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Thursday, September 01, 2005

San Antonio To Begin Housing Katrina Victims

From the Express-News:

A 320,000-square-foot industrial building at KellyUSA is being readied for more refugees of Hurricane Katrina today. For some, it could be their home for the next several months, Mayor Phil Hardberger said.

The state of Texas has agreed to take in an additional 25,000 Louisiana refugees and plans to house some of them in San Antonio, Gov. Rick Perry's office said Thursday.

The exact number of refugees bound for San Antonio remains unclear.

Hardberger said the governor has asked the city to take in some of the new refugees headed to Texas.

"I talked to Gov. Perry this morning, and over the next few days, throughout the state, cities will be receiving 25,000 evacuees from Louisiana," he said. "We will start getting some of these people - they are homeless."

The refugees are in addition to the approximately 25,000 that are being moved into the Astrodome in Houston, mostly from the Superdome in New Orleans.

It’s still uncertain when the refugees will begin arriving at KellyUSA, but a representative said it will not be today.

The mayor asked San Antonians to welcome the hurricane refugees, and a number of people are already doing their part.

"We need to think about the short-term and long-range care of these people," Hardberger said, because it isn't clear at this point when victims will be able to return to the devastated areas.

H.E. Butt Grocery Co. is rounding up food, and SBC Communications Inc. is looking into providing cell phones, Hardberger said.

The medical community, nonprofits and private citizens are all finding ways to help, too.

I've got e-mails out to non-profits here in San Antonio asking them what else they need- donations, monetary and other, volunteers, etc- and I'll put up info as soon as I get it.

Tomorrow, H-E-B and the San Antonio Food Bank will be accepting donations for non-perishable food and personal hygiene items at four H-E-B locations:

From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2005, people can drop off donations of non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items to one of four H-E-B locations. These locations are: 300 Olmos Drive at San Pedro; 6580 FM 78 at Foster; 7010 S. Zarzamora at SW Military Drive; and 9900 Wurzbach Road at I-87.

H-E-B is also donating more than $100,000 of product including bottled water, bread, canned meats, peanut butter, baby formula, and baby diapers that will be trucked to shelters in East Texas and Louisiana housing evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. A tanker with 5,500 gallons of drinking water will also be headed to the area.

To make a financial donation to the San Antonio Food Bank that will directly aid hurricane victims, call 210-337-3663 or donate online at www.safoodbank.org. A special PayPal account has been set up for this purpose.

To make a financial donation which will directly assist America’s Second Harvest Members in affected areas, visit www.secondharvest.org or call 800-771-2303.
More as it comes in.