PROCLAMATIONS, 1937 There is every likelihood that until the crest of the flood waters is reached, this number of homeless refugees will be largely increased. Snow, sleet and freezing weather have added to the suffering and made more hazardous the work of rescue. The victims of this grave disaster are dependent upon the American Red Cross for food, shelter, fuel, medical care and warm clothing. I have instructed the various agencies of the Federal Government to cooperate to the fullest extent with the Red Cross authorities. In order that the Red Cross may meet these immediate emergency needs and continue to care for these unfortunates until the waters have receded and they can be returned to their homes, it is imperative that a minimum relief fund of two million dollars be raised as speedily as possible. We are looking to this great national relief agency to act as our representative in this emergency. As President of the United States and as President of the American Red Cross, I am, therefore, urging all of our people to contribute promptly and most generously to this relief fund so that adequate relief may be made instantly available for these thousands of our homeless and suffering fellow citizens. I am confident the response everywhere will be immediate and generous. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. DONE at the City of Washington this 2 3 rd day of January, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and thirty-seven and of [SEAL] the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixty-first. FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT By the President: CORDELL HULL Secretary of State. EMERGENCY DUE TO FLOOD CONDITIONS-FREE IMPORTATION OF FOOD, CLOTHING, AND MEDICAL, SURGICAL AND OTHER SUPPLIES FOR USE IN EMERGENCY WORK BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION 1811 Contributions to, for flood relief, re- quested. February 1,1937 [No. Z23] WHEREAS there have recently occurred and are occurring dis- pnbe astrous floods in various localities in the valleys of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and tributaries thereof, resulting in great loss of life and property and causing much sickness, suffering, and privation among the residents of the stricken localities, making it necessary for charitable, philanthropic, relief, and other organizations to extend aid on a large scale to the flood sufferers; AND WHEREAS section 318 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (46 Stat. 46 sta . 696) provides: "Whenever the President shall by proclamation declare an stOtutory au th ori- emergency to exist by reason of a state of war, or otherwise, he may authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to extend during the continuance of such emergency the time herein prescribed for the performance of any act, and may authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to permit, under such regulations as the Secretary of the Treasury may prescribe, the importation free of duty of food, clothing, and medical, surgical, and other supplies for use in emergency relief work.