as a result of Katrina and are looking for potential adopters and foster homes, as well as donations for food and traveling expenses to pick up the animals. For more info, visit www.atlantapetrescue.org, www.animalactionrescue.petfinder.org, and www.hopehumane.org.
Salvation Army The Salvation Army has set up drop-off locations for donations of items specifically for hurricane victims. It is urgently seeking canned goods, hygiene items, twin blankets, sheets, pillows and towels. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 678-225-0885.
Toy Drive Flag Bank and One to Grow On are gathering new toys for children who have lost their own as a result of Hurricane Katrina. For drop-off locations and info, visit www.andonetogrowon.org or call 770-667-3579.
United Way Metro Atlanta United Way needs monetary donations. Also accepting volunteers, donations of furniture, clothing and other items. Visit www.unitedwayatlanta.org/katrina or call 211.
Open Your Home Organization seeks those willing to open their homes to Katrina's victims and homeless. For info, www.openyourhome.com.
The Red Cross offers financial aid, food, clothing, medicine and shelter. Housing will be at shelters, but evacuees also can call local hotels to see if they are participating in the Red Cross Corporate Lodging Program, which allows evacuees to receive a 14-day free stay. 800-975-7585. www.atlantaredcross.org.
The city's Adamsville Recreation Center connects Katrina evacuees with help including job placement, student services, food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid. Adamsville Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. 404-505-3181.
Housing and Shelter:
United Way of Metro Atlanta provides information on housing and other services. 404-614-1000. www.unitedwayatl.org.
Food and clothing:
The Salvation Army offers meals and vouchers for clothing for evacuees. 678-225-0885. www.salvationarmyusa.org.
To enroll evacuee children in public school, you must contact the local school district where you are staying and tell them you are an evacuee from Hurricane Katrina. Contact the Georgia Department of Education at 404-651-7555 or visit www.gadoe.org for more info.
The Savannah College of Art and Design's Atlanta campus is offering free tuition to transient students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Students must provide documentation showing they were enrolled and paid tuition for fall 2005 in a college closed as a result of Hurricane Katrina. 877-722-3285. www.scad.edu.
Evacuee enrollment at Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and Emory University is closed.
· To publicize a Katrina relief effort, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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