State Making Plans To Take In Hurricane Refugees

Blake Nicholson, AP, Sept. 6

BISMARCK—State officials are making plans to house hundreds of Hurricane Katrina refugees in North Dakota, though Gov. John Hoeven says no official request has come from the Gulf Coast.

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“We (have) identified about 2,000 living units around the state,” Hoeven said.

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“They haven’t indicated they’ll be sending us some yet, but we’re ready and willing to take them,” he said. “We may get them soon here, we may get them later.”

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Cape Cod Prepares to Welcome Evacuees

Michael Levenson and Heather Allen, Boston Globe, Sept. 6

BOURNE—Children made signs that read, ‘‘Welcome to Bourne,” a school superintendent scrambled to find room for students, and fire chiefs fine-tuned emergency plans as Cape Cod prepared for 2,500 Hurricane Katrina evacuees who could begin arriving at Otis Air National Guard Base today.

Leaders, from the highest levels of state government to local Parent Teacher Associations, tried to account for every last detail yesterday as they worked to turn the Cape from a quiet peninsula of year-round residents and beachgoing vacationers into an efficient and humane refuge.

Preparations stretched from Stacey DuBerger’s kitchen in Bourne, where she was organizing a clothing drive with other parents, to the barracks of Camp Edwards at Otis, where National Guardsmen swept the floors and made the beds.

No one knows for certain how long the evacuees will stay, how sick and injured they might be, or how hungry, tired, and emotionally spent they might feel until they step off planes at Logan International Airport in Boston, where they will be evaluated and then bused to Otis to begin this new phase of their lives.

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Offer Housing to Hurricane Survivors

HurricaneHousing.org

Thank you for stepping in to help those in desperate need of housing.

How it works:

  • Your info is hidden. If you offer to host, people looking for housing will be able to see your posting, but not your name and email. You can choose whether or not to list your phone number.

Guidelines:

  • Be smart. We can make no guarantees about the people who contact you. They have simply seen our website or contact number. Please use common sense and caution (see our guidelines for deciding if a request will make a good match). YOU decide who to take in, among the people who contact you.
  • Don’t discriminate. This is a time to pull together, as a nation. You may not post offers which specify preference for people of a certain race, religion, class, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

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