Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

LSU Memorial Tower, Parade Ground and Flag
School of Library and Information Science
Cavan McCarthy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor**
Hurricane Katrina Information Resources

*UPDATED: October 11, 2005 (Including information relating to Hurricane Rita).


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Librarian's Index to the Internet

Hurricane Katrina Resources:


General Resources

Quality information resources, selected and annotated by California and Washington State librarians. 153 items on Sep. 10:

Comprehensive list of all Lii Katrina Resources: http://lii.org/search?query=hurricanekatrina;searchtype=keywords;view_all=Please

All references are in standard Lii presentation, e.g.:

Note: Lii changed its name to "Librarian's Internet Index" in late September, 2005.


Valuable guide to information resources.

Hurricane Katrina resources; Search for People; Search the Web.

Ask Jeeves: Hurricane Katrina:
"Ask Jeeves has put together some useful links for anyone looking to find the most up-to-date news and information regarding hurricane Katrina. Additionally, links are included for those who are interested in making relief contributions for the victims of the hurricane."

New York Times: Hurricane Katrina: Complete coverage: http://www.nytimes.com/pages/national/nationalspecial/index.html

Washington Post: Hurricane Katrina: Online Resources and How to Help:

BBC: In Depth: Hurricane Katrina:

CNN: Katrina Impact:

Hurricane Katrina - Top News:
Numerous links, etc. "This website was designed seven years ago as part of my business in web design and computer consultation.  Because my first name is the same as the hurricane that recently hit the southern United States, I have had an overwhelming number of “hits” on this site.  In an effort to be of some assistance, I have provided links to various government agencies and private entities.  I also have provided a message board to assist individuals in locating family and friends."

Middletown Thrall Library: Hurricane Katrina Information Guide:
Thrall Public Library District of Middleton and Walkhill, New York. Numerous links.

Hurricane Katrina: from Wikipedia:


Times-Picayune (New Orleans newspaper)

Major New Orleans newspaper; site fully operational and frequently updated throughout the emergency. Numerous important resources, constant updating and additions.

Opening page links to:

Missing Persons Database:
Create a page / Update a page / Search the database

Missing Persons I'm OK Forum
Survivor Stories Homes Available
Pet Rescue Volunteer
Reach Out Sound Off

Paying Our Respects
In Memoriam

What's Happened to My Neighborhood? Forums:
Ask for and share local information in our parish/zone forums
(with links to 18 separate neighborhood forums).

Times-Picayune Breaking News Weblog:

Nola View Weblog:
Current weblog by Jon Donley.

Hurricane Photos:

Submit your stories: Share your Hurricane story with us:

Link from opening page of Nola.com to:
Your photographs: submit here.


Gebauer, Matthias. The Eye of the Hurricane: New Orleans Times-Picayune. Der Spiegel. 2005 Sep. 8.
"They produced a paper on-location until the last possible minute; they fled as their trucks were in danger of flooding. Now reporters at the Times-Picayune are working from a provisional office and have turned their paper into a strong voice for the powerless -- and into a forum for the sinking town ... So far, an issue of the Times-Picayune has appeared every day ... Some issues could only be read online, because a printer for the paper edition had to be found. The Web site became an online blockbuster; readers could print out the pages in PDF format. Instead of the usual, pre-Katrina, 6 million hits per day, the servers now report an average daily count of about 30 million". (Der Spiegel is the German equivalent of Time or Newsweek).


Glaser, Mark. NOLA.com blogs and forums help save lives after Katrina. Online Journalism Review. 2005 Sep. 13.
"No one could touch the incredible journalism done by the staffs of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, its online counterpart NOLA.com, and Advance Internet (the corporate head of NOLA.com). NOLA.com ... now has become Exhibit A in the importance of the Internet for newspaper companies during a disaster. When the newspaper couldn't possibly be printed or distributed, the NOLA.com news blog became the source for news on hurricane damage and recovery efforts -- including updates from various reporters on the ground and even full columns and news stories. The blog actually became the paper, and it had to, because the newspaper's readership was in diaspora, spread around the country in shelters and homes of families and friends. The newspaper staff was transformed into citizen journalists, with arts reviewers doing disaster coverage and personal stories running alongside hard-hitting journalism ... NOLA.com editor Jon Donley turned over his NOLA View blog to his readers, who sent in dozens of calls for help. Those calls were relayed onto the blog, which was monitored constantly by rescuers, who then sent in teams to save them ... "On Sunday, August 28, we had 10 million page views, and Monday was 17 million and it was rising up until last Friday when it was 30 million. Now it's leveled off at around 10 to 12 million. In the first two weeks after the storm, we had over 200 million page views. Normally in a week we get 6 million page views or 800,000 to 900,000 per day"."

Times-Picayune Front Pages:

Monday, August 29th:
"GROUND ZERO: Superdome Becomes Last Resort for Thousands Unable to Leave"

Tuesday, August 30th:
"CATASTROPHIC: Katrina: the storm we've always feared: Storm Surge Swamps 9th Ward, St. Bernard".

Wednesday, August 31st:
"UNDER WATER: Levee breach swamps city from lake to river; Population urged to leave; Years of cleanup ahead"

Thursday, Sep. 1st:
"HITTING BOTTOM: The Water has Finally Stopped Pouring in, but it Could be October Before the City Dries Out"

Friday, Sep. 2nd:
'HELP US PLEASE: After the Disaster, Chaos and Lawlessness Rule the Streets"

Saturday, Sep. 3rd:
"FIRST WATER, NOW FIRE: Blazes turn parts of besieged city into an inferno".

Sunday, Sep. 4th:
"HELP AT LAST: After Five Days, Thousands of Anguished Storm Victims Finally Have a Reason for Hope"

Monday, Sep. 5th:
"7th DAY OF HELL: A Week of Horror Ends with More Evacuations and Uncertainty"

Tuesday, Sep. 6th:
"COMING HOME: Thousands Return to Jefferson; More Rescued in St. Bernard"

Wednesday, Sep. 7th:
"DISEASE, FIRE THREATEN CITY: Toxic Floodwaters Latest Danger; Remaining Residents Told to Leave"

Thursday, Sep. 8th:
"CLEAR OUT OR ELSE: Evacuations Mandatory in New Orleans"

Friday, Sep. 9th:
"After Hell, High Water Holdouts Pried Loose"

Saturday, Sep. 10th:

Sunday, Sep. 11th:
"Glimmers of Hope Emerge as Water Slowly Recedes"

Monday, Sep. 12th:
"Some return to Plaquemines; Death Toll in Louisiana at 197"

Tuesday, Sep. 13th:
""CITY NEEDS TO CONTROL RECOVERY", BUSH SAYS. President tours New Orleans with Governor, Mayor"

Wednesday, Sep. 14th:
"Some parts of Orleans could open on Monday"

Thursday, Sep. 15th:
"THE BILL COMES DUE: flood-damage insurance limits proving painful". On this day the print edition expanded to three sections; section "C", "Living", returned to the newspaper.

