03 October 2005
Disaster Relief Resource Center Opens at McClellan
The McClellan Joint Powers Authority (JPA) said today that state
agencies, local agencies, church and charitable organizations that provide support to people displaced by Hurricane
Katrina and Hurricane Rita are opening offices at the former Fort McClellan. The Red Cross with volunteer doctors
and nurses began office hours at the on-site Clinic building starting this past Tuesday, September 27. The Salvation
Army began evacuee support services and opened a distribution point for donated goods on Wednesday, September 28.
More than 20 groups are in the process of moving into the former Maglin Hall and the clinic. Represented in this group
are social service agencies and programs including Social Security Administration, Council on Aging, Head Start,
Department of Education. State and local groups include Calhoun County Family Services, Anniston City Schools, and
Calhoun County Health Department. The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce through its employment services will be
helping match employers with evacuees seeking jobs.
Other groups offering support to Hurricane victims include NAACP, Legal Referral Services, local churches and church
associations. Services at the resource center are available to all evacuees within Calhoun County and are provided
free of charge. A Monday meeting (8:00 a.m. at JPA HQ moving to Maglin Hall at 9:00 a.m.) of group leaders will mark
the opening of the Disaster Relief Resource Center at Maglin Hall.
After a rapid response offer from the JPA, the State of Alabama and FEMA committed to providing space for about 1000
evacuees at this location. Also known as the “Starship Complex”, the space is expected to be finished by Friday,
October 7. Evacuees began staying at the facility on September 15 as the first rooms were completed. More than 25
local contractors, working long hours beginning September 1, 2005, prepared 360 dormitory-style interim housing
units for evacuees and for the support agencies.
The JPA, FEMA, American Red Cross, and Alabama Emergency Management Agency have been working throughout Alabama
to identify people in need of interim housing. This work continues and explains interim housing choices and social
service availability to evacuees at the Disaster Relief Project Welcome Center. So far, as many as 50 evacuees
per day have availed themselves of Red Cross and health services at the clinic.
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