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September 2, 2005
Toronto ready to help victims of Hurricane Katrina
The City of Toronto is working with Emergency Management Ontario to prepare for
any request of assistance for relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The City maintains a database of staff with expertise in public health,
transportation, emergency search and rescue, water purification, engineering,
and other City services. While no request has yet been made, the City is doing
everything in its power to be prepared to respond quickly, should the need

"The City of Toronto remains ready to act," said Mayor David Miller. "People in
this city are already responding with characteristic sympathy and generosity.
We also have to ensure that we are organized and ready to help in any way

To support Canada's relief effort, the Government of Ontario has activated a
toll free telephone number (1-888-886-3998) for the purpose of creating an
inventory of public and private sector Ontarians wishing to volunteer their
specialized technical or professional skills that may potentially be of
assistance to the disaster area.

Residents of the City of Toronto can also help by donating to the Red Cross
(1-800-418-1111) or the Salvation Army at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Residents are also encouraged to visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) Web site ( that lists 17 US agencies accepting
donations. In addition, residents may wish to view The International
Association of Emergency Managers Web site ( where the
document a "Guide to Making Disaster Donations" is posted.

Media contacts:
Patchen Barss,
Communications Director,
Office of Mayor David Miller,

Kevin Sack,
City of Toronto Corporate Communications,



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