Aug 29 2005

SHELBY STATEMENT ON HURRICANE KATRINA

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) made the following statement regarding Hurricane Katrina:

"Hurricane Katrina is one of the most destructive storms to hit the Gulf Coast in decades. Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors in Louisiana and Mississippi. We know this storm continues to have devastating effects, and I am confident that together we can recover from this disaster. As officials assess the damage caused by the storm, I plan to work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that Alabama and other areas affected by Hurricane Katrina have the resources to rebuild and rehabilitate. I am hopeful that those in South Alabama heeded the warnings of state and local officials and moved to higher ground in order to protect themselves and their families."

"I am pleased that President Bush acted early and declared Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi federal disaster areas in anticipation of Hurricane Katrina. These declarations will allow for the resources of the federal government to quickly begin assisting state and local efforts to compensate for losses experienced from this storm," Shelby concluded.

The American Red Cross has set up shelters and mobilized volunteers to meet the needs of those affected. For information on the American Red Cross' efforts, please visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-GET-INFO. In addition, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency can be reached at 205-280-2200. As additional information becomes available regarding relief efforts, Senator Shelby's office will pass that information on to the citizens of Alabama.

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