Friday, Sep. 16th:
p. A1: "FROM JACKSON SQUARE, BUSH FOCUSES ON REBUILDING: "There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans"". p. B1: "We’re going to have Mardi Gras: ... people involved with planning Mardi Gras ... believe there will be a Mardi Gras next year, though the exact state of the celebration remains a question."

Saturday, Sep. 17th:
"Devastation, Death, haunt the Lower 9th Ward: After the Water, Utter Emptiness"

Sunday, Sep. 18th:
"St. Bernard Residents Return Home: Empty Hands, Broken Hearts: St. Bernard dwellers return to collect belongings
and find there's little left"

PDF files; Adobe Reader required.

Digital editions only were published on Aug. 30th, 31st and Sep. 1st; on other dates both digital and paper editons were produced. Sep. 2 - 14: print edition produced in Houma, LA, on the presses of The Courier, part of the New York Times newspaper group. From Sep. 15: printed in Mobile, on the presses of The Mobile Register, which, like the Times-Picayune, is owned by Advance Publications.

Hurricane Katrina issues of the Times-Picayune have become collectibles and can be found on eBay:



The Advocate (Baton Rouge newspaper)

Baton Rouge newspaper: numerous valuable links, including:

After the Storm: a Guide to Post-Hurricane Assistance. The Advocate. 2005 Sep. 7. 12 p. .pdf file. http://www.2theadvocate.com/specialprojects/katrina/after0907final.pdf

How to help:

Red Cross Shelter Update:
Sep. 3rd: 2:30 p.m.: "All Baton Rouge Red Cross shelters are full. Most private shelters are full. The Baton Rouge Office of Emergency Preparation has this list available in the Baton Rouge area."

Hurricane Blog:

Hurricane Katrina Forums:

WBRZ/WGNO Live Video Stream
WGNO-TV (New Orleans) and WBRZ-TV (Baton Rouge) have joined forces to cover the disaster and recovery in Louisiana. Link to live stream from the opening page of 2theadvocate.com. Alternative live stream via WGNO / ABC26 site:

Click here for photographs from The Advocate


Sun Herald: South Mississippi's Home Page:
Newspaper from Biloxi and Gulfport, cities hit hard by the hurricane.

Hurricane Katrina coverage:

News photos and multimedia:

Readers' photos:




Federal Emergency Management Agency:

FEMA: Apply for Aid Online:
"In order to use this site, you must have JavaScript Enabled and Internet Explorer version 6".
Apply for Aid by telephone: "Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
The speech or hearing impaired may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585"

How to get help or help disaster victims:

President Declares Major Disaster For Louisiana:
Release Date: August 29, 2005

Louisiana map and information on federally declared disaster:

Keizer, Gregg. FEMA Aid Site Only Takes IE; Firefox, Mac Users Need Not Apply. TechWeb News. 2005 Sep. 07.
"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), already the subject of sharp criticism in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, may find itself chastised further for restricting access to its online assistance site to Windows and Microsoft Internet Explorer users. To file a claim online at FEMA's Individual Assistance Center, where citizens can apply for government help, the browser must be IE 6.0 or later with JavaScript enabled. That cuts out everyone running Linux or the Mac operating systems, as well as Windows users running alternate browsers such as Firefox or Opera."



The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Hurricane Katrina NOAA Images:

Satellite photographs of the Gulf coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Clouds may be present in the imagery. The date of the photography can be derived from the first 3 characters of the image name. Image names beginning with 243 were acquired Aug 30, 2005, those beginning with 244 were acquired Aug 31, and so on.

NOAA conducts aerial survey of regions ravaged by Hurricane Katrina: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2005/s2495.htm
Aug. 31, 2005 — NOAA today posted online more than 350 aerial images of the U.S. Gulf Coast areas that were decimated by Hurricane Katrina.


American Red Cross - Disaster Relief Fund:

Family Linking:
Katrina Family Linking database, formerly maintained by the International Committee of the Red Cross, was transferred to Katrina Safe, an American Red Cross / Microsoft site, on Sep. 19.

Volunteer at a Chapter:

Make an Online Donation:

American Red Cross - Louisiana Capital Area Chapter:
"The Red Cross need for more volunteers is enormous. Anyone wishing to volunteer is asked to go to the Walmart Super Center at the Mall at Cortana." -- The Advocate, Sep. 8.


United States Coast Guard:
"Submit missing / stranded person request"

FirstGov.gov: Hurricane Katrina Recovery: http://www.firstgov.gov/Citizen/Topics/PublicSafety/Hurricane_Katrina_Recovery.shtml
Includes: Finding Loved Ones; Help for Victims; How You Can Help; Health and Safety; Government Agencies and Recovery Response

Department of Homeland Security:
Hurricane Katrina: What Government Is Doing.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:
Hurricane Katrina Information.

The State Of Louisiana's official website for dissemination of information concerning hurricane Katrina.

Louisiana Department of Social Services:
Hurricane Katrina information. Hotline numbers: 1 (888) LAHELPU or 1 (888) 524-3578 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness:
Numerous local telehone numbers.

Louisiana Works: Department of Labor:
Hurricane Katrina Information: File for Unemployment Insurance (UI); Benefits Handbook.

Key Facts About Flood Recovery:
From the Center for Disease Control and Prevention; versions in Spanish, Vietnamese and French.



Louisiana State University Hurricane Recovery & Relief Information: http://www.lsu.edu/university_relations/mediacenter/nr/20050831_3p.htm
Numerous resources. Frequently updated. (Hurricane emergency information occupied most of the opening page of the LSU site ( http://www.lsu.edu/ ) from approximately Sep. 4 - 16)

Off-Campus Housing for Visiting Students:
"A significant number of visiting students from the New Orleans area who are enrolled in the University do not have housing. As a result, a centralized Hurricane Katrina Emergency Housing Accommodations on-line bulletin board has been created."

