Sacramento Prepares For 300 Katrina Evacuees

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, September 6, 2005

County and city officials say they’ve offered to take in 300 people whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina but County Emergency Coordinator Carole Hopwood says she expects that number to rise. "I believe that the situation is so critical at the Astrodome and at other shelters, I absolutely believe we’re going to get more people."

County Supervisor Roger Dickinson says they’re looking at Cal Expo and McClellan Air Park as possible sites for a shelter. "We’re obviously looking for large size facilities that can handle a significant number of people."

Once the evacuees arrive at the shelter, Mayor Heather Fargo says trained volunteers will begin administering food and medical care.
"There will be children, there will be people who are medically fragile. We will be working with our hospitals here in the community as well as the school districts as well as the faith based organizations to make sure that once people are stabilized that we can find some kind of suitable housing for them for 6 months to a year."

Officials say it’s too early to know how much it’ll cost to support the evacuees but they say federal, state and local governments will share in the expenses.