Evacuees face background checks for long-term housing

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP)_When hurricane victims arrive at the dorms at Fort McClellan for long-term housing they will be given a criminal background check, and then asked questions by Federal Emergency Management Agency officials and local entities about their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Crews working at the former Army base are setting up rooms and space for the screening of up to one-thousand refugees from Hurricane Katrina, and have prepared their own list of questions for people to enter the barracks.

FEMA will likely provide screeners and run the screening process, although city officials still aren't sure of the details.

Anniston Mayor Chip Howell says refugees with family connections in Anniston will be given first choice in the barracks, followed by Alabama hurricane victims, then other refugees from Louisiana and Mississippi.

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