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Q: Cruise Ships for New Orleans Relief ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: Cruise Ships for New Orleans Relief
Category: Reference, Education and News > Current Events
Asked by: dilman-ga
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Posted: 31 Aug 2005 08:05 PDT
Expires: 30 Sep 2005 08:05 PDT
Question ID: 562643
What is being done to recruit cruise lines (and their life boats ?) to
rescue and redistribute homeless families from the Gulf Coast ?
Subject: Re: Cruise Ships for New Orleans Relief
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 31 Aug 2005 08:50 PDT
Dear dilman-ga;

Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. At the
moment the idea of utilizing cruise ships to aid in the rescue and
relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is still in the
conceptual stage, but it definitely HAS been and IS being considered
by some agencies.

?The Federal Emergency Management Agency is considering putting people
on cruise ships and in tent cities, mobile home parks and so-called
floating dormitories.?

?While Tuesday was a day of assessment, FEMA already was considering
housing alternatives at property outside the damaged areas, he said.
It may put people on cruise ships, in tent cities, mobile home parks
or so-called floating dormitories, boats FEMA normally uses to house
its employees, Lokey said.?

What is known is that the US Navy is sending warships such as the USS
Iwo Jima group (several ships) from Norfolk Naval Base, that can help
rescue and relieve some people. The helicopter carrier USS Bataan that
had been conducting training in the gulf has also been diverted to the
coast to help rescue efforts. The ships and helicopters should be
arriving in the area of devastation over the next 5 days. There is
talk that the USNS Comfort (mobile Naval Hospital) may also sail from
Baltimore to provide additional medical assistance, temporary lodging,
and supplies but no decision has been made as of yet.
?Warships, hospital ship join in storm relief ?

Unfortunately it?s hard to say what additional progress these
emergency response agencies have made, or might be making with regard
to your shared idea about civilian vessels (a great one too I might
add) as communications in and out of these areas is still quite
limited. Let?s hope that some of these cruise companies step forward
and offer to do what needs to be done in the interest of these
unfortunate people and their horrible situation.

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Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 31 Aug 2005 08:59 PDT
According to this later news report the USNS Comfort has now sailed
for the Gulf also.

'Pentagon Coordinating Katrina Response'

Subject: Re: Cruise Ships for New Orleans Relief
From: justaskscott-ga on 31 Aug 2005 08:52 PDT
The AP reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is
"considering putting people on cruise ships" among other vessels.

"Governor: Everyone Must Leave New Orleans," by Brett Martel,
Associated Press (Aug. 31, 2005)
Yahoo! News
Subject: Re: Cruise Ships for New Orleans Relief
From: justaskscott-ga on 31 Aug 2005 08:53 PDT
Sorry; I was researching my comment as tutuzdad was posting his
answer.  My comment just repeats some of the information in the
Subject: Re: Cruise Ships for New Orleans Relief
From: myoarin-ga on 31 Aug 2005 09:43 PDT
I just got an email that persons in the Tulane hospital will be
evacuated by helicopter.  The Navy and cruise ships can only make a
small dent in the problem.

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