Arrival of evacuees confirmed

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MN Nat'l Guard, Public Safety revise date and numbers

According to a press relase that came from the state's Department of Public Safety earlier today, FEMA has confirmed that evacuees will be arriving in Minnesota.

"FEMA has notified the Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) that Minnesota is scheduled to receive hurricane survivors on Tuesday, September 13," according to the release. "The state can expect a maximum of 500 survivors to arrive then, but FEMA emphasizes that the number of evacuees and arrival date is subject to change."

In fact, while this soldifies news of the arrivals a bit, Guard spokeswoman Lt. Shannon Purvis warns that the troops at Camp Ripley are still awaiting larger numbers, "maybe up to 1,000," and concedes that this might just be an initial phase. Then again, it might not.

To read the full press release, click below.

FEMA SAYS HURRICANE SURVIVORS SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE IN MINNESOTA ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Up to 500 Survivors Could Arrive as Part of 21-State Relocation Plan

ST. PAUL -- FEMA has notified the Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) that Minnesota is scheduled to receive hurricane survivors on Tuesday, September 13. The state can expect a maximum of 500 survivors to arrive then, but FEMA emphasizes that the number of evacuees and arrival date is subject to change.


FEMA has developed a relocation schedule for 21 states, including Minnesota. The schedule begins today and continues through Wednesday, September 14.


"Minnesota is prepared and ready to welcome hurricane survivors," says Michael Campion, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. "Our state is committed to helping these survivors through this difficult time. The response across Minnesota, from volunteers to state officials to our National Guard, has been overwhelmingly positive."


State officials continue to request that Hurricane Katrina survivors who have already self-evacuated to Minnesota contact the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) hotline at 651-297-1304, 1-800-657-3504, TTY 1-800-657-3822.


Survivors will be asked if they have registered with FEMA, Red Cross and their local county social service agency. Survivors will be asked of their immediate needs, and needs of their sponsor organization/family.

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SEOC#7-9/8/05


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