Local Residents Want to Open Their Homes

By: Natalie Swaby
By: Natalie Swaby

The cries for help caught the attention of Stacie Kuerschner.

"You watch all the news and wonder what you can do to help, I know we can send money, but I feel like we can even offer more," she says.

For her more means welcoming hurricane victims into her home.

"If a mother and a baby came they could have this space," she says as walks through a spare bedroom.

But before she makes room, Dane County Emergency Management wants her to wait.

"Most certainly they need to wait for emergency management agencies to give them direction. Wait until the states that have been effected communicate back, and let us now what their needs are," says Dane County Emergency Management Director, Kathy Krusiec.

That is what the county is doing before they move hospital patients in, send doctors out, or deploy police officers, they want to know what the needs are and make sure Wisconsin can deliver.

Krusiec adds, "people are going to go down, there is not going to be any place for them to stay, they are having difficulty feeding and getting water into the people that are there. There really isn't a process for them to be incorporated into right now."

While that process is being put together they ask people to be patient, but when Kuerschner sees these images she feels it is time to take action.

"I just feel that we have the ability," she says. "It is not like we are the richest people in the world or have the biggest house, and the most space but it is better than 25,000 people sitting in the stands of the Superdome."

Currently, on some websites families are offering a place to stay for hurricane victims, and we've received lots of calls and e?mails from people wanting to offer housing. Dane County Emergency Management encourages people to wait for word from officials before they do that.

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