Air Mattress Purchase Information: Air Beds Function as Short Term Solution For Residents Displaced By Hurricane Katrina

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New web site provides air mattress information and comparisons of various air beds, an important temporary housing solution for evacuees displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, millions of Louisiana residents have been displaced. Finding housing is a serious problem -- in many areas of Louisiana, it is simply impossible to find a bed. A new web site provides pricing and valuable product comparison information about a short term solution: air beds and air mattresses. Air beds a cheap way for displaced citizens to house themselves with friends, in campgrounds, or any other area they can find space. The Air Mattress Buyer's Guide, at, compares various products, from the cheapest (but functional) beds to the higher end, and provides tips for getting a good night's sleep on an air mattress.

Areas across Louisiana and beyond have been inundated with residents of New Orleans. In nearby areas such as Lafayette and Baton Rouge, housing markets have been flooded with people seeking a place to stay. When asked about potential housing, real estate agents as far north as Alexandria simply laughed and stated that evacuees should not even come there unless they had family in the area. Many companies have also relocated entire offices from New Orleans to the smaller cities in the immediate vicinity. Some have even gone so far as to simply buy up vast quantities of local housing, pushing affordable space out of the reach of many evacuees. While hotels have spaces available in some areas, many residents cannot afford the expense. Temporary housing solutions such as air beds allow evacuees to stay with family and friends who might not otherwise have space.

Even with the city reopening, people will have great difficulty finding a place to sleep. Many houses, while no longer underwater, have been flooded with large amounts of water and no longer have a viable place to sleep. Regular mattresses have been ruined, and there simply are not enough beds in the area for even New Orleans residents who choose to return and who can afford it to purchase a new bed. Information at permits users to compare several potential air mattresses, ranging in price from $20 to several hundred. Because they are inflatable and can be easily shipped, air beds provide a stop gap solution for die-hard New Orleans residents who are eager to return to their homes.

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