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2005 Media Releases

September 13, 2005
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Mark Bowen, Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Office, 441-7511
Doug Ahlberg, County Emergency Management, 441-7441
Randy Jones, Lancaster County Red Cross, 441-7997

Mayor Seng, Red Cross Say Lincoln No Longer A Potential Destination For Gulf Coast Evacuees
FEMA, State of Nebraska issue "stand down" request

Mayor Coleen J. Seng and Lancaster County Red Cross Executive Director Randy Jones said today that flights with groups of evacuees from the Gulf Coast area have been suspended following a request from FEMA and the State of Nebraska to “stand down.” Lincoln had been on “standby” mode as a potential destination for Gulf Coast evacuees since Wednesday, September 7.

Lancaster County Emergency Management phone numbers have been established to assist those who have arrived in Lincoln through their own resources to stay with family or friends following the evacuation of the Gulf Coast area. Those numbers are 402-441-7400, 7401 and 7402. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department has dedicated a phone line to those evacuees in need of health services. That phone number is 402-441-0358.

“I’m proud of the way our City and County worked together in preparation to help displaced individuals and families,” said Mayor Seng. “With leadership from Lancaster County Emergency Management, we have been poised to assist since last week, should we have been called to lend a hand. We also want to thank the Red Cross and Salvation Army for all that they’ve done to help in the recovery effort.”

Lancaster County Red Cross Executive Director Randy Jones said that this morning’s “stand down” request means that there is no longer a need for a Red Cross shelter in Lincoln.

“We are prepared to assist the evacuees in this community with meeting their basic needs and helping them develop a plan for recovery,” Jones said. “We also want to publicly acknowledge and thank the volunteers and staff from St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and other agencies for their diligence and compassion in organizing the shelter.”

To date, the Lancaster County Chapter of the Red Cross has interviewed and provided immediate assistance to about 60 families with the number increasing by the day. Jones said his organization will continue to focus on individual families who’ve come to Lincoln on their own.

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