Help Hurricane Victims
Contact Info
[The following information is current as of February 1, 2006.]
Food banks in the hurricane-affected areas have been destroyed or badly damaged. The food bank network must establish locations to accept and distribute food, beverages and related products. To obtain warehouse space, equipment and trucks, the national food bank network – America’s Second Harvest – will need financial contributions.
  • America’s Second Harvest - 800-771-2303 or www.secondharvest.org
  • The Food Depot – Checks payable to The Food Depot – 1222 Siler Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507 or call 471-1633. The Food Depot will use donations to assist sister food banks in sheltering evacuees.
  • The American Red Cross – local phone is 424-1611 – local address is 1213 Mercantile, Suite B, Santa Fe, NM 87507.
  • The Salvation Army – local phone is 988-8054 – local address is PO Box 9918, Santa Fe, NM 87504.

The State of New Mexico has a website dedicated to the myriad hurricane relief and evacuee support efforts underway throughout the state at http://www.nmhelps.state.nm.us/

Cash donations to local or national disaster relief voluntary agencies continue to be the best way citizens can help their compatriots. “Making a financial contribution is the most effective way to support the relief effort,” said Food Depot Director Sherry Hooper. “It’s much easier to send financial contributions to the affected areas, no warehouse is needed to store the donations, nor fuel needed to transport them. Funds will also enable those closest to the impacted areas to obtain warehouses, equipment, trucks and other resources to most efficiently distribute product to shelters and pantries helping those in need.”

Animals/Shelters. The new Santa Fe Animal Shelter has been taking in stray animals rescued from the gulf coast areas. They need to be quarantined for at least 30 days because they've been exposed to or eaten bio-chem sludge, water, and debris left by the flooding. If you or someone you know has animals rescued from the hurricane-ravaged areas, please quarantine them and have them checked by a vet. Contact the SFAS at http://www.sfhumanesociety.org/.

Additional Information on human and animal health concerns can be found at the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/index.asp.

Please click on the Hurricane Katrina link at www.fema.gov for additional resources and information on how you can help. Or call one of the agencies listed below.

FEMA lists the following agencies as needing cash to assist hurricane victims:

  • American Red Cross, 800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English, 800-257-7575 Spanish.
  • Operation Blessing, 800-436-6348.
  • America's Second Harvest, 800-344-8070.
  • Adventist Community Services, 800-381-7171.
  • Catholic Charities, USA, 703-549-1390.
  • Christian Disaster Response, 941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554.
  • Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, 800-848-5818.
  • Church World Service, 800-297-1516.
  • Convoy of Hope, 417-823-8998.
  • Lutheran Disaster Response, 800-638-3522.
  • Mennonite Disaster Service, 717-859-2210.
  • Nazarene Disaster Response, 888-256-5886.
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, 800-872-3283.
  • Salvation Army, 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).
  • Southern Baptist Convention — Disaster Relief, 800-462-8657, ext. 6440.
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief. 800-554-8583.

Or call one of the below-listed government organizations to make a donation:

Corporate giving. If you or your organization, agency, or corporation has resources to offer, such as housing, services, construction equipment, transportation, food and/or personal items, please register with the National Emergency Resource Center: http://www.aboutus.org/swern.gov

To locate family & friends: The FirstGov.gov portal has a long list of government and non-government sources to locate family and friends missing after the hurricane: http://www.firstgov.gov/

Counseling for Evacuees is now available through FEMA. Please call toll-free 1-800-273-TALK.

Contact Information


Emergency Management Coordinator
Philmont M. Taylor
philmont.taylor@lacnm.us
663-3511