Anniston, Ala. mayor wants to help Haitians

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - Anniston Mayor Gene Robinson wants the city to help Haitian earthquake victims by using buildings once intended to house hurricane evacuees.

The Anniston Star reports that the mayor asked the council on Tuesday for authority to create a donation depository and to approach Calhoun County commissioners about using a former military police barracks at Fort McClellan to shelter displaced Haitians.

The buildings were used in 2005 for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Area leaders worked together to prepare for an expected influx of at least 1,000 people.

After the Federal Emergency Management Agency spent millions in contracts to renovate the barracks, only six evacuees moved in.

Councilman Ben Little said he doesn't believe the barracks will be adequate and said other places are available for shelter.

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