Kat Watch, Inc. Launches "Mayor Disaster Relief Watch" for "Time To Make A Difference" National Fundraising Campaign For Katrina- Ravaged Gulf Coast Communities

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William D. Tatum, President and Founder of Kat Watch, Inc. is the first African-American to establish a “Mayor Disaster Relief Watch” for all American mayors to raise funds to assist victims of nature’s disasters and rebuild the infrastructure of the devastated Gulf Coast communities. Mr. Tatum has launched a national call to action campaign “Time to Make a Difference” with the Mayor Disaster Relief Watch—an integrated effort to help the millions of victims of the Gulf Coast hurricanes begin the process of rebuilding their lives…one watch at a time. Mayor Tommy Longo of Waveland, MS, which was Ground Zero for the Hurricane Katrina devastation, is the first Gulf Coast mayor to endorse the Mayor Disaster Relief Watch.

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the development of the Mayor Tommy Longo Disaster Relief Watch for our community in desperate need of funds to build houses for senior citizens, disabled and other persons who have fallen through the safety net of relief funding, to begin infrastructure rebuilding.

William D. Tatum, the President and Founder of Kat Watch Inc is the first African-American to establish a “Mayor Disaster Relief Watch” for all American mayors to raise funds to assist victims of nature’s disasters and rebuild the infrastructure of the devastated Gulf Coast communities. The continuing plight of the hurricane victims has moved many cities to establish Mayor Disaster Relief Fund Programs to meet the urgent and critical needs for basic provisions, food for the hungry, medical care and preventive care for those suffering from the stress and trauma of their uprooted lives.

Mr. Tatum learned from Mayor Tommy Longo of Waveland, Ms. that Ground Zero for Katrina was Waveland, which was obliterated by a 40-foot wave that came through this town up to 5 miles inland. Given the devastation in Waveland, Mr. Tatum has launched a national call to action campaign “Time to Make a Difference” with the Mayor Disaster Relief Watch, an integrated effort to help the millions of victims of the Gulf Coast hurricanes begin the process of rebuilding their lives…one watch at a time.

Mr. Tatum states “this was the worst natural disaster in American history, which demands an ongoing response at a national and grassroots level. Because of the ongoing suffering of all ethnicities in the Gulf coast communities devastated by Hurricanes Rita, Wilma and Katrina—particularly Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Gulfport, Ocean Springs and other smaller towns—the opportunity presented itself for an African-American to play a profound role in the healing process. The three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity will make themselves known by the Kat Watch Inc bearing fruit with the Mayor Disaster Relief Watch. Where the storm winds have dissipated and the waters have receded, the 'Time To Make A Difference' campaign is committed towards empowering local communities for future disasters.”

With every purchase of a mayor’s signature watch, the proceeds go towards the Mayor Disaster Relief Fund in the local community. This fund enables mayors to direct recovery efforts in the event of future disasters. The proceeds raised from the sales of the Mayor Disaster Relief Watch are committed to the Mayor Disaster Relief Fund for each affected community. William D. Tatum’s mission is to use the watch as a symbol of contribution of every citizen in service to their community and to bolster the mayors’ efforts and programs to reconstruct.

FEMA has committed 20 million dollars to Waveland, MS in a matching fund contribution if Waveland, MS can raise an equal sum. Kat Watch, Inc. feels confident that by September 1, one million dollars will be raised for the Mayor Tommy Longo Disaster Relief Fund. At that time, FEMA will be requested to release their first million dollars as a matching fund. By September 1, it is the belief of Kat Watch, Inc. that infrastructure planning will be well underway.

Mayor Tommy Longo of Waveland, MS is the first Gulf Coast Mayor to endorse the Mayor Disaster Relief Watch and supports “the development of the Mayor Tommy Longo Disaster Relief Watch for our community in desperate need of funds to build houses for senior citizens, disabled and other persons who have fallen through the safety net of relief funding, to begin infrastructure rebuilding.” The Mayor has enlisted four sister cities outside of Boston, Mass—said to be the four richest cities in America—to adopt Waveland, MS Following several TV appearances by Mayor Longo, 27 additional American cities have adopted Waveland.

During one of his visits to Gulfport, Mr. Tatum secured invitations to several colleges and universities to bring their students and faculty the fuller awareness of the devastation and long-term consequences of the hurricane disasters. His mission is to move millions to take a simple action to help thousands of families. As an African-American, Mr. Tatum came to the realization that his appeal must extend to all Americans, of all ethnicities and that this is the foundation stone of his mission.

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William David Tatum is an athlete, author, historian, lecturer, philanthropist and international entrepreneur. His inspiration and role model has been his uncle Edward Orval Gourdin, the great Harvard Scholar, Athlete, Soldier and Judge who, on July 23, 1921, established a new world record in the long jump of 25 feet, 3 inches, the first man in the world to long jump over 25 feet.

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