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GC Katrina Coverage
From Press Reports:
More details were released today about Calhoun County Alabama's
role in disaster relief for the 1000 or more expected evacuees.
Though common sense predicted it, the plan...so far...
revealed by FEMA, must have been a welcome relief for area
officials who evidently were largely proceeding very much on
As it stands now, FEMA will turn over the day to day
operation of the Fort McClellan barracks, (which is in dire need
of a name change from barracks) to contractors who will manage all
the support functions. The JPA (Joint Powers Authority) who
controls the property will assume the role of landlord
only...though in bits and pieces, this is subject to change, as
time and necessity reveals itself.
When the refurbishment is finished, which is being
conducted by a large company out of Baton Rouge, LA, called "The
Shaw Group," folks will begin to be moved in. Just who gets in and
how hasn't been spelled out.
Many potential residents are in area hotels now and the
calendar is pushing the project because of the upcoming Talladega
race at the end of the month. People from all over the nation and
world have had dibs on the rooms practically from the last race,
and the evacuees will have to evacuate yet once again during race
Work is evidently progressing smoothly, and area
residents and companies involved have been and continue to pour
their hearts into the effort.
Long term, the "barracks" are seen as temporary housing
only, and outside of the necessities of a roof and food, the
evacuees are expected to look for jobs and assimilate themselves
into society and move on.
It's clear that at this point, there are as many
questions as answers....however, the atmosphere seems to be that
all things will take care of themselves in time and Calhoun County
will do right and good for the folks from down south. Folks here
really want to make it work.
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