Listening to every heart
President Hammond of Fort Hays University, Hays, Kansas, said today that they will be glad to take on 400 college students that have been misplaced from LA universities; and will make 25 openings for teachers who have also lost their jobs.
Officials from the North Central Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross have been told to be ready to receive and shelter in Salina up to 500 victims of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans.
Executive Director John Degand called a meeting Saturday afternoon that included among others the Salina Fire Department and EMS, Salina Police, the Salina Airport Authority, the Saline County Sheriff's Office, Saline County Emergency Management, the Saline County Health Department, and Salina media. Degand said that he has been put on notice, and has asked to be prepared, to take care of up to 500 evacuees from New Orleans.
Right now victims are being flown out of New Orleans. More than likely Degand won't get any notice of a flight bound for Salina until it is in the air.
In order to make this mission possible citizens are needed to volunteer to help. Tasks and jobs that need to be filled include helping in registration at the airport, drivers, greeters and escorts, and physical labor. Volunteers with medical skills are also needed, as are volunteers with bilingual skills.
Anyone who wants to volunteer is asked to call 826-8000 between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM Saturday, and between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM both Sunday and Monday. Volunteers must be able to respond on short notice. All volunteers will be put on a list, and as soon as official word is received that a flight of hurricane victims is on its way to Salina, the volunteers will be notified of where to go.
And I know we are only one of hundreds of communities, gearing up to assist.