The Presbyterian Church USA has five such camps in the Gulf region, and two more are planned. The church has made a seven-year commitment to the area.
Those staying here pay $10 a night to sleep on a cot in a corrugated plastic 'pod' and another $10 for meals. The sanitary facilities are Port-a-Johns, outdoor sinks, foot-washing stations and a trailer with eight showers, four for each sex.
The 'pods,' says the village manager, can withstand winds of 60 mph. She tells us this Monday night because thunderstorms are expected. There's an evacuation plan for this camp that requires us to drive down the road, past the FEMA trailers, to what used to be a water park.
Although we do get quite a lot of lightning and thunder, the storm passes us by. But the very best part of our living quarters is that through an interconnection of ductwork, the 'pods' are air-conditioned at night.
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