| Knoxville & Knox County
Efforts Underway to Help Victims of Hurricane Katrina
September 2, 2005 - Knox County Mayor Mike
Ragsdale and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam today announced that the
city and county are doing everything possible to provide the necessary
assistance for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Both Mayors stressed
that it's important to work with the state and federal governments
in a coordinated effort to make sure we provide "the best kind
of help and "the right kind of help."
The Mayors outlined the efforts that are already underway:
Three helicopters and eight personnel from the Knox County Sheriff's
Department who are performing life safety missions are already in
the Gulf Coast region
The city and the county are preparing to send:
Twelve officers and eight cars from the Knoxville Police Department
Ten officers and five cars from the Knox County Sheriff's Department
A mobile command unit from the Knox County Sheriff's Department to
support the officers
Four Rural/Metro ambulances and eight personnel
Additional services include:
The Knox County Health Department will provide health care for victims
with chronic health problems
The County School System is already accepting students from the disaster
and is waiving normal admission requirements for school children.
The County, City and Knox Area Chamber are helping businesses who
need to relocate such as Reilly Foods, which has a plant in New Orleans
and is working to move more of its operation to Knoxville.
Mayor Ragsdale and Mayor Haslam urge you to support the victims
with donations to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
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