Assisting The Poor During A Disaster

Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a disaster that left thousands homeless and nowhere to turn. Many were low income Gulf Coast residents. They were left stranded to deal with the massive hurricane. Many simply could not afford to evacuate. But what if a Katrina like storm hit Eastern Carolina? What would residents here do who couldn't afford to leave? The mayor of Chocowinity in Beaufort County says emergency services officials will actually go around to check on people, to see if they need to head to a shelter. Many communities have similar plans in place. Residents are also advised to pack medications and food if they must evacuate to a shelter.