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Canadian Disaster Assistance Response Team refused entry by Homeland Security!

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posted on Sep, 4 2005 @ 09:03 PM
Vancouver's USAR team is already hard at work.

Expert squad first into area, has saved 30

An elite team of rescue experts from Vancouver has saved 30 people in a suburb east of New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

"It is very hot. There are no power, water or sewage-treatment systems operating," Tim Armstrong, Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue team leader, reported yesterday.

"Rescue teams must travel by the road system, wading through knee-deep water, searching each structure . . . We have rescued approximately 30 citizens at this point and are providing medical triage as they are brought into base camp."

Friday, the team was designated to lead rescue efforts in St. Bernard Parish, where an estimated 30,000 homes were flooded to their rooflines.


"We are the first and only USAR team so far deployed in this area and are in operations mode now," Armstrong reported.

"This area took a direct hit . . . so there's no power, water or food . . . There is lots of police protection for us, but what they don't have is the expertise as far as rescue. They're more than thankful that we're here."

McKearney said Armstrong told him the team planned to spend yesterday establishing a functioning command post to organize further rescue efforts and to continue combing the area, zone by zone, for survivors.

The team of 45 left for Lafayette, La., last week and was transferred from there to Kenner, a suburb of New Orleans. Rescue operations were initially postponed Thursday because armed gangs of looters made leaving the staging area in Kenner too dangerous.

McKearney said the team heard gunfire as it was barged into the area, but has not been shot at.

The senior team leaders have been calling in updates to the city on how the operation is progressing. The updates can be followed here. The most recent:

We conducted operations in St. Bernard Parish today. We had to transit through New Orleans where the devastation was quite stunning to say the least. The devastation was unbelievable. We came in from a different direction than we went in the first day to St. Bernard Parish. We got in by rowboat, but we had to drive through standing water first for quite a few miles in vehicles. But we ended up getting there and set up operations.

We were successful in extricating 73 people out of the area that were still trapped. Unfortunately, one lady died when we got her back to the camp. Her body temperature had risen to the point where the dehydration was so that she died from exposure. But the team performed well. We were working out of air boats and other boats. It’s hard to describe in words the amount of destruction there. It was really heart wrenching to get people out of there, and then they still had no real place to go and didn't know what’s in store for them. So, it’s a pretty traumatic day for everybody, but everybody’s in good spirits and we all worked hard. We’re doing some good for the people here. All in all that’s our day.

posted on Sep, 7 2005 @ 02:40 PM

20,000 Canadian cots sent for hurricane relief

Last Updated Wed, 07 Sep 2005 11:23:41 EDT
CBC News

A convoy of 20 trucks left Montreal for Texas Tuesday, carrying 20,000 cots and blankets destined for the American Red Cross hurricane relief effort.

The Red Cross expects them to be dispatched to some of its 485 emergency shelters set up to accept more than 140,000 hurricane evacuees.

The cots are the property of Quebec's public security department. It bought 55,000 of them after the 1998 ice storm.

Sauvé said the province agreed to loan them for as long as they're needed. And Ottawa stepped in to pay the shipping costs.

The federal minister for intergovernmental affairs, Lucienne Robillard, said cooperation is key.

So far the Canadian Red Cross has collected $1.5 million to help in the relief effort.

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Glad to see Quebec and the Feds co-operating so well here.

Canadian ships sail to aid hurricane victims

Last Updated Wed, 07 Sep 2005 07:47:01 EDT
CBC News

Three navy ships and a Canadian Coast Guard vessel are expected to reach Louisiana in about five days. They are being joined by several Sea King helicopters.

One thousand Canadian Forces and coast guard personnel are aboard. They are bringing provisions including clean water, massive tents, cots, body bags, assault boats, lumber, pollution cleanup equipment, bug spray, and even diapers and baby wipes.

Planes will continue to replenish supplies once the ships are in waters off Louisiana.

Canadian navy divers have also been dispatched from Halifax and Esquimalt, B.C. They will help their U.S. counterparts clear navigational hazards such as loose barges and inspect New Orleans' damaged levees.

Although the current emphasis is on basic supplies, Canada could consider sending more sophisticated equipment, such as mobile hospitals.

The aid is coming from stockpiles set aside as part of the Canadian military's own disaster preparedness plans.

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I can't help but think that the line I bolded is a reference to DART.

Canadian universities open doors to hurricane survivors

Last Updated Tue, 06 Sep 2005 07:08:12 EDT
CBC News

The schools said they will admit undergraduates who were enrolled at Louisiana and Mississippi universities that have been closed indefinitely by flood damage. Up to 100,000 students have been displaced according to the Association of American Universities.

"If we can accommodate these students until [New Orlean's] Tulane is up and running, then we're happy to do so," said Jennifer Robinson of [Montreal's] McGill University.

Robinson said the university has had over 100 phone calls from interested students. So far, two have agreed to travel to Montreal to study.

The students' immigration papers are being fast-tracked. McGill's Robinson said the only inconvenience will be that the new students have to find their own places to live.

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I'm betting they will find help with housing too.


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