Information for hurricane-displaced students applying at LSU:

What is LSU doing to reach out to students displaced by Hurricane Katrina?:

Visiting Student Information Fair:
"The Office of the Dean of Students is sponsoring an "Information Fair" for all visiting students. The fair will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2005, from 3 - 6 p.m. in the LSU Union Royal Cotillion Ballroom. The goal is to provide visiting students with information on services provided by LSU departments and ways to get involved on campus and in the Baton Rouge community."

Information for LSU Students: http://appl003.lsu.edu/unv002.nsf/9faf000d8eb58d4986256abe00720a51/a8e46ca9a391917b862570740047c39c?OpenDocument

Welcome back to campus (for LSU students):

LSU is Site of Largest Acute-Care Field Hospital in U.S. History:
"According to medical director Chris Trevino, M.D., the 800-bed medical facility at LSU is the largest acute-care field hospital ever created in U.S. history and is currently the largest acute-care hospital in Louisiana. Approximately 6,000 patients affected by Hurricane Katrina have been cared for in LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC). There are 70 patients now being treated inside both the PMAC and the Maddox Fieldhouse. Approximately 5,700 patients have been discharged since the hospital began operations. Some 1,400 prescriptions have been filled for evacuees. More than 1,700 volunteer medical personnel have come from Louisiana; Washington, D.C.; Georgia; Arkansas; Mississippi; Florida; Texas; Utah; Arizona; Illinois; and Washington. More than 2,000 faculty, students and staff on the LSU campus have volunteered in assisting evacuees, by donating time and providing accommodations for evacuees and emergency workers. LSU Student Government is connecting volunteers to tasks."

LSU’s World-Renowned Hurricane Experts Available to Media:
"LSU is home to one of the largest groups of hurricane experts in the nation. These experts will be available to the media for expert comment or analysis throughout the potentially active 2005 season. LSU’s researchers are studying all aspects of hurricanes and tropical storms as part of a comprehensive research effort that will benefit the citizens of Louisiana and the entire Gulf Coast region. These experts are specialists in a variety of fields, and their areas of expertise include hurricane forecasting and tracking; evacuation and emergency preparation; waves, wind and storm surge; water and environmental issues, including coastal land loss; and the history and societal effects of hurricanes."

Louisiana State University Hurricane Center:
Addressing Hurricanes and other hazards and their impacts on the natural, built, and human environments.

Hurricane Katrina Emergency Contact Information:



Google News Search:
Retrieved: Sep. 3rd., 9:50 p.m.: 158,000 results.

Yahoo! News Search:
Retrieved: Sep. 3rd., 9:50 p.m.: 93,669 results.

MSN News Search:
Retrieved: Sep. 3rd., 9:50 p.m.: 98,570 results.

"Hot topic" feed from " the UK's leading online press monitoring company" ... "automatically searching 21106 news sources every 5 minutes"

Searches RSS feeds (blogs, news, listings) for Hurricane Katrina.
Retrieved: Sep. 3rd., 9:50 p.m.: 1,030,439 results from 68,696 pages.




Late on Sep. 3rd Google integrated satellite pictures of flooded New Orleans, taken on Aug. 31st at 10:00 a.m., into Google Maps:
Direct link:
Or from:
follow "New Orleans" link at top right.

The presentation is similar to the standard Google Maps view, with an additional "Katrina" button. The flood images were taken close to the peak of the flood; the Times-Picayune for that day had the headline "Under Water".

Sample images:

"Katrina" image of Superdome on Aug. 31st.


Standard satellite picture, taken before Katrina struck.


Standard map view


Standard hybrid view; combining map and pre-flood satellite images.

All images (c) Google.


Katrina Information Map
Flood damage information entered by concerned citizens on a Google map. Covers the entire area affected by Katrina.

Green marker: recently-added markers
Purple markers: updated information
Red markers: older items, not updated

Note that any person can enter information; most items added appear to be serious, but the website cannot guarantee accuracy.

Also offers satellite and hybrid map / satellite options; note that satellite photographs show landscape as it was before the flooding.

For relevant articles, see:

Singel, Ryan. A Disaster Map 'Wiki' Is Born. Wired News. 2005 Sep. 2.
"Of all of the websites tracking the Katrina disaster, surely one of the most remarkable is Scipionus.com. Visitors swoop down over a map of the Gulf Coast that's awash in hundreds of red teardrops, each denoting information about specific geographical points in the area. That's pretty amazing in itself, but there's more: All of the information on the map has been provided by ordinary citizens, most of whom presumably have come to the site in search of information on the flood themselves."

Net offers map help after the flood. BBC News Online. 2005 Sep. 2.
Bringing together satellite images and mapping data is one way the technology world can help the people of New Orleans.


New Orleans Flood Map:

"Click on the map above for water depth information. Use the controls in the upper left corner to zoom and pan the map. Water depths based on ground truthing on Tuesday September 6, 2005. Water depths reported are the average of a 100x100ft region around the point you click."

C & C Technologies Inc.:
"A privately-owned International Surveying and Mapping Company specializing in Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) survey services and Worldwide GPS Positioning.
" Headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana.


Greater New Orleans Community Data Center:
Detailed interactive maps.

Hurricane Katrina NOAA Images:
Satellite photographs of the Gulf coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Clouds may be present in the imagery. The date of the photography can be derived from the first 3 characters of the image name. Image names beginning with 243 were acquired Aug 30, 2005, those beginning with 244 were acquired Aug 31, and so on.

Hurricane Katrina - Before and After In New Orleans:
Aerial photographs

The Impact of Hurricane Katrina - New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/national/2005_HURRICANEKATRINA_GRAPHIC/index_02.html
Series of maps.

Water emptying after levee breaches:
Times-Picayune map, Sep.14.

Before and after satellite images of Hurrricane Katrina damage.


Satellite images.



Times-Picayune photographs:
Major New Orleans newspaper

Photographs from The Advocate (Baton Rouge newspaper):

Sun Herald: South Mississippi: Biloxi and Gulfport:

News photos and multimedia:
Readers' photos:

WWL-TV (New Orleans):
Photographs submitted by viewers.

Flickr (Photo sharing system):
View e.g. photos tagged with hurricane katrina, katrina, hurricanekatrina etc. (Tags are defined by the indivdual photographers). Flickr is part of Yahoo!; Yahoo!'s Hurricane Katrina page links to Flickr Photos: Editors Picks:



WWL-TV New Orleans:
Katrina blog; Searching for Someone? Forum; Are you OK? Post in our special forum? Watch WWL-TV Live News Broadcast. Submit your hurricane photos - See submitted photos.

WGNO-TV New Orleans:
Site still active. " WGNO and WBRZ (Baton Rouge) have joined forces to cover the disaster and recovery in Louisiana."

