Today is Deadline for Hurricane Evacuees to Contact FEMA

UNDATED Today is the deadline for Hurricane Katrina evacuees to contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency if they want to keep receiving hotel payments.

Mark Askey of FEMA says evacuees staying in hotels must call and get their necessary authorization code.

Askey says if they don't call, FEMA will stop paying for their hotel room on February seventh. He says hotel owners will expect the evacuees to either pay the bills themselves or look for other accommodations.

Federal officials say finding shelter in a motel or hotel was intended to be a short-term situation.

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