Allegheny County Pulls Together to Provide a Safe Haven for Hurricane Katrina Evacuees
The content below may contain dated material as it was prepared for the media in advance of Pittsburgh’s hosting of the G20 in March 2010.
In September 2005, Allegheny County public and private agencies and individuals in the community rose to the challenge of supporting more than 250 persons who fled the Gulf Coast and made their way to Allegheny County in the aftermath of the natural disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina. The Department of Human Services coordinated the efforts that lead to Allegheny County opening a one-stop center staffed with representatives from diverse providers of services, both short-term and long-term. Individuals and families found assistance with housing, food, clothing, education, medical, records retrieval and employment services.
The University of Pittsburgh, Institute of Politics prepared a report of the efforts – Hurricane Katrina: A Community’s Response to a National Disaster, written by former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor Clarke Thomas.
Allegheny County’s response to the aftermath of Katrina was not without its precedent. Hurricane Ivan had devastated the County just one year prior. The County, through its departments– including the Department of Human Services, had pulled together a similar network of supports to assisted affected residents.