WBRZ-TV Baton Rouge: via:

WAFB Channel 9 Baton Rouge:

WLOX-TV Biloxi Gulfport Pascagoula:
"The news for South Mississippi". ABC TV.



Times-Picayune Weblogs:

Major New Orleans newspaper; website fully operational. Numerous stories were published in a variety of weblogs during the Hurricane and its aftermath.

Times-Picayune Breaking News Weblog:

Times-Picayune Orleans Parish Breaking News Weblog:

Note: very long file. This appears to be the "digital feed" of articles submitted by journalists to the Orleans Parish edition of the Times-Picayune.

Nola View Weblog:
Current weblog by Jon Donley.
Archive of this weblog for the month of August, including numerous Katrina-related posts: http://www.nola.com/weblogs/nola/index.ssf?/mtlogs/nola_nolaview/archives/2005_08.html#075190
September archives are available at:
Note: this is a very long file.

Bourbon Street Journal: Nola in Exile:
Also by Jon Donley.

Note also:





The Advocate Hurricane Blog:
Baton Rouge newspaper

Survival of New Orleans Blog:
Maintained throughout the emergency by an Internet hosting company located in the New Orleans Central Business District. With webcam.

For articles about this blog, see:

Johnson, Joel. Flood Waters Can't Sink Net Link. Wired News. 2005 Sep. 1.
" Despite the loss of most public utilities, at least one hosting company in hurricanebattered New Orleans is still online, fighting against time and the odds to keep part of the internet humming. With buildings reduced to soggy ruin just a few blocks away, Zipa's data center still operates, powered by a 750-kilowatt diesel generator and connected to the rest of the world by a fiber optic connection buried deep underneath New Orleans' flooded streets. That makes the employees of Zipa and sister company DirectNIC, which is just upstairs, some of the only flood victims in New Orleans with the ability to communicate with the outside world. It's an advantage they are quick to put to use. DirectNIC's "crisis manager," Michael "Interdictor" Barnett, updates his Live Journal continually with on-the-street reports. It may be the only blog currently both written and hosted inside New Orleans, and it's receiving nearly 3,000 visitors an hour."

Hellweg, Eric. Katrina: A Defining Moment for Blogs. TechnologyReview.com. 2005 Sep. 8.
"Michael Barnett didn't ask to be a front-line reporter for the biggest natural disaster ever to befall America. But when he opted to stay in the Crescent City to work for his employer, web hosting company DirectNIC, that's just what he became. Barnett's blog, The Interdictor <http://www.livejournal.com/~interdictor/>, had previously been a "private little journal," according to Barnett. But when he began chronicling Katrina's destruction and the terrible aftermath, it became a lot more. Currently, tens of thousands of readers a day visit it. "I get thousands of instant messages an hour, I can't keep up with them," he writes in the blog. Barnett's blog is just one of tens of thousands of blogs covering Katrina's aftermath. In the blog coverage, readers have heard first-person accounts such as Barnett's of surviving and surveying the damage, or have read of the maddening frustration that a small group of volunteers has experienced in trying to set up an FCC-sanctioned, low-power radio station inside Houston's Astrodome ... Blogs have jumped to the fore in shaping the mainstream media's coverage of the hurricane aftermath. Indeed, bloggers have served as a legion of fact checkers for political claims and spin efforts. As such, the Hurricane Katrina disaster is the defining moment for the blogosphere -- the first time it has truly become enmeshed in the media landscape, rather than relegated to curiosity status."

Gaither, Chris and Gold, Matea. Web Proves Its Capacity to Help in Time of Need. Los Angeles Times. 2005 Sep. 10.
Thirty years after the Internet was created as a communications system of last resort, the network fulfilled its mission during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina but in ways more sweeping than its founders could have imagined. It reunited families and connected them with shelter. It turned amateur photographers into chroniclers of history and ordinary people into pundits. It allowed television stations to keep broadcasting and newspapers to keep publishing. It relayed heartbreaking tales of loss and intimate moments of triumph. In the process, the Internet cemented itself further into the American mainstream, demonstrating the flexibility that its designers envisioned and a vibrancy they did not. "The Web has become the media of public service, of communication, of original content," said Jeffrey Cole, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication's Center for the Digital Future. "I think this will be viewed as the first event that demonstrates what the Web has become in terms of being transformational in people's lives."


Hurricane Katrina Information: Mid-City and New Orleans Blog:
This URL is currently hosting a fascinating blog by persons able to enter or evacuated from New Orleans.

Williams, Leslie. A week in the ruins of Mississippi:
Times-Picayune journalist, sent to Mississippi to cover the hurricane, was personally affected by the disaster.

BBC News: Inside the Hurricane Zone:
BBC News website reporter Richard Allen Greene is travelling through the hurricane-hit states of the Gulf coast. Here he shares his experience of the journey and the people he met along the way.

The Guardian (UK): Katrina's wrath:
Extracts from Katrina blogs.

WWL-TV: Updates as they come in on Katrina:
New Orleans TV station.

USAToday: Latest Hurricane Katrina developments:

Katrina Aftermath: A Gallery of Thoughts, Images and Sounds in response to Hurricane Katrina:
"An open blog and mobcast for people interested in following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: The blog is set up so that anyone can post a blog entry, podcast or photo to the site." Offers feed of "Missing Persons" from Craigslist

BlogSpot: Katrina Help:
Also links to:
Katrina Help Wiki:

Tech pros ask: how can we help with Katrina recovery?:

Currently tracking 16.6 million blogs:
Sep. 3rd, 10:30 p.m.: 42,489 posts

Sep. 3rd, 10:30 p.m.: 718,238 results from 47,883 pages.



Katrina Safe:
Recently established Red Cross, Microsoft site.

Yahoo! Katrina: People Finder:
Search via "PeopleFinder" box. Yahoo! suggests data should be entered via Katrina Safe:

CNN Hurricane Katrina Safe List:
"CNN.com has been posting the names of those who wish to let loved ones know they are alright after the storm. If you were in Katrina’s path and want to post your name here, please send an e-mail to the Hurricane Victims Desk <hurricanevictims@cnn.com>. For each person you are reporting for the list, include first and last name, age, hometown, state and a brief message. You may also include a phone number or e-mail address where those on the list may be reached. The list will be updated regularly."

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC):
"In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Department of Justice has asked the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to staff a hotline to take reports of missing children, missing adults, and found children." Described in:
Lost children database goes live. BBC News Online. 2005 Sep. 6.

Katrina Peoplefinder Project:
An open community effort to aggregate evacuee data from across the web.

