Del, refugee doesn't necessarily mean that they are coming from someplace else, here is the definition as I found it on dictionary.com:
ref·u·gee P Pronunciation Key (rfy-j)
One who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or religious persecution.
oh and they also had this a little further down:
n : an exile who flees for safety
These people have been displaced from their homes, they had to flee for their own saftey, granted its not from a war or political unrest, but in this case a Natural Disaster. If I were a victim I think I would consider myself a Refugee.
Back on topic: Yes the media is stupid and how they are portraying these victims is unfortunate and its too bad some people are dumb like that.