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R E L I AN T C E N T E R

J I C

Joint Information Center

Hurricane Katrina

Houston Response

September 5, 2005

3:00 P.M.

NEWS RELEASE

FORMER PRESIDENTS CREATE KATRINA FUND

(HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS) - Former Presidents George Bush (41) and Bill Clinton have

announced creation of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to help victims of Hurricane

Katrina. The Governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama will decide how to

best use the funds collected in order to meet their state's individual needs.

Lee Scott, CEO of Walmart, announced that the Walmart Corporation and the Walton

family foundation would donate a total of $23 million dollars to the Bush-Clinton

Katrina Fund. Houston Astros owner Drayton McClane and Gallery Furniture's Jim

"Mattress Mac" MacInvale will announce details of a local fundraising event in the

near future.

The Former Presidents and Texas Governor Rick Perry toured the Reliant Center

shelter and the Unified Command Post to visit with residents and officials heading

up massive response effort.

On Day Four of the "Hurricane Katrina - Houston Relief Effort," the Unified Command

announced a new "zoning plan" for what is now being called "Reliant City." With

30,400 total residents, the Reliant Park Complex is now the largest evacuation

shelter in U.S. history consisting of four locations:

. Dome City now with 23,000 residents

. Center City now with 3,800 residents

. Arena City now with 2,300 residents

. George R. Brown City now with 1,300 residents

Plans are now underway to provide residents with typical neighborhood amenities such

as a Welcome Center, Banking Center, Reliant Town Square Park, Reliant City Medical

Center, a Transit Center with Metro Transit Authority and HISD school bus stops. The

Reliant Town Square will include a playground, sports field and laundry facilities.

The Salvation Army will construct several refreshment centers east of Dome City.

Construction should be complete by this Friday, September 9, 2005.

All residents of Reliant City are being given special color-coded wristbands to

identify their area of residence. Additionally, there will be new access rules

including closing admission to the cities at 11:00 P.M.

According to the Harris County Department of Education, more than 4,000 school-aged

children are expected to register on this Wednesday and Thursday for classes

starting next Monday, September 12, 2005. This Friday, September 9, 2005, parents

and children are invited to tour their new schools and meet their teachers and

school staff. The Houston Independent School District (HISD) will provide

transportation for the School Tours and daily travel for students to the 20 nearby

schools in the District receiving Reliant City students.

One hundred-thousand square feet of empty warehouse space was converted into the

Reliant City Medical Center with 70 patient treatment spaces open 24-hours a day.

The Clinic is seeing an average of 1,400 patients per day, and have treated move

than 5,100 patients in the four days of the Houston Relief Effort. Four days ago,

doctors and nurses were treating patients at a rate of 150 per hour, now that rate

has dropped to 40 - 50 patients per hour and only 5 per hour overnight. CVS has set

up a full-service pharmacy that has dispensed between 10,000 - 12,000 prescriptions

to date, or an average of about 3,000 prescriptions per day. More than 7,500

patients have received tetanus shots. Over the last four days, 76 children and 37

adults have been treated for gastro-intestinal illness (Diarrhea).

Representatives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of

Health and Human Services are on site to assist residents and volunteers. More than

100 mental health clinicians and between 500 - 600 health care professionals have

volunteered to assist residents.

- END -

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This was updated a few minutes later. Note the lower totals.

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R E L I A N T C E N T E R

J I C

Joint Information Center

Hurricane Katrina

Houston Response

September 5, 2005

3:00 P.M.

NEWS RELEASE

UPDATED FORMER PRESIDENTS CREATE KATRINA FUND

(HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS) - Former Presidents George Bush (41) and Bill Clinton have

announced creation of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to help victims of Hurricane

Katrina. The Governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama will decide how to

best use the funds collected in order to meet their state's individual needs.

Lee Scott, CEO of Walmart, announced that the Walmart Corporation and the Walton

family foundation would donate a total of $23 million dollars to the Bush-Clinton

Katrina Fund. Houston Astros owner Drayton McClane and Gallery Furniture's Jim

"Mattress Mac" MacInvale will announce details of a local fundraising event in the

near future.

The Former Presidents and Texas Governor Rick Perry toured the Reliant Center

shelter and the Unified Command Post to visit with residents and officials heading

up massive response effort.

On Day Four of the "Hurricane Katrina - Houston Relief Effort," the Unified Command

announced a new "zoning plan" for what is now being called "Reliant City." With

24,900 total residents, the Reliant Park Complex is now the largest evacuation

shelter in U.S. history consisting of four locations:

. Dome City now with 17,500 residents

. Center City now with 3,800 residents

. Arena City now with 2,300 residents

. George R. Brown City now with 1,300 residents

Plans are now underway to provide residents with typical neighborhood amenities such

as a Welcome Center, Banking Center, Reliant Town Square Park, Reliant City Medical

Center, a Transit Center with Metro Transit Authority and HISD school bus stops. The

Reliant Town Square will include a playground, sports field and laundry facilities.

