Katrina Relief Information
As promised in my earlier statement on Katrina Relief efforts the IACP has remained in close contact with the state associations and police organizations in the region and with the federal response agencies to ensure that we can get the word out to the entire membership on how they can continue to assist and support the people and police agencies in these areas. The information provided below is current as of Friday, September 9th.
As this situation continues to evolve, the IACP will provide the membership with relevant information related to additional needs of affected law enforcement agencies, the establishment of law enforcement/public safety relief funds or any other critical assistance information.
Please check our web site at http://www.theiacp.org for regularly updated information.
LAW ENFORCEMENT VOLUNTEERS
In order to ensure a coordinated national response to Hurricane Katrina, DHS is asking that the nation's law enforcement, fire and emergency response communities work through their State Emergency Management Director or state-designated contact for the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). If you wish to help and have not already made such contact, please register your response assets and resources with your state's official interstate mutual aid program.
Through EMAC, a disaster-impacted state can request and receive assistance from other member states quickly and efficiently, resolving issues of liability and reimbursement. Working through EMAC is of paramount importance to ensure that first responders and their agencies are insulated from unforeseen accidents, injuries and legal actions.
For more information about EMAC: http://www.emacweb.org
Because of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina many law enforcement agencies in Louisiana need to replace/supplement their equipment. According to the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police, agencies are in need of the following items:
Shirts & Hats Marked “SHERIFF” or “POLICE”
Equipment donations be sent to:
Louisiana Sheriff Association
1175 Nicholson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Attn: Hal Turner
Questions should be directed to Hal Turner at 225-343-8402.
Louisiana Trooper Relief Fund
At least fifty Louisiana State Troopers are displaced from their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Many suffered the complete loss of their houses. David Young, executive director of the Louisiana State Troopers Association (LSTA), announced establishment of a relief fund for those troopers. Anyone wishing to contribute may do so by credit card or by check payable to:
Louisiana Trooper Relief Fund
8120 Jefferson Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
If you have any questions, or if you wish to make a contribution by credit card, contact the LSTA at (225) 928-2000 or (800) 782-5782.
The Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP) is accepting donations –both in the form of supplies and financial assistance. However, BEFORE anyone or any department sends material, MACP needs to know approximately so they can prepare for its distribution. Please call Ken Winter, MACP Executive Director at (662) 897-6227, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
The MACP has identified the following items of need:
Protective Gloves, and other items of clothing that will stand up to search operations through debris.
Cell phones, other communication devices, and donated airtime
Items can be sent to:
Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police
1206 Cardinal Circle
Indianola, MS 38751
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood called on other states' law enforcement agencies to assist Mississippi law enforcement agencies that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Local sheriffs offices and police offices are in desperate need of vehicles, uniforms, and other equipment. Any law enforcement agency wishing to donate vehicles, uniforms, and equipment should contact Jim Gilliland with the Mississippi Attorney General's Office at (601) 359-4250, or by writing to email@example.com
Mississippi Troopers and Law Enforcement Relief Fund
A relief fund for law enforcement officers and their families has been set up for the state. Donations can be made to:
The Mississippi Troopers and Law Enforcement Relief Fund
PO Box 22871
Jackson, MS 39225
Also, donations can be made at any Trustmark Bank, which has locations in Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and Mississippi.
Hancock County Law Enforcement Clothing Needs
The Sheriff of Hancock County, Mississippi (which is in the Gulfport/Biloxi metropolitan area) Steve Garber is requesting assistance with clothing for his deputies. The only clothes these men and women have are what they were wearing when Katrina hit Monday. Their needs are basic, including underwear, boots, socks, t-shirts, pants and toiletries. Their sizes range from 34 - 46 waist and Small to XXX Large Shirts. These items are desperately and immediately needed. Any donations can be sent to the following address:
Madison County Sheriff's Office
ATTN: Sheriff Toby Trowbridge, Jr.
2941 Hwy 51 South
Canton, MS 39046
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Madison County Sheriff's Department at (601)859-2345.
Reports from Alabama indicate that there was very minor damage, with the exception of Dauphin Island. Further, Alabama has released their National Guard for duty in Mississippi. While an extended clean up time is expected, they have no need for supplies or donations at this time. We will continue to work with the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police and others to determine any future assistance needs.