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Evacuee Newsletter - Sept 9 2005

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DATE: 9/9/2005

Katrina Newsletter Friday, September 9, 2005

To: Houston Regional Media Outlets



Joint Information Center

Katrina Newsletter

Friday, September 9, 2005

School Registration

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) registration for grades K-12 ends Friday Sept. 9.

Parents and children will be transported to the schools Friday for orientation on HISD school buses. School supplies will be provided by donation and available at the schools.

Quiet Time

Because it's important for our residents - especially the senior citizens and the very young - to get their rest, a Quiet Time has been instituted. Residents are asked to be in the facility by 11:00 p.m. The facilities are closed at that hour, and will re-open at 5:30 a.m., so residents won't be disturbed during the night.

Apply for Assistance

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). You must register with FEMA to determine eligibility for assistance. Call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or register online at www.fema.gov/.

The American Red Cross will continue distribution of the Client Assistance Card to the Reliant Residents on Friday morning Sept. 9 on the first floor of the Reliant Center at 9:00 a.m. If you have questions, please call 1-866-433-4636.

Food Stamps (713) 957-HELP (4357)

WIC Services

Harris County PHES 713-438-6145

City of Houston 713-794-9090

Find Employment 1-800-735-2989 (TDD#) and 1-800-735-2988 (voice); 1-888-469-JOBS (5627).

Help Us Keep You Healthy.

Clean and Wash Your Hands

. Before you eat

. Before you insert or remove contact lenses

. When your hands are dirty

. After you use the bathroom

. After you change a diaper

. After you handle garbage

. After you blow your nose, cough or sneeze

. When you have been in close contact with someone who is ill

How You Should Wash your Hands?

1. Place your hands together under water (warm water, if possible)

2. Rub your hands together for at least 10 seconds (with soap, if possible). Wash all parts of your hand well, including wrists, palms, back of hands, fingers and under the fingernails.

3. Clean the dirt from under your fingernails.

4. Rinse the soap from your hands.

5. Dry your hands completely with a clean towel.

Food Storage Reminder

Food is not allowed in the "sleeping areas." The food can spoil and make you sick. It also can cause a rodent or insect problem.

Housing Assistance

Joint Katrina Housing Task Force is assisting Reliant City residents in finding longer-term housing. Qualified residents will be sent to a new Housing-Choice Center (HCC) located in the Reliant Arena.

For information about Section 8, you can call

713-652-2912, 713-652-2915 or 713-652-2917.

Find Loved Ones

Family members should call 1-877-568-3317


Military Family Program. To contact family members of the armed services and let them know of your status:

Army (Active) 1-800-833-6622

Army (Reserve) 1-877-464-9930

Air National Guard 1-888-777-7731


(Active, Reserve, and Dependents) 1-877-414-5358


(Navy Civilians and Dependents) 1-877-689-2722

Air Force 1-800-435-9941


Consular Contacts 832-667-3634

Find Your Pet 281-999-3191



Postal Services: Astrodome - North Entrance (Box Office) - 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Free Airline Tickets

Continental Airline is offering free, one-way airline tickets to FEMA registered residents.

If you are interested, please proceed to the Reliant Center Hall D20 or the bottom of the east Ramp in the Astrodome.

Sleep Apnea Patients

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and lost your CPAP equipment in the hurricane, contact www.awakeinamerica.org or 215-722-2326 for replacement equipment.

Do you have these symptoms?

1. Coughing with mucus

2. Fever

3. Chills

4. Sweating at night

5. Coughing up blood

You need to go to the Medical Station

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