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."
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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.