Natural Disaster

Give and take

Hurricane Katrina | Displaced residents of public housing are being well supplied by FEMA and others, but they are demanding more
by Jamie Dean
Posted 9/16/06, 12:00 am

BATON ROUGE, La. - On 62 acres of rural farmland on the outskirts of Baton Rouge, 436 white travel trailers sit in neat rows on gray gravel behind a chain-link fence near the town's mid-size airport. FEMA calls the trailer park "Renaissance Village," and the agency began moving displaced families in shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck last year.

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The last shall be first

Katrina | Disaster relief in Orange County, Calif., has an unusual twist: A faith-based organization is in charge
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 10/15/05, 12:00 am

Watching Hurricane Katrina's building fury, Rachel Coleman, 19, evacuated from New Orleans to Texas on Aug. 27, two days before the storm stomped ashore. Her experience with other hurricanes told her she'd be back at her job as a placement-service secretary in two, three days max. But after flood waters swept through the Crescent City, there was little left to go back to. Her single mom had died the previous year of breast cancer, her extended family had fled across four states, and her job was under water.

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Long, long way from 'normal'

Hurricane Ivan | Storm-weary U.S.
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 9/25/04, 12:00 am

By the time Hurricane Ivan made U.S. landfall along the Gulf coast, its victims in Grenada already had spent days drinking dirty water and sleeping anywhere they could-under decks, concrete bridges, and in crawl spaces of the few cinderblock homes left standing.

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