U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the United States wants to express its “heartfelt thanks” for the “warm and passionate” response from the international community and its offers to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The hurricane and subsequent flooding has devastated parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and left thousands hungry and homeless.
In a September 2 statement, the secretary said countries from every corner of the globe, as well as international organizations, have offered assistance, as have private citizens worldwide who want to donate personal funds to help. Those private citizens, she said, should make their contributions through the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Rice said every contribution is important and that over the past few days she has been in contact with a wide range of officials from other nations and international organizations to respond to the offers of support. The State Department, she said, is coordinating closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to match these offers of support with the needs “on the ground.“
The secretary said the United States also is working closely with other governments to help them locate and assist their citizens who have been affected by the hurricane.
A video of the secretary’s September press briefing conference may be viewed on the State Department’s Web site.