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FOR RELEASE: September 16 , 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

State Health Officials Help Louisiana-born Evacuees Obtain Birth Certificates

The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Vital Records Office is assisting hurricane evacuees born in Louisiana who have relocated to Oklahoma and need to obtain their birth certificates from Louisiana. Birth certificates are needed by many evacuees to acquire identification and receive needed benefits during this time.

In collaboration with the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems, Oklahoma and other states are in contact with Vital Records staff in Louisiana to work out procedures states may follow to assist evacuees who have relocated to other states.

Oklahoma’s State Registrar, John C. Burks Sr., said, “Even though the Vital Records office in Louisiana is working with minimal staff, they are committed to serve those persons in need of birth certificates from Louisiana. We completely support them in this effort and are eager to assist in any way we can.”

Louisiana evacuees who need to obtain a copy of their Louisiana birth certificate must complete a special birth certificate application developed for Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

For more information, call Customer Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Vital Records Office, 405/271-4040, or visit that office at 1000 Northeast Tenth Street, Oklahoma City.

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