DISASTER PREPAREDNESS KITS: During Dirty Linen Night on Saturday, Aug. 8, a station will be set up for people to build free disaster-preparedness kits from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 912 Royal St., New Orleans.

The station is sponsored by the Allstate Foundation and Points of Light as part of a 14-city disaster preparation tour and education campaign.

Research shows that 85 percent of Americans are unprepared for disaster and nearly half lack emergency supplies for use in the event of a disaster.

The free kits include a hand-crank flashlight, first aid kit, emergency blanket and other items proven to keep people safe and prepared.

PROPERTY TAX APPEALS: Informal appeals of Orleans Parish property tax assessments are underway through Aug. 17 at four locations in New Orleans, including a new location in eastern New Orleans.

During this time, representatives of the Assessor’s Office will discuss taxable assessments with property owners weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on a first-come, first-served basis.

The four locations are:

  • City Hall, 1300 Perdido St., fourth floor
  • Algiers Courthouse, 225 Morgan St., first floor
  • Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur De Lis Drive, second floor
  • New Orleans East Satellite Office, 5555 Bullard Ave., Suite 103.

Visiting with the Assessor’s Office at one of the locations above is regarded as an informal appeal. Property owners may bypass this step and file a formal appeal with the Orleans Parish Board of Review by filing online at www.nolaassessor.com.

“You do not dispute the property assessment because you think your taxes are too high. That is a discussion to take up with the taxing authorities,” said Assessor Erroll Williams. “You should see me because you think the value placed on your property is inaccurate due to estimations on its size, comparable sales or market values.”

To contest an assessment value, individuals are advised to have an assessment letter and any additional documentation to support their claim, such as a recent appraisal, a builder’s contract, photos or insurance coverage of the property, Williams said.

OCCUPATIONAL SKILLS: Delgado Community College is offering Youth Occupational Skills Training for people ages 18-24 interested in training for industrial maintenance, certified nursing assistant, electrical or medical assistant jobs. Tuition is free for those who meet the eligibility requirements of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Participants in the YOST program will receive training, job placement assistance and mentor sessions; will learn basic math and reading skills; will attend career workshops; and will earn goal-attainment stipends and supportive services such as a gas card or bus pass.

Training for certified nursing assistant and electrical jobs does not require a high school diploma or GED.

For information, call (504) 361-6542 or email yost@dcc.edu.

MARK ONE?: Multiracial individuals and interracial families share experiences and learn from one another during the Mark One? round table discussion on multiracial identity, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. The meetings are free and open to the public.

The Mark One? program is led by Dustin Ruttenberg, a graduate student in the School of Social Work at Tulane University and community liaison for the New Orleans Loving Festival outreach and education programs. For information, email druttenberg74@gmail.com or visit www. lovingfestival.org.

JEWISH FEDERATION: Dr. Edward Soll will be installed as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans when the federation and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana hold their annual meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Uptown Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans.

Officers and board members will be elected at the meeting.

Julie Schwartz and Dr. Julius Levy Jr. will receive the Anne Goldsmith Hanaw and J. Jerome Hanaw Tikkun Olam Award for Campaign Excellence, which honors a man and woman whose volunteer work on behalf of the federation’s annual campaign best exemplifies the concept of tikkun olam, which means to heal, repair and transform the world. The 2015 Herbert J. and Margot Garon Young Leadership Award recipient is Joshua Rubenstein.