FEMA Issuing Debit Cards for Katrina Victims

SEPTEMBER 6, 2005 - Posted at 1:29 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON - The government says people displaced by Hurricane Katrina will get debit cards to help pay for necessary personal items.

The deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says workers are going from shelter to shelter to make sure evacuees get cards quickly.  Patrick Rhode tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that the paperwork usually required to get the debit cards will be reduced or eliminated.

Rhode once again defended the federal government's response to the hurricane and its aftermath.  He says that while the response hasn't been perfect, people are "moving heaven and earth to do everything they can."

Meantime, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco is again saying the state hasn't had enough resources in the aftermath of the storm.

She tells ABC that even after "begging" for resources, "nothing came as quickly as we needed it."

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