One question for me, two questions for you

August 28, 2008

I see from viewing my blog stats people are looking for public transportation evacuation numbers. I didn’t know there were any, however, I searched and found a few numbers. I had to Ask Louise from the website:

2008 Hurricane: 311 Information line for the City of New Orleans
Information center during emergencies or disasters affecting the City of New Orleans
311 is the non-emergency information line for the city services of New Orleans. 311 is designed to be your one call to City Hall to gain information or inquire about city services. The 311 Call Center also serves as the information center during emergencies or disasters affecting the City of New Orleans. Residents who require evacuation assistance must register with the 311 Call Center.
The hearing impaired can dial 504-658-2059 or 1-800-981-6652. Spanish and Vietnamese language assistance is available.

The specially trained 311 representatives are available from 7AM to 11PM Monday – Friday, and 8AM to 5PM on Saturday. Outside these hours, you can leave a message and a representative will return your call within 48 hours.

What happens if Gustav hits on Sunday?

Now this guy, Mr. Evans has posted a question from Gulfport, Mississippi via Los Angeles Times in blue tape across the side of an  “old” FEMA trailer. The LA Times had this to say:

“While other protesters carried signs demonstrating against U.S. involvement in Iraq or conditions at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, Derrick Evans arrived from Gulfport, Miss., hauling an old Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer bearing messages with a different sort of theme.

One, in blue tape on the side of the trailer, read:  (This is Question One) “Where did $129 billion for Gulf Coast hurricane recovery go?

and…Evans said, “would have no recovery if not for volunteers.

So I surf on over to another article, New Oxfam Report on Eve of Katrina Anniversary Details Roadblocks to Gulf Coast Recovery. Read the report yourself here. I don’t doubt the fact that finding adequate housing is a problem as it was a problem BEFORE Katrina.  I don’t doubt, too, that outside agencies are sucking all of the funds out of programs designed to help Hurricane Katrina victims.  I’m seeing it with my own eyes.  They hire these people to send me late fliers, ask me to fill out more paperwork so that they can evaluate whether or not I’m “eligible”. Meanwhile, these folks collect a pay check.  Their bosses collect paychecks.  And your paperwork gets shuffled around another group of people who are getting paychecks.  All of these people are reaping the rewards of the “Hurricane Katrina Fund” compliments of the US Government.  And this leaves me with question two: Why not Louisiana based organizations that had establishment prior to Katrina?

Meanwhile, if that doesn’t interest you go and visit the Katrina Memorial where 54 of 85 bodies have been identified. Or you can go to Biloxi, Mississippi an visit their Katrina Memorial, too.


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