DirecTV Launches Storm-Info Channel

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DirecTV Inc. has launched a dedicated Hurricane Katrina information channel, and the direct-broadcast satellite firm said it is also working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross to install DirecTV systems in relief shelters throughout the Gulf Coast region.

DirecTV said the Katrina information channel, available on channel 100, contains information on road closures throughout the Gulf Coast region; counties that are able to assist evacuees; locations and phone numbers of shelters; insurance company contact information; and contact information for groups like the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Feed the Children.

In addition to wiring shelters with DirecTV programming, the company said it is working with local, state and federal officials to make DirecTV systems available to them to communicate with people affected by the hurricane, especially those in shelters.