Getting Back to Normal

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

The agencies involved have been given strict orders not to stomp on each other's territory. Keep this simple. Not be heavy-handed, in terms of bureaucracy, and be sure the people get helped first, counted second.

Jim Dunnavant, with Nevada JobConnect, says they are just one of several organizations preparing for an influx of temporary, or permanent, residents from the hurricane affected areas.

Teams from JobConnect will first assess who is ready for a job, then the primary mission will help those people start earning paychecks as soon as possible. And, getting a job shouldn't be a problem: currently, there are more than 1,800 job openings in the Reno-Sparks area.

The people that are job ready will have no difficulty in this economy. Every place you go today has a help wanted sign in the window.

Besides jobs, there will be children who need to get back in a classroom.

Paul Dugan, the superintendent of the Washoe County School District, says the doors are open and the classrooms are already prepared.

Since the federal government considers these children "homeless," they are entitled to many benefits including two hot meals a day.

The district is already in contact with the Louisiana Department of Education to get paperwork ready to transfer to the student's new school.

The plan is to have the students in school as soon as next week.

Several universities across the country are also having to make room for new students.

The University of Nevada recently enrolled six students left without a college because of the hurricane, and they say they are letting the students pay in-state tuition and waiving any late fees.


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