Host Communities: Analyzing the Role and Needs of Communities that Take in Disaster Evacuees in the Wake of Major Disasters and Catastrophes, Hearing Before the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, December 3, 2007 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Mary Landrieu: "So I have convened this Subcommittee to underscore one of the most significant challenges during and after any disaster: The role and needs of communities that take in these disaster evacuees-just like Kemberly Samuels, just like the story of Bobbie Moreau, and thousands and thousands of others like them. This is the seventh public hearing of this Subcommittee, as I have said. These hearings are intended to look into the laws and policies that govern our response to all disasters. Many of these hearings in the past have focused on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita because they highlighted the deficiencies in our response planning. These stories are just the beginning of a longer, arduous process to rebuild the lives of these disaster victims and others. In the aftermath of the 2005 storms, citizens of the Gulf Coast were shipped, literally-by rail, by bus, by air-all over the country. More than 200,000 found immediate refuge right here in Baton Rouge, our capital city, and evacuees almost doubled the population of Baton Rouge at the time, and we will hear from Mayor Holden about the impact that caused to this community. More than 304,000 people, according to FEMA estimates, were evacuated to Houston, Texas; more than 80,000 to Jackson, Mississippi; and these other mayors can tell the numbers from their cities." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mary Landrieu, Melvin 'Kip' Holden, Randy Roach, Mayson H. Foster, Mary Hawkins-Butler, Sid Hebert, Robert A. Eckles, Raymond A. Jetson, Kim Boyle, and Greg Davis.
S. Hrg. 110-487; Senate Hearing 110-487
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