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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Perceptions of Evacuees

What is the perception of Hurricane Katrina’s evacuees? Through countless articles, I have found the following perceptions:
· Regarding the influxes of evacuees into Houston, a survey found that twenty-eight percent of the Houston’s residents said that the influx “would be good for the area, and 31 percent said it would be bad.”[1]
· All the evacuees are poor, African American people, when in reality there are thousands of Caucasian, Asian, and Hispanic refugees that are living truly different evacuee experiences.
· The evacuees were stubborn and wanted to “wait out the storm.”
· “We're not used to feeling like we've got to be in prison. We're evacuees, not prisoners,” said Ricky Valentine, an Evacuee relocated to Los Angeles.[2]
Obviously, these are not all of the perceptions, but rather a brief few that really have caught my attention. Regardless of whether the evacuees are White, Black, Pink, Rich, Poor, Happy, or Sad, we still need to see how to give them some sort of help. It doesn’t always need to be money. It can be with clothing, volunteering, or just letting them know they are not alone.
[1] Poll shows split on impact of Katrina evacuees By MATT STILES Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle
[2] Katrina Challenge for LA Mission by Mathew Wells. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4257198.stm

3 Comments:

  • This just in --

    It's a couple weeks old, but someone just sent it to me today.

    It's the EPA Health and Habitability Assessment of New Orleans Post-Katrina

    http://www.epa.gov/katrina/reports/envneeds_hab_assessment.html

    By Blogger Quintus Jett, at 1:19 PM  

  • -- and this.

    "NPR : Viewing What Remains in the Ninth Ward"

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4947437

    Listen.

    When you find links about the lives of New Orleanians post-Katrina, please put it in the comments fields of whatever is the most recent post

    By Blogger Quintus Jett, at 6:46 PM  

  • Quintus, I emailed you a couple of articles directly, but rather than hitting you with another email thought I should mention this link here as a good place for folks to read real stories of displaced citizens. http://www.michaelmoore.com/mustread/covington.php

    By Blogger Charlene, at 11:40 AM  

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