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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor launches toll-free number for Katrina evacuees

11/8/2005  10:30:00 AM
Todd Burley  (206) 684-5081

Mayor launches toll-free number for Katrina evacuees
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle to staff
the new toll-free referral service

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels today approved money for a toll-free 800 number at the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle to connect Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees with housing and other essential services available in the Greater Seattle area.

“When you’ve lost everything, even the cost of a phone call could be a barrier to getting services, especially for those living in hotels,” Nickels said. “I’d like to thank the Urban League for agreeing to be the central resource and referral service for Hurricane Katrina evacuees.”

The toll-free line is 1-800-368-1455. The City is entering into a contract with the Urban League to pay the costs of operating the number for six months. The Urban League will staff the line, providing information on local assistance as well as FEMA requirements.

“We have been working to provide evacuees with assistance since they began arriving here in Seattle,” said Urban League CEO James Kelly. “The 1-800 number the City is funding will help us make local resource information more readily available to our new Seattle residents.”

The State of Washington Emergency Management Division provides a list of statewide resources through its toll-free number, 1-800-941-2930.

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