Human Services Report #7
• The situation is Southern Mississippi continues to improve as the arrival of electricity and more FEMA Blue shirts has had a noticeable affect on the morale of the citizenry.
• The Red Cross reports that there are still 1,641 victims in 20 shelters in the six southern counties of Miss. The ARC reported serving 31,000 meals in the area.
• Discovered and assisted, along with ESF 8, a small Vietnamese community in Jackson County that, for cultural reasons, was hesitant to come forward and seek assistance.
• Facilitated arrival of 17 trucks from New York to new donation warehouse at Stennis Airport.
• Increasing reports of widespread abandoned/lost animals. An animal control team from Hillsborough County arrived in Hancock County after working in Jackson and Harrison Counties.
• Reports of food shortages by ARC and TSA kitchens.
• Beginning the process of demobilization of human resources from Florida
• USDA commodities are not arriving as rapidly as needed.
• There is no ESF-17 representative and there are significant animal issues, including rodents, which must be dealt with.
• The scarcity of trucks is affecting the ability to move critical resources into the area.
• Continue assistance to small community of Pearlington in Hancock.
• Continue assessment of small coastal communities
• Deploy USDA commodities to kitchens as they arrive
• Improve quality of life in the shelters
• Prepare for and implement demobilization of Florida human resources
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