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Government aid for hurricane victims

The Individuals and Households Program provides money and assistance to people from disaster areas whose losses are not covered by insurance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.

IHP may not cover all damaged or destroyed property.

Those affected by Hurricane Katrina may apply for immediate assistance by calling (800) 621-FEMA or applying online at www

Internet access is available at the Decatur Public Library at Sixth Avenue and Lee Street Northeast and the Priceville Public Library, 103 Faye Drive, Priceville.

Disaster unemployment assistance may be applied for at for Louisiana residents, www.dir.alabama
.gov/uc for Alabama residents and
/index.html for Mississippi residents.

Huntsville job fair today for refugees

HUNTSVILLE — A job fair for residents of the Gulf Coast who have been displaced, possibly for months, by Hurricane Katrina and its after-effects may be the first step in getting back on their feet.

The event, today at 2 p.m. in the Von Braun Center, will feature part-time and temporary jobs offered by employers.

Those seeking information about employment in the Huntsville and Madison County area should go to East Halls 1 and 2 of the VBC at 700 Monroe St. in downtown Huntsville.

Huntsville Community Partners is sponsoring the event.

Relief collection trailer at Goodyear plant

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. will set up a trailer this week to collect items for hurricane relief.

From Wednesday to Friday, a trailer will be in front of the company's Decatur mill, 500 19th Ave. S.E., to gather bottled water, nonperishable food items, baby and children's items such as diapers, baby food and lotion, and personal items such as soap, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste and brushes.

For more information, call organizer Jada Baker, a Goodyear employee, at 566-1652.

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