Washington is rushing aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The Navy is sending four ships carrying water and other supplies to the Gulf Coast region.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent medical specialists from across the country.
FEMA says it has 500 trucks of ice, 500 trucks of water and 350 trucks of military meals-ready-to-eat scheduled for distribution in the next ten days.
Four Navy amphibious ships are to leave Norfolk, Virginia, over the next few days for deployment on the Gulf Coast.
The Coast Guard is conducting search-and-rescue missions, assessing damage in the air and on the water and flying in supplies.