Hurricane Katrina "I'm OK" Registry:
Based on telephone numbers: "By using the person's telephone number, you can find out immediately if there is information or not. This allows you to pinpoint a specific person or household. You don't have to comb a bunch of message boards or try different search criteria in a database."

Davis, Rhea. Web sites devoted to reuniting Katrina families. Houston Chronicle. 2005 Sep. 7.
"Thousands of people are desperately searching for missing loved ones displaced after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. There are numerous Web sites devoted to helping locate the lost, but the prospect of searching dozens of sites may seem daunting. Officials with The Federal Emergency Management Agency are encouraging Katrina survivors to check in with the International Committee of the Red Cross before searching any other Web sites for family members." With numerous links to relevant resources.

Duplication rife in online efforts to reunite evacuees: People-finding efforts have led to confusion, frustration. CNN.Com. 2005 Sep. 8.
Ritchie Priddy opted not to watch football last weekend, parking himself instead in front of his computer and entering data on Hurricane Katrina evacuees who wound up in his small town of St. Francisville, Louisiana. It took Priddy and three other volunteers from the First Baptist Church most of the weekend to post details online on about 500 evacuees. Each person's data had to be typed in five times to populate just five of as many as 50 online databases and message boards created to connect those displaced by the disaster with loved ones. "It's incredibly slow when you have to input each one," Priddy said. "What's aggravating is they are not in the same format so it's not like you can cut and paste." Although the Internet makes it simple for people around the world to help out with disaster relief, all the well-intentioned but largely duplicative people-finding efforts have led to confusion, frustration and wasted time.

Katrina Missing Persons Meta Search Tools from Lycos and Yahoo:

Resources for people in shelters to know about: looking for loved ones:
"A friend of mine is working to locate kids (180+ of them) from the innercity community organziation and school where she used to work in NOLA's 9th ward ... Because of "digital divide" issues many of the kids are not listed on any of the "I'm ok" or "Missing" bulletin boards online -- including the Red Cross. For others, she is missing the full legal names and has their "streetnames" (e.g., nicknames). The ICRC Database does not allow for nicknames and often clusters Moms and kids" (Comment to post of Sep 8, 2005, 1:55 am).

Resource being disactivated:
Locate your relatives: Red Cross Family News Network:
"Warning ! On request of the American Red Cross, the ICRC will transfer to it all data related to evacuees (Self Registered persons), on 19.09.2005 at 12 gmt. Such data will be integrated in the www.katrinasafe.com website. The registered persons opposing to the transfer of their data must Contact the ICRC before that date, so that their data will not be transferred to the American Red Cross."



"Takes housing postings from major housing posting sites — including Hurricane Housing (of MoveOn.org), and KatrinaHousing.org — and puts them together for your easy access. You can search by geographic area, and find out which web services carry the most housing offers in an area." Launched by students and faculty members at the University of Michigan School of Information.

KatrinaHousing.net morphed into StormHousing.org in late September or early October,
adding the subtitle "Housing information gateway for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita". Internet users were automatically redirected from KatrinaHousing.net.



Helping Katrina Evacuees Find Open Homes.

Donate housing; find shelter. "A project of MoveOn.org Civic Action".

Housing opportunities for Katrina survivors.

Katrina Relocation Relief:
"RoommateClick.com has leveraged their roommate-matching technology to help in the relocation efforts"

Share your home with victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Operation Share Your Home:
or 888-827-2525. 12232 Industriplex Blvd. Suite 1, Baton Rouge , LA 70809.



Vibrio Vulnificus: Public Health Alert for Flood Victims:
Vibrio Vulnificus, a gram negative rod infection, has been diagnosed in Katrina flood water exposed patients. Diagnostic assistance for over 500 skin disorders and skin related infections can be found in VisualDx which is available to assist visual recognition and treatment.
ANY hospital, clinic or public health location receiving or treating Katrina patients can IMMEDIATELY receive a time limited VisualDx license without fee.

Du Boise, Kim R. Take steps to save your storm-damaged photographs. SunHerald.Com. 2005 Sep. 29.
Life after a disaster like Hurricane Katrina can be made more bearable if bits of "life before" can be salvaged. Photographs, slides and/or negatives of a loved one or of a happy time or place can go a long way toward easing the transition.

Cleaning Up after a Disaster: Household Items:

Cleaning Up After The Storm:

Your Home After the Hurricane: A guide to Property Mitigation:
Useful Times-Picayune overview.

Blue Roof Program:
"Provides assistance to storm victims in disaster areas through the installation of rolled plastic sheeting on damaged roofs, thereby helping to protect property and allowing residents to remain in their homes". Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. See:
Blue Roofs Going Up Across South Mississippi:



Rice, Anne. Do You Know What It Means to Lose New Orleans? New York Times. 2005 Sep. 4. (Registration required).
"I know that New Orleans will win its fight in the end. I was born in the city and lived there for many years. It shaped who and what I am. Never have I experienced a place where people knew more about love, about family, about loyalty and about getting along than the people of New Orleans. It is perhaps their very gentleness that gives them their endurance.

They will rebuild as they have after storms of the past; and they will stay in New Orleans because it is where they have always lived, where their mothers and their fathers lived, where their churches were built by their ancestors, where their family graves carry names that go back 200 years. They will stay in New Orleans where they can enjoy a sweetness of family life that other communities lost long ago.

But to my country I want to say this: During this crisis you failed us. You looked down on us; you dismissed our victims; you dismissed us. You want our Jazz Fest, you want our Mardi Gras, you want our cooking and our music. Then when you saw us in real trouble, when you saw a tiny minority preying on the weak among us, you called us "Sin City," and turned your backs.

Well, we are a lot more than all that. And though we may seem the most exotic, the most atmospheric and, at times, the most downtrodden part of this land, we are still part of it. We are Americans. We are you."


OUR OPINIONS: An open letter to the President: http://www.nola.com/newslogs/tporleans/index.ssf?/mtlogs/nola_tporleans/archives/2005_09_04.html#076771
"Dear Mr. President:

We heard you loud and clear Friday when you visited our devastated city and the Gulf Coast and said, "What is not working, we’re going to make it right." Please forgive us if we wait to see proof of your promise before believing you. But we have good reason for our skepticism ...

