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Red Cross sets evacuation plans

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“We’re going to be ready,” Burt said. “The Red Cross has brought cots, Aramark (food service) has been contacted, there are lots of people calling to volunteer.”

Ten of those are Hurricane Katrina evacuees who planted roots in the Ruston area and wanted to help in the effort to ride out Gustav, Burt said. She said she is worried that people will be eager to get out of south Louisiana as the day wears on, and the city could see its first influx of evacuees by Saturday. A family reunion planned for the weekend at the center has been cancelled.

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