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September 3rd, 2008

Caution is warranted after storm

In situations like this, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We learned that much during hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Be sure that south Louisiana leaders want to allow residents back home as quickly as it is safe to do so. They’ve been working around the clock since last week to ensure people and property are safe.
We must let them finish the job they’ve started. Volunteers and first-responders across the state and the region are working to keep evacuees as comfortable as possible. It’s an uncomfortable situation for everyone involved, but it is a temporary inconvenience.

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Evacuating a good choice

While my family roots are firmly based in this area, I was born and raised on the west bank of New Orleans, and as we were finishing up Sunday morning’s Ruston Daily Leader late Saturday night, I received a couple of phone calls that left me pretty much sleepless for the next couple of days.

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State braces for Gustav

Guerin said the university’s housing division was working on accommodation plans.
“We’ll provide shelter and accommodations for as long as they need,” Guerin said. “We’re estimating between 200-250 Nicholls students, but we’re so much in a state of flux right now.”
Tech has also been lined up as a special-needs patient shelter, he said.
“Memorial Gym has essentially been federalized,” Guerin said. “Equipment and medical supplies are being dropped off, and we expect patients and staff some time on Sunday.”

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’Dogs bond for hurricane effort

The storm was foremost on the mind of head coach Derek Dooley and several players during a Labor Day press conference held at the Charles Wyly Athletic Center.
“Our main concern today, and what everybody is focused on, is the hurricane,” said the second-year head coach. “Our prayers go out to those people who are being affected by it. I’ve been through two of them while coaching with Miami (Dolphins). I don’t think one understands really what damage hurricanes can do or get an idea of what they’re like just by watching the weather on television.

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September 2nd

Feelings of anxiety swirl with storm

It was Gustav that did it — opening up my anxiety to full flow and resulting in several consecutive sleepless nights.
I know I’m not the only one struggling with that tightening grip and fighting back panic.
Flashbacks of scenes from hurricanes Katrina and Rita have been playing in my mind just like they did on TV three years ago.
I’m trying not to get carried away with worst-case-scenario thinking, I really am trying. But when the worst-case scenario actually happened not that long ago, it’s hard not to go there.

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Leadership must not let

Emergency situations like the one approaching Louisiana’s coast call for swift, caring and responsible actions by local, state and national leaders.
Residents’ very lives depend upon their decisions. The stakes could not be higher.
People across the nation witnessed the missteps, delays and poor judgment calls made during hurricanes Katrina and Rita only three years ago.
Many residents are still suffering from mistakes made before, during and after those storms.
Our state and our nation simply cannot bear to have a repeat of the 2005 tragedies.

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COMMUNITY READY FOR BULLDOG ACTION

Incorporating large groups into Tech’s tailgating activities has helped turn gameday into such a big event at Tech. Graham said Community Trust Bank will probably serve 500 people, First National Bank will probably serve 500 people, and that organizations like “Chase, Davison, Squire Creek, the automobile dealers, the hospitals and ambulance services all have pretty big groups, too.

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Big dogs’ helping out Bearkittens

And Talton reports that action has been taken to make definite improvements, including the installation of a new floor made of high-tech rubber like those used in college and professional weight rooms.
Wooley said that Williams also pushed for the new weight room floor after visiting other schools and seeing what successful programs had in place.  But it’s the one-to-one work with the athletes that are really making the difference.

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August 29th

Red Cross sets evacuation plans

“We’re going to be ready,” Burt said. “The Red Cross has brought cots, Aramark (food service) has been contacted, there are lots of people calling to volunteer.”
Ten of those are Hurricane Katrina evacuees who planted roots in the Ruston area and wanted to help in the effort to ride out Gustav, Burt said. She said she is worried that people will be eager to get out of south Louisiana as the day wears on, and the city could see its first influx of evacuees by Saturday. A family reunion planned for the weekend at the center has been cancelled.

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Strap in for

Gustav is set to make a turn toward the northwest later today, which will bring it back out over open waters and toward the Cayman Islands. The storm will likely regain hurricane status as it continues to tap the warm Caribbean waters.
Preparing for this storm in advance by looking at available resources and needs is absolutely imperative. The parish’s officials have learned that much from their experiences with hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which left evacuees in our area for weeks and tested all of us.

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