The Salvation Army will construct several refreshment centers east of Dome City.

Construction should be complete by this Friday, September 9, 2005.

All residents of Reliant City are being given special color-coded wristbands to

identify their area of residence. Additionally, there will be new access rules

including closing admission to the cities at 11:00 P.M.

According to the Harris County Department of Education, more than 4,000 school-aged

children are expected to register on this Wednesday and Thursday for classes

starting next Monday, September 12, 2005. This Friday, September 9, 2005, parents

and children are invited to tour their new schools and meet their teachers and

school staff. The Houston Independent School District (HISD) will provide

transportation for the School Tours and daily travel for students to the 20 nearby

schools in the District receiving Reliant City students.

One hundred-thousand square feet of empty warehouse space was converted into the

Reliant City Medical Center with 70 patient treatment spaces open 24-hours a day.

The Clinic is seeing an average of 1,400 patients per day, and have treated move

than 5,100 patients in the four days of the Houston Relief Effort. Four days ago,

doctors and nurses were treating patients at a rate of 150 per hour, now that rate

has dropped to 40 - 50 patients per hour and only 5 per hour overnight. CVS has set

up a full-service pharmacy that has dispensed between 10,000 - 12,000 prescriptions

to date, or an average of about 3,000 prescriptions per day. More than 7,500

patients have received tetanus shots. Over the last four days, 76 children and 37

adults have been treated for gastro-intestinal illness (Diarrhea).

Representatives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of

Health and Human Services are on site to assist residents and volunteers. More than

100 mental health clinicians and between 500 - 600 health care professionals have

volunteered to assist residents.

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I also heard on the news that there will be a separate Houston fund set up by the former presidents to help with the relief effort. Jim MacInvale started the fund off with a donation of $300,000.

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That's interesting. Channel 13 reported 30,400 total evacuees in the 4 shelters. The discrepancy is the Dome figure. They said it was 23,000. That sounds high compared to everything else I've seen.

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editor, I think your press release is more accurate than Channel 13. It appears Ch. 13 added Reliant Arena & Center into the Dome totals, and then added them in again.

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I think we can safely use the following totals for the next couple of weeks:

. Dome City now with a crapload of residents

. Center City now with a buttload residents

. Arena City now with truckload of residents

. George R. Brown City now with a heckofalotta residents

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The Chrinicle reports 7,188 residents at the Reliant Park shelters, and an additional 1,400 at the GRB. The Red Cross is signing up people to receive its debit cards, not to be confused with FEMA debit cards. The Red Cross cards will be distributed, beginning Friday.

At this rate, they will probably have Reliant Park shut down by next weekend, when the Texans play their home opener. This will deprive the tailgaters the opportunity to shower the evacuees with brisket, ribs and beer, which would have really made them all want to stay in Texas. :P

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The Chrinicle reports 7,188 residents at the Reliant Park shelters, and an additional 1,400 at the GRB. 

I can imagine that more that a few of these people were able to find family to stay with somewhere, and that many more were bused somewhere else; but still, where do you think the rest of them went, and how long do you think these will stay?

The Red Cross is signing up people to receive its debit cards, not to be confused with FEMA debit cards.  The Red Cross cards will be distributed, beginning Friday.

Any idea what the criteria is to get either one of the cards?

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I can imagine that more that a few of these people were able to find family to stay with somewhere, and that many more were bused somewhere else; but still, where do you think the rest of them went, and how long do you think these will stay?

Any idea what the criteria is to get either one of the cards?

The criteria for getting the cards appears to be that you are staying at one of the Red Cross run shelters, including Reliant and GRB. Obviously, they will require you to be a victim of the storm. The amount given depends on need and size of family.

As to where the other thousands of evacuees went, my suspicion is that they have carjacked SUVs and driven them to suburban schools and malls, where they will rob and rape the conservative white women...and of course, the children. :lol:

Seriously, some have been transported to meet other family members, some are staying with family in Houston, some have gone back to Louisiana to assess damage, and many have already been placed in apartments and houses. Those that received aid in New Orleans received it here.

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As to where the other thousands of evacuees went, my suspicion is that they have carjacked SUVs and driven them to suburban schools and malls, where they will rob and rape the conservative white women...and of course, the children. 

so distasteful, yet funny. B)

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Latest shelter totals show the Houston Astrodome is EMPTY. The Houston/Harris County shelters have 3,183 residents. The plan is to have Reliant Center empty by this weekend as well. Only the Reliant Arena and GRB will house evacuees, to save money and time on operations.

http://www.hcjic.org/

They still hope to have all evacuees in semi-permanent housing by early next week.

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