Utah Offers Help to Hurricane Victims

Utah Offers Help to Hurricane Victims

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**Helpline: 866-873-2437
or email: katrinavolunteers@utah.gov**Sammy Linebaugh reporting

As many as 1,000 people displaced by Hurricane Katrina could be coming to Utah as early as today.

Gov. Huntsman: "We are responding to a request by the government of Louisiana to consider temporarily housing some who have been made homeless."

While some Utahns are heading east to help with the disaster where they can, others are being asked to help right here at home.

Truckloads of supplies are headed east from here. Meanwhile, Utah is one of four states asked to take in people made homeless by the hurricane.

Gov. Huntsman: "We have responded to the State of Louisiana that we could accomodate immediately up to a thousand people. We don't know for what duration of time. It could be weeks, it could be months. We don't know yet."

Here are ways Utahns can get involved: The Air National Guard will soon bring the first groups of people most likely to Camp Williams. From there, the Governor's office has set up a free helpline where people can call to offer assistance. That number becomes operational today. It's 866-873-2437.

The Governor also is encouraging Utahns to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

The Utah Natonal Guard today is expected to deploy up to 250 people to help with clean up and recovery efforts around New Orleans. And, Utah Highway Patrol troopers also will take part in a long-term relief effort, as law enforcement duties will continue to be significant in the coming weeks and months.

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