Bruce S. Gordon President and CEO IMMEDIATE RELEASE Julian Bond Chairman, Board of Directors September 2, 2005

More than 24,000 beds within driving distance of disaster identified by Civic Action through website
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced today that it has partnered with Civic Action, a progressive national civil organization, to identify 24,000 beds for hurricane victims who are evacuated from the storm ravaged areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. “The offer by members of Civic Action to provide housing for the victims of Hurricane Katrina “is exciting and the positive human side of America,” said Gordon. “This is a generous, heart-warming gesture and an example of the best of us. It is fantastic to partner with an organization that will bring relief to the people of the affected areas.” Civic Action's site has identified 24,000 beds within driving distance of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, with a total of 72,000 beds nationwide and rising. The NAACP will help match victims with housing opportunities. The Association is also partnering with the nation’s four largest black religious organizations, the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America and the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. to provide relief to the beleaguered victims of possibly America’s worst natural disaster. Gordon plans to tour the flood areas this weekend to get a first hand assessment of the tragedy and to coordinate with NAACP branches that have organized to help distribute food and evacuate victims. The NAACP is also working to have additional buses go to New Orleans to transport victims out of the city and with the National Association of Black Owned Hotels to provide hotel rooms. In addition, the NAACP has secured contributions of emergency supplies for distribution in the flood areas. Civic Action is a nonprofit organization, formerly known as It primarily focuses on education and advocacy on important national issues. Civic Action was started by Joan Blades and Wes Boyd, two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who shared deep frustration with the partisan warfare in Washington D.C. The NAACP has also partnered with the National Newspaper Publishers Association and American Urban Radio in an effort to raise funds and to keep our community and the public informed about NAACP efforts. Gordon said, “We should keep in mind that this is the first stage in our efforts to aid the victims. The NAACP is in this for the long haul.” The NAACP has established a disaster relief fund to raise money to assist the storm victims. Contributors may make a donation online at Checks should be made out to the NAACP Disaster Relief Fund and mailed to the following address: NAACP Disaster Relief Fund, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215. Contact: NAACP Office of Communications 410-580-5125

4805 Mt. Hope Drive

Baltimore, MD 21215