Katrina: America's Worst Disaster and the American Red Cross

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Charitable donations in the aftermath of Katrina are unprecedented in US history--more than a billion dollars, with three-quarters going to the American Red Cross. But is the Red Cross providing immediate relief for hurricane victims as mandated by Congress? Small-town officials say the organization was nowhere to be found. Was it overwhelmed by the magnitude of the disaster? Did local laws and priorities get in the way? Will the Red Cross reimburse local churches and other charities that stepped in? We hear from a Red Cross spokesperson recently returned from Biloxi, public policy experts, and nonprofits and civic leaders along the Gulf Coast.
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Chief Justice nominee John Roberts

Senate Judiciary Committee

American Red Cross on projected costs of Katrina

Hurricane Rita, National Weather Service tracking on

Texas preparations for Hurricane Rita

Hanna's article on coastal residents fleeing as Rita approaches



Warren Olney