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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Katrina victims to get $2K Debit Cards

The Associate Press reports that the government will distribute $2,000 debit cards to the adult victims (noticed how they're no longer called "refugees") of Hurricane Katrina.

"They are going to start issuing debit cards, $2,000 per adult, today (Wednesday) at the Astrodome," said Kathy Walt, a spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The cards can be used for food, transportation, gas and other essentials. (Uhm, before you can buy gas, you need a car; maybe they can get some on the cheap - after the purchase, they might have just enough left over to buy the gouging priced gasoline).

The total fund of $13 million will be distributed from the federal Disaster Relief Fund, said FEMA spokeswoman Natalie Rule. She said FEMA was setting up registration centers in shelters in Houston and Dallas where evacuees (again, not refugee) could obtain the cards.

The cards are issued on a one-household-one-card basis and evacuees can get the cards by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or by accessing the website at Obviously for those who have their laptops with them - or do they have computers at the rescue centers?

Here's the interesting part: As a safeguard against fraud, FEMA will use aerial photographs of devastated areas to verify that the refugees were, indeed, forced from their homes in cases where they cannot provide documents to prove their losses or identities. Imagine the conversation: "so you say you lived on Canal street. Oh, I see it is now a canal. Uhm, now which little bump here is your house?" - "That one right there, next to the floating body of my mama."

So, it's so kind of them to parcel out that little bit to the living. Now, what will FEMA give the dead victims? A decent burial, at least? An apology, maybe? ( Yahoo News)

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