DSS Tweaking Shelter Plans

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The state is making changes to its shelter preparations after problems that cropped up during Hurricane Gustav.

The facilities will be redesigned, food and supplies will be pre-staged at each one, and hygiene services will arrive before evacuees enter the shelters. That's according to the Department of Social Services, the agency that oversees the four state-run shelters.

The changes will shrink the number of people who can fit into the shelters, and one shelter may not be opened at all because of the remodeling needed.

The social services department received heavy criticism for its shelters in north Louisiana during Gustav because they lacked adequate bathroom facilities and didn't have showers for several days after evacuees arrived.

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