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USA: Gulf hurricanes - The CWS response

RESPONSE: Ten Church World Service Disaster Response and Recovery Liaisons (DRRLs) are on-site in the directly affected areas and in key evacuee relocation areas, working in cooperation with FEMA and the American Red Cross, to assist the local faith community and area voluntary agencies in meeting immediate needs and organizing some 25 long-term recovery programs that will address the massive unmet needs related to this disaster. CWS anticipates regular deployments of its DRRLs for a period of 1 -- 3 years.

RECOVERY: CWS plans extensive

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USA: A Louisiana community finds help inside the box

Large brown boxes piled outside City Hall in Erath, Louisiana, at noon on Tuesday bore plain black-and-white labels reading "Hurricane Cleanup and Recovery Kit."
Within minutes, all 50 boxes were gone -- scooped up by the storm-worn but determined residents of this small Vermilion Parish community. No amount of muck, mud, or mold was going to keep these Louisiana folks from returning to homes that Hurricane Rita had made uninhabitable.

But the risks inherent in those homecomings have raised concern among environmental and community advocates who worry

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Emergency managers to assess US recovery assistance

Three experienced emergency managers will travel to the United States tomorrow to assess what expertise Australia can offer for the recovery process in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said three officers led by Emergency Management Australia (EMA) - a division of the Attorney General's Department - are due to leave for Washington early tomorrow morning (Monday).

This follows Prime Minister John Howard's offer to America of Australian assistance.

"The team brings excellence in understanding