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Donations Best Way to Aid with California Disaster Relief


October 25, 2007


AUGUSTA — Governor John E. Baldacci and the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) remind Mainers that the best way to help with disaster relief for the victims of California fires is to support a disaster relief agency working in the area.

The Governor said that his office has received a number of calls from Maine citizens anxious to aid the people of southern California.

“Whenever there is a disaster, Mainers step forward to help,” said Governor Baldacci.

MEMA Director Rob McAleer said, “The best way to help right now is with monetary donations to a relief agency working in the disaster area.”

The State of California has established a Donations Hotline at 1-800-750-2858. Other relief organizations can be found through the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster ( ) or the Network for Good ( ). Local chapters of disaster relief agencies often can also accept targeted donations for relief efforts.

Monetary donations allow relief agencies in the area to purchase what is needed, when it is needed, as close to the disaster area as possible. This minimizes transportation and distribution costs, and helps support the local economy.

For those concerned about family or friends in the area, Governor Baldacci notes that FEMA and the American Red Cross have activated their services to assist in making connections with those displaced by the fires.

American Red Cross Safe and Well List: FEMA’s National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System: Register you and your family: 1-800-588-9822 Find family or friends (over 21): 1-800-588-9822 Find a missing child (under 21): 1-866-908-9570

Those wishing to volunteer to help and who are not already affiliated with a relief agency should contact a local agency or visit to learn about volunteer opportunities, and how to get training as a disaster volunteer.



Lynette Miller


Last update: 07/20/10