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Bechtel National to Provide Short-term Housing for Hurricane Victims

Frederick, MD - September 8, 2005 Bechtel National, Inc., has been selected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assess and provide for emergency needs in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina.  

"Bechtel task forces are already on the ground in the Gulf States receiving detailed FEMA briefings to determine where and how we can best help," said Thomas Hash, President of BNI.  "Our first task order calls for us to help provide short-term housing facilities in Mississippi," he said.  
"We are saddened by the unimaginable devastation and loss of human life," Hash said.  "Bechtel is ready to go to work with the other organizations FEMA has selected to help in this unprecedented relief effort," he added.  

Bechtel is taking every measure to ensure the safety, health, and security of employees being deployed in the Gulf States.  All are receiving medical screening and specialized training for work in the disaster area.   

Bechtel has a long history of emergency response and restoration work, including disaster relief.  Its efforts have included providing expertise in critical areas such as hazardous materials, communications, environmental contaminants, agency coordination, and occupational health during the rescue and cleanup effort at New York City's Ground Zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001; providing support to the U.S. Air Force and NATO in 1999 to build the first U.S. government-sponsored camp for Kosovo refugees in Albania; and volunteering more than 100 engineers to make structural safety assessments in San Francisco and Oakland and help the city of San Francisco with rescue and recovery efforts after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.  

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