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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Louisville Notified of Cancellation of Hurricane Evacuee Flights

Tuesday September 13, 2005

Mayor Jerry Abramson and Doug Hamilton, director of Louisville’s Emergency Management Agency, were notified late this afternoon that FEMA has cancelled all flights of evacuees from the Gulf Coast region. Louisville had been told to expect up to 295 evacuees scheduled to arrive tomorrow.

“We were glad to make the offer to help, and were ready and willing to do so,” Abramson said. “Our community has come forth with a tremendous outpouring of support toward displaced Gulf Coast residents and now we will focus our energy on the more than 2,000 people already in our community.”

The Louisville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will keep the Reception Center at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in place through Friday in case any large numbers of evacuees are transported by bus to Louisville, said Brian Quail, the chapter’s chief executive officer.

The cost of setting up the reception center is a reimbursable expense, according to FEMA officials. Non-perishable foods, blankets and other donated items will be used for the Red Cross’ on-going efforts to assist evacuees, Quail said.

The Family Assistance Center at the Louisville Gardens will remain open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, Sept. 16. Officials will evaluate the need for additional hours of operation on Friday. The Red Cross and Louisville Metro Government have provided assistance to more than 2,000 people who fled the Gulf Coast region.