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PCC ready to respond to Hurricane Katrina evacuees

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The presidents of Portland, Mt. Hood and Clackamas community colleges, as well as the Oregon Community College Association have met to discuss the possibility of providing for the needs of any Hurricane Katrina evacuees who might arrive in the metropolitan area. According to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, there are no imminent plans for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina to arrive in Portland. However, PCC is on alert that this decision could change with 24 hours notice. If events change, the college will announce its plans. "We all have the victims of this horrific disaster in our hearts and minds. Our generosity is what is now needed," said PCC District President Preston Pulliams. "Given that we do not now know whether we will be hosting evacuees, the greatest need is for funds to support the enormous voluntary relief efforts. We encourage you to make contributions to one of the following the charities."Mercy CorpsP.O. Box 2669Portland, OR 97208800-852-2100/www.mercycorps.org Northwest Medical Teams14150 SW Milton Ct.Tigard, OR 97224800-959-HEAL (4325) or 503-624-1000/www.nwmti.orgRed Cross – Oregon Trail Chapter3131 North Vancouver Ave.Portland, OR 972271-800-HELP NOW/www.redcross.orgUnited Way of AmericaP.O. Box 630568Baltimore, MD 21263-0568/ Please make all checks payable to UWA and reference Hurricane Katrina Response Fund https://volunteer.united-e-way.org/hurricane-katrina/donate/

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »

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