Wednesday, September 7, 2005 Arizona: It's a dry heat!
Welcome to Arizona
Message from Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Arizona. Arizonans everywhere greet you with open arms, and hope to help you make this your second home for as long as you choose to stay.
In the days following Hurricane Katrina, you faced unimaginable conditions, but still managed to keep yourselves safe and your spirits strong. Your endurance and resilience are inspiring, and your stories have touched every corner of our state and country.
Arizona government, business and community leaders have been working on hurricane relief efforts since day one, and we stand ready and willing to help you. We have begun a newsletter to help inform you of some of the programs in place to assist you. It will continue to be updated with new information regarding new services and opportunities.
For now, I encourage you to rest and access the resources being made available to you. You have made it through a tremendously difficult time and Arizona will be here to assist you in the coming days and months.
Yours Very Truly,
For your comfort and health there are showers and restrooms in several areas in and around the Coliseum. Please check shelter maps for locations. We are very concerned about your health. When living in close quarters good hygiene is very important. We don't want people to get sick. Please remember to wash your hands often, particularly before meals and after using the toilet. Use hand sanitizers located in food, phone and computer areas.
Breakfast 6:30 - 8:30 AM
Lunch 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Dinner 5:00 - 7:00 PM
You may have noticed: it's very hot and dry here. Drink plenty of water. Keep a bottle with you and sip frequently. Don't wait until you're thirsty! If you're thirsty, you're a quart low. Mix in sport drinks with your fluid intake to keep electrolytes balanced in your body.
There are telephones available in the Coliseum for you to call out. If someone needs to call you back, the Red Cross has set up a call center at 602-258-3548. They will take messages on this phone line and post them on the message board in the Coliseum.
If people send mail to your original home address, the Post Office will forward it to you either here or wherever you wind up. The US Postal Service is on-site to assist you.
Lights out and quiet for sleeping hours are set at 10:00 PM every night. Please have respect for those around you who would like to get some rest.
Laundry service is available in the clothing area. Place laundry in mesh laundry bags labeled with your name. Bags of bed linens and pillow cases will be picked up by 8:30 AM and returned by 2:30 PM. Clothing bags will be picked up at 2:30 PM.
Ask a volunteer for information about services available to help you get back on your feet. There are a variety of federal services available including food stamps, cash assistance, medical assistance and disaster unemployment insurance.
The AZ Department of Health Services is offering free immunizations to all children. They also have health teams on call to meet your needs. For more information, please visit the family transition center next to the dining area.
Finding a Job
If you're looking for a job, Arizona employers - including our State government - want to put you to work!
We are a fast growing state with excellent career opportunities and our state agencies are here to help you learn more about them. We will be hosting job fairs in the very near future. In the meantime, simply look for signs indicating job and employment opportunities.
Going to School
All school-aged children can and should enroll in an Arizona public school. Arizona schools have opened their doors for Gulf Coast evacuees at no cost to families. Enrollment is ongoing and students can start attending classes immediately. To enroll your child today, simply visit the family transition center next to the dining room.
The Arizona Department of Housing is working with the Red Cross to match evacuees with long-term housing options near available schools and employment opportunities. For more information, go to the family transition center next to the dining room.
Traveling Around Phoenix
The City of Phoenix is offering free bus passes to all Gulf Coast evacuees. For passes and bus routes, please visit the City of Phoenix booth. Additional details will be made available in future editions of this newsletter.
Operation Good Neighbor is working closely with religious leaders to provide transportation to services next weekend. More details to come.
In the Community
Once you have settled in and taken care of your basic needs, Arizona invites you to take advantage of some of the entertainment and community activities for which our state is famous.
Louisiana State University vs. Arizona State University Football Game
Saturday, September 10, 2005
The LSU V. ASU game has been rescheduled for Arizona this Saturday. Free tickets for Gulf Coast evacuees and transportation to from the Coliseum will be available. More details to come.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will make free tickets available to Gulf Coast evacuees to their upcoming games on September 13, 14 and 15. Transportation to and from the games will be provided at no cost. Additional details will be made available in future editions of this newsletter.
Some of the groups providing services at the Coliseum: Red Cross, Salvation Army, AZ Dept of Emergency Management, Faith Based Organizations, AZ Homeland Security, AZ Dept of Health, AZ Dept. of Public Safety, Central West Zone Incident Management Team, State Fair, AZ Dept of Corrections, Maricopa County Dept of Health Services, City of Phoenix.