For information on a variety of state relief measures, go to www.kare.ar.gov. It is the website set up for the state's coordinated effort on housing, emergency relief, schools and medical care. It began functioning Thursday, Sept. 1, and should grow as time passes.
Friday, Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey issued the following statement on the city's efforts:
The Convention & Visitors Bureau continues to provide a Hotel Help Line 1-800-844-4781 to assist people who are still coming to Little Rock. It will be open until 7pm tonight and from 9am to 1pm on Saturday.
Representatives from Little Rock area staffing agencies and the Central AR Human Resources Association will be accepting applications for positions that are immediately available at a job fair on Saturday September 3, 2004 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Atrium of the Statehouse Convention Center. This is a cooperative effort primarily to assist the displaced evacuees from the Gulf Coast region. Other organizations are also looking at establishing job fairs.
Many area attractions are providing free admission to Katrina refugees. It is understandable that the refugees want to be close to a TV and a telephone for the latest information or be there in case someone calls. As fatigue sets in and they may desire a temporary escape, LR area attractions are opening their doors, including the major museums, the Zoo and the War Memorial Fitness Center.
The Police and Fire Department are reviewing existing resources to see if it is possible to send personnel to the New Orleans area to assist with law enforcement and other emergency needs.
MEMS has deployed 2 ambulances to assist in transport in areas ravaged by Katrina. They are also heavily involved in the transport of victims to this area.
Little Rock Parking Enforcement will not be writing parking tickets to cars with Mississippi and Louisiana license plates.
There are refugees who came to Little Rock with pets – and may need to stay in shelters that do not allow pets. Little Rock Animal Services is prepared to accommodate those animals while their owners are unable to care for them.
The Little Rock Housing Authority has identified available housing for refugees. They are working with the City’s Housing & Neighborhood Programs Department and area service agencies to get the units ready for people to move in.
At this point, the City has not been asked to set up shelters in Community Centers or other City facilities. If that time comes, the City is prepared to do so.
According the Roger Elliott, American Red Cross
The shelter at State Fairgrounds has around 60 at night. The population increases greatly at mealtimes from refugees staying in other accommodations.
The Red Cross is working to open service centers next week. These will allow the Red Cross to provide one-on-one casework to assess needs and provide resources.
Blood supplies nationwide are low. In the summer, people typically do not donate as much. This summer was no exception. For more information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.