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A First Hand Report From VFA President -- Jacqui Ceballos --

From her home in Lafayette, Louisiana...

The president of VFA lives in Lafayette, 3 hours west of New Orleans, and has Katrina evacuees in her home. She reports that the city of Lafayette is packed with New Orleaneans:

The well off have bought up the real estate.There are no apartments or homes available. The poor are in the Cajun dome and It isn't comfortable.

Lafayette is dry, but, those left in New Orleans are in hell. Several VFA members in Baton Rouge also have New Orleaneans in their homes. They, too, had lots of hurricane damage. We hope and pray that New Orleans VFA members are safe. It's impossible to find out, as there is no communication at all.

September 26th: Update from Jaqui Ceballos on Hurricane Rita:

Thanks to all of you who inquired about my safety! As you know by now Rita wasn't as strong as she was predicted to be...and she didn't give Lafayette the brunt of her fury. For awhile I was worried...took all pictures/mirrors off the walls. and placed them in an inside closet along with VFA files. If storm had hit us as promised my picture windows could have been broken...pine trees could have fallen on my roof, I couldn't take a chance. It was a very exciting and frightening storm for us. Nearby towns were flooded...and you know what happened in New Orleans, Lake Charles and parts of Texas. Biggest problem was electricity was off all Saturday...and then telephone wasn't connected until Sunday (9/25)...Computer wasn't working...circuits were overloaded. My cell phone also wasn't receiving incoming calls until Sunday I was completely cut off for two days.

Thanks again for your concern. Always nice to hear from friends -- I'm fine. Once I get everything back into place I'll be back to normal.

New Orleans evacuees are all around me and the city has 80,000 plus temporary residents who have rented every available space and are buying houses like mad. Most will return to New Orleans and we're confident that the Big Easy will be better than ever -- though it may take a couple of years.


You can contact Jacqui Ceballos via E-Mail:

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Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 11:41:49 -0500 (Central Daylight Time)
From: Sandra Hufstetler


So sorry to have taken so long to get to your message of concern! Was out of state and had some difficulty in getting back in, and communication has continued to be a problem. We and all our family survived - sister and two nephews and families lost their homes in Waveland and Pass Christian, MS, but no deaths, so we are feeling very blessed. Not so for so many others! Please continue to pray for their recovery in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast.

Thanks again,
Sandra Hufstetler
Hammond, LA 70403
Head of ERA Louisiana.

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A Message from ASA - American Sociological Association
President Cynthia Fuchs Epstein About Hurricane Katrina

Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 2:51 PM

Dear Colleagues:

With deep concern for the disastrous events that have occurred because of Hurricane Katrina, ASA officers and the Executive Office have been engaged in a number of responses and initiatives. I would like to inform you about some of them.

As individuals and as members of universities and community groups, many of us have found ways to help victims of Hurricane Katrina immediately (e.g., through monetary donations and services; through hosting displaced students and families). In addition, some of us are working through our professional organizations to help the nation understand underlying long-term issues (e.g., through informed comments in the media, on internet blogs, and other grassroots communications). ASA and other professional organizations are exploring additional avenues to communicate our especially relevant insight of both the short- and long-term problems such as the disruption of people’s lives; the differential impact of race, gender, and class; as well as the contribution of institutional and political factors to the severity of the hurricane’s aftermath.

Collaborating with the Social Science Research Council, for example, ASA has begun work on an initiative to bring together academics in the Gulf States and other scholars, under the leadership of internationally known disaster expert Kai Erikson, to establish a comprehensive research agenda focused on key issues of importance to both disaster preparedness and dealing with the aftermath (e.g., displacement of Americans to other cities). Troy Duster, ASA Past-President, Frances Fox Piven, President-Elect, and I are engaged in planning and will report as this work becomes organized. Colleagues in various regional associations, too, have been hard at work to help victims. Other associations have also responded with various initiatives, and as we move forward we plan to coordinate with them.

ASA Executive Office staff are creating information on the website, some of which is forthcoming (see file:///, establishing linkages, working on behalf of colleagues and their families in need, and the larger community as well.

We will keep you up to date, but we also invite you to inform the ASA office (at about your specific efforts so that those might be shared on the ASA website, as appropriate.

With warm regards,

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein
President, American Sociological Association

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Hurricane Victims Need Your Help Today!

Much of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Alabama is obliterated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and floodwaters continue to rise in the overwhelmed city of New Orleans. Millions of people are suffering from the devastation and desperately need water, food, shelter and medical care today, as well as help coping with what promises to be a massive long-term recovery effort.

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