Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Katrina/Rita Lesson 3: Temporary Shelter

The local government in New Orleans advised residents to take shelter in the Superdome if they could not evacuate and needed shelter from hurricane Katrina. Those seeking shelter in the Superdome were told in advance to bring enough food and water for 2-3 days. Some did not. Because the hurricane caused severe flooding in New Orleans, people were stranded at the Superdome for 4-5 days, causing hunger and dehydration.

Temporary shelters during a hurricane are not intended to be long-term housing and feeding facilities. Therefore, should a longer term disaster situation develop, such as the flooding of New Orleans, the local authorities and relief organizations should be prepared either to bring in food and water or to evacuate the people in the temporary shelter to a place with shelter, food, and water.

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