No, that word has been renounced as "racist" or unfair. "They aren't refugees. They're survivors." Even Oprah has jumped on the anti-refugee bandwagon.
It got me wondering what the word refugee meant. Dictionary.com is a great site.
One who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or
Well, we keep being reminded we're at war. Those who were shooting their guns were acting like they were at war. If Bush's delays in providing aid weren't political oppression, I don't know what would be. And, if you believe many on the religious right, it was an act of religious persecution from God to the sinners.
I will call them refugees.