Despite the city’s multiple points of entry, our nation’s bureaucrats spent days after last week’s hurricane wringing their hands, lamenting the fact that they could neither rescue the city’s stranded victims nor bring them food, water and medical supplies. Meanwhile there were journalists, including some who work for The Times-Picayune, going in and out of the city via the Crescent City Connection. On Thursday morning, that crew saw a caravan of 13 Wal-Mart tractor trailers headed into town to bring food, water and supplies to a dying city. Television reporters were doing live reports from downtown New Orleans streets. Harry Connick Jr. brought in some aid Thursday, and his efforts were the focus of a "Today" show story Friday morning.

Yet, the people trained to protect our nation, the people whose job it is to quickly bring in aid were absent. Those who should have been deploying troops were singing a sad song about how our city was impossible to reach. We’re angry, Mr. President, and we’ll be angry long after our beloved city and surrounding parishes have been pumped dry. Our people deserved rescuing. Many who could have been were not. That’s to the government’s shame."

(Sunday, Sep. 4. Linked from the front page of the Times-Picayune).


Rose, Chris. Louisiana ambassadors say hello. Nola.com. 2005 Sep. 7. http://www.nola.com/newslogs/tporleans/index.ssf?/mtlogs/nola_tporleans/archives/2005_09.html#077197
"Dear America, I suppose we should introduce ourselves: We're South Louisiana. We have arrived on your doorstep on short notice and we apologize for that, but we never were much for waiting around for invitations ...

We thank you. For your money, your water, your food, your prayers, your boats and buses and the men and women of your National Guards, fire departments, hospitals and everyone else who has come to our rescue. We're a fiercely proud and independent people, and we don't cotton much to outside interference, but we're not ashamed to accept help when we need it ....

You probably already know that we talk funny and listen to strange music and eat things you'd probably hire an exterminator to get out of your yard. We dance even if there's no radio. We drink at funerals. We talk too much and laugh too loud and live too large and, frankly, we're suspicious of others who don't ...

We love South Louisiana with a ferocity that borders on the pathological. Sometimes we bury our dead in LSU sweatshirts ... You've probably heard that many of us stayed behind. As bad as it is, many of us cannot fathom a life outside of our border, out in that place we call Elsewhere. The only way you could understand that is if you have been there, and so many of you have ...

And one more thing: In our part of the country, we're used to having visitors. It's our way of life. So when all this is over and we move back home, we will repay to you the hospitality and generosity of spirit you offer to us in this season of our despair. That is our promise. That is our faith."

Moses, Jennifer. Doubling Up in Baton Rouge. Washington Post. 2005 Sep. 4; B07.
Baton Rouge, a city of some 350,000, is now accommodating another 350,000 or so, mainly in arenas that have been converted into shelters.



Life Documents File: Essential Legal Documents:
Scroll down to: Part II. Guide for replacing lost or destroyed legal documents

"BEAVERTON, Ore. – September 20, 2005 – Document Command Inc. today announced that it will be launching the Remote Control Mail service on an emergency rush deployment in order to help hurricane evacuees and relief workers gain reliable access to their postal mail, even though they may lack a permanent mailing address for an extended period of time or may be relocating multiple times in the months ahead. The company also announced that for those affected by Katrina it will be waiving monthly fees and providing monetary assistance towards the cost of forwarding critically important postal mail. Initially they are extending this aid to 1000 families who resided in Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama at the time Katrina hit. As residential and business accounts from areas unaffected by Katrina are added Document Command will increase this number ... To take advantage of the service people can simply have their mail forwarded to Remote Control Mail (“RCM”) addresses around the country, where images of their envelopes are scanned before their mail is placed in a secure storage vault. To see what postal mail they've received users will log onto the www.remotecontrolmail.com website to view the pieces and decide which ones they'd like to have forwarded to their current location, shredded, or opened and scanned. All document scanning is performed at the company's ultra high-security, automated processing center in Beaverton, OR, and then emailed or presented to users online."

TUconnect: Connecting Contractors and Clients: Katrina / Rita work locator:
We are dedicated to help locate temporary and permanent work for those individuals impacted by Hurricane Katrina. An absolutely free service for folks impacted by Katrina and employers/agents who help to place them.

Katrina Tribute site:

Disaster Relief Ideas.org:
Bulletin-board style "forums for the discussion of ideas to aid disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I am not soliciting donations, only ideas. Experts in aspects of disaster relief (housing, healthcare, rebuilding, etc.) are also able to rate these ideas, giving us a means of identifying the most promising ones, which will be shared with disaster relief professionals and persons in authority."

The Disaster Center: Katrina Louisiana:
Much disaster-related information and numerous links.

All New Orleans Online: Post Hurricane Katrina Business Directory:
"Until further notice, The New Orleans Business and Shopping Directory will provide a free directory of updated contact information for businesses and professional service providers in New Orleans and the metropolitan New Orleans area."

Bruce's Bikers' Bulletin Board: Katrina messages:
"A service to all brothers and sisters in the wind. Please use this forum to share any information of interest or benefit to the American motorcycling community. This forum offers free, open and immediate postings to aid bikers and their families in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida."



In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, ProQuest Company (http://www.proquest.com/), IBM and Argosy Gaming Company joined energies to develop a "shelter library" that would bring library services to displaced adults and children living in Baton Rouge. The library ’ s focus is on providing much-needed Internet access and homework help, along with such traditional library services as recreational reading.

Each company donated services and equipment to form the library. ProQuest, a publisher specializing in library resources, brought online references and databases for homework help, and its employees donated favorite books for children. IBM volunteered 11 PCs and 2 Young Explorer workstations to serve the needs of the youngest library users. Argosy Gaming Company stepped in to provide logistical support and location -- adjacent to evacuee housing and a FEMA office -- to host the IBM/ProQuest Internet & Homework Library.

Housed in a mobile unit, the library opened on Thursday, Sep. 29, within a month of the arrival of Katrina evacuees in Baton Rouge. While commercial organizations have created the physical space, expertise and internet search assistance is provided by local librarians and students from the School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University (http://slis.lsu.edu/). The Cajun Clickers Computer Club of Baton Rouge (http://www.clickers.org/) have volunteered as the technical support for the Library, as well as supplying volunteers to keep the center open. All of the volunteers are Internet savy and eager to work with the displaced evaucuees.

Media contact: Beth Dempsey, for ProQuest; 248.349.7810 or beth[at]bethdempsey[dot]com

The Shelter Library is on Government Street, between the River Center and the Sheraton / Argosy Casino.

Note: Shelter photographs taken on Prof. McCarthy's Sidekick (http://www.danger.com/).

Updated information

The Shelter Library was moved to Renaissance Village, a FEMA trailer park, in Baker, LA, on Dec. 1st, 2005.

It was then moved to New Orleans at the beginning of June, 2006.


