Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Wayne Patrick, Bob Britts, Lt. Clebe McClary at Myrtle Beach SC, March 18, 2006 Posted by Picasa

Monday, April 03, 2006

April 3, 2006

Hello all disaster assistance volunteers. History is still being made in the Gulfcoast areas of MS and LA. I have not been to Pearlington MS since February 3 but am receiving e-mail updates all the time. The replacement housing efforts by way of FEMA trailers in Hancock County has slowed down to less than 10 a week. A few displaced residents who were in shelters, apartments, or motels many miles away have returned. The deadlines to request FEMA trailers were extended several times but requests had to be submitted in March. National agencies like American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity have scaled back or consolidated efforts in other areas. Requests for donations earmarked for a specific disaster like Katrina have been stopped in order to create funding for smaller local disasters or the next big disaster.

As was reported on pearlington.blogspot.com, a Pearlington resident who lived in a FEMA trailer and had a Water Missions International well pump, lost his life in a trailer fire last week. Mr. Sidney Strickland was well known in the Pearlington area as he was age 71 and disabled. He still hoped to resume his woodworking hobby from his FEMA trailer.

After six months, hopefully lessons learned in this disaster can be used to prepare for the next hurricane season which begins in early June. As one gulf coast governor so aptly said, the temporary travel trailers are more vulnerable to high winds and flooding than the permanent houses were. Any comments on future disaster assistance as regards to drinking water and wastewater are appreciated. Thanks.

Bob Britts