<< Responding to Hurricane Charley http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/08/20040827-9.html Background: Federal Efforts to Help Florida Respond to Hurricane Charley Hurricane Charley, a Category Four hurricane, with sustained winds of 138 mph, hit Florida on August 13. Twenty-six Floridians lost their lives as a result of the hurricane, and more than 100,000 Floridians required emergency shelter. FEMA projects that about 280,000 Floridians will register for assistance, compared to 151,134 after Hurricane Andrew. President Bush approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Florida the day Hurricane Charley made landfall. Including the emergency request that will be submitted to the Congress, the Federal government is expected to provide approximately $3 billion in assistance and loans to help Florida recover. Actions taken by federal agencies in response to the disaster so far include (as of 8/26/04): Registering approximately 136,000 assistance applicants Approving over 13,500 applications for more than $59 million in housing assistance Establishing 12 disaster recovery centers, which have assisted nearly 19,000 disaster victims Deploying medical teams that have seen nearly 3,000 patients Disbursing 1.2 million liters of water, 8.1 million pounds of ice, and 2 million meals and snacks Delivering over 20,000 rolls of plastic sheeting and nearly 170 generators Treating more than 2,900 individuals through FEMA Disaster Medical Assistance Teams, supporting damaged hospitals >> * Please note also the people displaced by Hurricane Charley are called 'Floridians' instead of refugees. << Responding to Hurricane Katrina AM - http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2005/s1452468.htmSaturday, 3 September , 2005 08:00:00 Reporter: Michael Rowland ELIZABETH JACKSON: As the massive hurricane relief effort in America's south picks up speed, US President George W. Bush has declared the initial federal response to the disaster inadequate. Four days after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast and much needed supplies are only now just starting to flow into the devastated city of New Orleans. Large contingents of US troops and national guardsmen have only now arrived in an attempt to restore law and order. Mr Bush toured the area today, describing the destruction as worse than imaginable, and he's also vowing to redouble efforts to help hurricane victims. Our North America Correspondent Michael Rowland reports. >> * And as it has already been pointed out Hurricane Katrina victims are called 'refugees' not Lousianians, Alabamaians, or Missippians. Anyone still willing to argue that the government didn't respond because of lawlessness in New Orleans? Maybe if the government responded the day the diaster hit, things wouldn't be as out of control as they are now for New Orleanians!