ProQuest Company Providing Over $1 Million in Assistance to Those Displaced by Hurricane Katrina: http://www.proquestcompany.com/investor2/pdf/PQEKatrinaResponse.pdf



Geaux Library Project:
"The Geaux Library Project will attempt to meet the information needs at hurricane evacuee shelters around Louisiana and beyond. Using computers and networking equipment donated to the Red Cross and others by large commercial and local IT companies, we will be setting up small computer labs at Red Cross shelters and staffing them with librarians and other trained volunteers. Our pilot locations in Louisiana will include the Gonzales, Baton Rouge, and Acadiana (Lafayette) areas. We need your help! Specifically, we have openings for several volunteer positions: Coordinators, Librarians, Techs, Couriers, Searchers, Writers and a Webmaster. Fill out the volunteer signup form to become part of this much needed project." (Becky Hebert and Addie Fletcher via the SLIS-L list and LISNews, Sep. 12).

geauxlibrary: Geaux Library Recovery (Yahoo! Groups):
"This is the sister-group for the LSU School of Library and Information Science Yahoo! alumni group SuperSLISter. I'm creating this list as a means to solicit and recruit a means for information professionals from around the country to network and volunteer to help with library and archive recovery and clean-up and to help information professionals and their families recover. This is a moderated list and open to only those professionals interested in helping with recovery efforts after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina."

Geaux Library Recovery blog:
"Dedicated to bringing Information Professionals from around the country together to offer volunteer help to our Gulf Coast colleagues and friends impacted personally and professionally by Hurricane Katrina."

(Note: readers outside Louisiana may not immediately understand the significance of the word "Geaux". The Louisiana State University football team is known as the Tigers. Due to the strong French influence in Louisiana it is traditional to cheer the team on with the slogan "Geaux Tigers!". The spelling can also be found in other contexts, such as "Cajun Food to Geaux")

Louisiana Library Association: Disaster Relief Fund:
"The LLA Disaster Relief Fund is now accepting monetary donations to assist school, public, and academic library restoration efforts in southeastern Louisiana. Please make checks payable to:
LLA-Disaster Relief

and mail to:
421 South 4th St
Eunice, LA 70535"


National Library of Medicine: Hurricane Katrina:
Covers toxic chemical and environmental health information resources for health workers and the interested public. Links are provided to information on chemicals that may be released as a result of the Katrina disaster and on environmental health concerns following the wind and flood damage. The page includes a link to WISER, the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders. First responders may download the WISER set of information on 400 toxic chemicals and hazardous materials to a Palm, Pocket PC, or laptop/desktop computer that uses Microsoft Windows. WISER is designed to help identify unknown substances and gives ready access to basic emergency haz-mat information. Links to TOXMAP identify and map locations of facilities that use or transport significant levels of toxic chemicals, and lists the chemicals for each facility. Maps are included for the Katrina-affected states as well as for New Orleans, Biloxi, and Gulfport.


American Library Association:

American Libraries Online: Hurricane Katrina News:
Major resource, constantly updated.

Libraries and Hurricane Katrina:
Links to numerous relevant resources.

ALA Creates 'Adopt a Library' Program to assist Gulf region libraries recover and rebuild:

ALA 2006 Conference, scheduled in New Orleans:
ALA President Michael Gorman writes: “While our efforts have focused on helping those libraries and library workers affected by the disaster, we have also received enquiries regarding the impact of the disaster on ALA’s 2006 Annual Conference scheduled in New Orleans. The single most important thing that ALA can do for New Orleans is to hold our conference there if we can. “It is too early to know whether we will be able to hold the conference in New Orleans, but I want to assure all members that ALA will be holding an Annual Conference next year. Holding the conference in New Orleans will send a strong positive message to the city and nation, and the conference will provide tens of millions of dollars in benefits to local residents when they need it most. If we cannot hold the conference in New Orleans—and we should know this within the next two months—we are considering other locations and will make a decision in good time.” Source: American Libraries Online: Hurricane Katrina News:
Scroll down to Sepember 12.

Statement from ALA President Michael Gorman on impact of Hurricane Katrina: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=News&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=103136
September 1, 2005.



Top question, Sep. 3rd.: "Has ALA any information on helping those affected by Hurricane Katrina? What are the proper steps to take in cleaning up a library after a disaster?"

"American Libraries" seeks photos of Katrina's impact on libraries:
"For our upcoming October issue, American Libraries asks for your help in providing photographs that illustrate how libraries and librarians have fared in the wake of Hurricane Katrina . We are not only interested in images of library damage and destruction, although these are important in order to record the extent of the losses. We would also like to see photos of how libraries have expanded their services to evacuees and other displaced people. Send digital images, with identification of the location and people shown, to <AmericanLibrariesProduction[at]ala[dot]org>. Our deadline for the October issue is Wednesday, September 14. We probably will also have room for additional photos in the November issue. George Eberhart, Senior Editor, American Libraries, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. (800) 545-2433, ext.4212. <geberhart[at]ala[dot]org>" (SLIS-L list, Sep. 8)


NEH emergency grants to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina:
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will make available at least $1 million for emergency grants to libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural and historical institutions in Gulf Coast areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. To apply, the director of the organization should write a letter to NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. The letter should: describe the mission of your institution; summarize its humanities programs, activities, and collections; define the nature and extent of the emergency brought on by the hurricane; outline your plan of action to address your institution's immediate recovery needs; and provide a budget summarizing the funds you are requesting (up to $30,000) to cover costs you expect to incur in your recovery effort.

Please send the letter to: Bruce Cole, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities, Room 501, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506. NEH recommends using a commercial delivery service. We are still experiencing lengthy delays in the delivery of mail by the U.S. Postal Service.


Institute of Museum and Library Services: Hurricane Katrina: Information for Museums and Libraries:
Message from IMLS Acting Director Mary Chute. Useful links. Also:
IMLS Conservation Project Support Program Deadline Extended for Museums in Declared Disaster Areas:


Campbell, Cynthia V. Plan would restore state with culture, verve, helping hand. The Advocate. 2005 Sep. 25.
"Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu and Angèle Davis, secretary of Louisiana's Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, announced a major plan last week to rebuild the state's tourism and cultural industries in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Named "Louisiana Rebirth: Restoring the Soul of America," the plan was developed in a remarkably short time. It's comprehensive. It focuses not on New Orleans alone, but all areas of the state. It involves people in multiple aspects of Louisiana's culture ... To help accomplish these goals, Landrieu and Davis designated the State Library to serve as a clearing house, offering people a gateway to information that will put them in contact with resources available to rebuild their lives; planning to receive and distribute relief funds through the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation and to double AmeriCorps membership from 75,000 to 150,000 with at least half of these having full stipends and serving full time." Announcement on the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism's site:

SOLINET: Katrina Disaster Response Site:
From the Southeastern Library Network

Regional Alliance for Preservation (RAP):
Preservations hints; numerous relevant links

Heritage Preservation:
Hurricane Resource Page from the Heritage Emergency National Task Force

Northeast Document Conservation Center:
Advice and emergency program for library, archive and museum collections.

American Association of Museums:
Hurricane Recovery Information.

SSA Cares:
"The Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) has established this web site to capture and share information about our colleagues and friends from Louisiana and Mississippi who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina."

Internet Archive:
The Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library, needs help in finding URL's of sites and blogs that contain documents of this major disaster. Please email links to sites and pages that should be saved for future research to <katrina[at]archive[dot]org>. Message from: Brewster Kahle:
The Internet Archive:
See also: Preserving Katrina memories: Internet Archive seeks help; posted Sep. 4th, 7:30 a.m.:

State Library of Louisiana:
Hurricane Katrina Assistance Links

Special Libraries Association: Disaster Blog:
The Special Libraries Association is reaching out to information professionals and their families who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.  SLA has received offers from members who are willing to provide transportation out of the affected region.  There are also offers to provide food, lodging, and other assistance. Original posts must be sent to ipanda[at]sla[dot]org, but you can add to existing posts very easily by clicking on the “Comment” link at the end of each post.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine: Blogs:
Links to two highly relevant blogs:
Hurricane Katrina Updates:
"Information about yourself, other staff or your library so that everyone in the South Central Region (LA, AK, TX, OK, NM) can keep up-to-date on our colleagues in Louisiana." Created Aug. 31; 57 comments by Sep. 8. To view posts, click on the "Comments" link at lower right.
Hurricane Katrina Updates Alabama, Mississippi, Florida:
Created Sep. 1; 10 comments by Sep. 8. To view posts, click on the "Comments" link at lower right.

American Association of Law Libraries: AALL LawLibAssist Katrina Blog:
Numerous valuable posts.

Special Coverage - Hurricane Katrina (free access):
LexisNexis--updated assistance information:
"LexisNexis has taken the following initiatives targeted at Hurricane-affected legal practitioners and their firms, and at getting these firms back into operation: Thirty-day IDs for complimentary access to the lexis.com service will be available. Go to http://www.lexisnexis.com/katrinarelief/ for more information ..."

Katrina's impact on libraries:
Collection of press clippings, etc., posted Aug. 31st., 3:32 p.m.

Compiled by Gary Price, MLIS:
Hurricane Katrina--Disaster Relief:
Sunday, September 4th.
Floods--New Orleans; Hurricane Katrina--Web Resources:
Saturday, September 3rd.
Hurricane Katrina--Aftermath--Energy:
Friday, September 2nd. Hurricane Katrina's Impact on the U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Markets, etc.
New Orleans--Maps; Hurricane Katrina--Imagery: http://www.resourceshelf.com/2005/09/mapscensus-data-of-new-orleans.html
Thursday, September 1st, with later updating.
Three sources for Hurricane Katrina imagery (FEMA, NASA, NOAA):
Wednesday, August 31st.
Web Resources for Hurricane Katrina:

Sunday, August 28th. Includes comprehensive overview of audio and video resources, numerous general hurricane links.

Rochelle's LibraryLand blog postings:
Much on the emergency; specifically:
Library Community Relief Links:
Beyond CNN and New Orleans:

How to help, sources of information, etc.

Yahoo! Buzz Index: Search Terms related to Katrina:
Prominent People in Katrina's Wake:

Thursday September 08, 2005 3:00AM PT

More Katrina Search Patterns
Thursday September 01, 2005 11:00AM PT
Katrina's Fury:
Monday August 29, 2005 5:00PM PT

Hurricane Katrina Public Library Status Report For Effected Areas:
Continually updated accounts of library damage reports for Louisiana.

Evacuees & Libraries:
E-mail from Beverly E. Laughlin, Executive Director Louisiana Library Association, via the "LLA list": Aug. 31st., 3:49 p.m.:
"Reports continue to come in, including now comments on how the libraries are working to help the evacuees:
Linda Fox reports: West Feliciana library is A-OK and welcoming lots and lots of folks who have lost EVERYTHING in the NO area. We are giving away books, temp-loaning children's books, printing out FEMA and LA Works packets, offering crayons and coloring books,and running a quiet children's video for the little guys whose parents are on the Internet. We've set up one Library card to check out some materials temporarily...to lose a few books won't be much of a loss after what we've heard. We just try to keep thinking of things to do to help.
Loretta Gharst reports: Here in Calcasieu Parish we have had many hurricane evacuees coming to our libraries throughout the parish to use our internet computers. Yesterday we collected and dropped off donated books and magazines at the civic center Red Cross shelter and opened up a computer lab in our downtown meeting room for the exclusive use of evacuees (it is within walking distance of the civic center). Every branch is reporting waiting lines for using the public computers. Staff have created a webpage with links for the evacuees and are constantly updating it http://www.calcasieu.lib.la.us/Hurricane.htm Reference staff at the various libraries are gathering and distributing information to evacuees in their communities. Children's Librarians are setting up story programs with the Red Cross.
Beth Vandersteen reports: Central Louisiana is bursting with evacuees in every possible location with more streaming in even as I type. People are pouring into the libraries to use the computers; we've waived print fees for FEMA forms, etc, and stretched the time limits whenever possible. We contacted the Red Cross about doing storytimes in the shelters on Monday, but they've not responded as yet - I'm sure that's not first on their lists! Rapides Parish Library began delivering reading material to shelters yesterday, along with coloring sheets, crayons, library information flyers, etc. We've put out library information on flyers as well as through the local media, set up collection boxes for toiletries and items needed in the shelters, broadcast news and movies on our TVs, and issued temporary library cards for those who want to check out materials. The Coast Guard and other entities involved in the rescue efforts have set up coordination centers in this area. ABC News was in our Main Library this morning needing some of our resources, and we were pleased that we met their needs. All of us are doing what we can to provide information services, a book or two to help pass the time until things get better, and a bit of compassion - as are all of you! Many of our staff are hosting displaced families in their homes. Times like these make me proud to be in this profession!"
-- Beverly E. Laughlin, Executive Director, Louisiana Library Association, 421 South 4th St Eunice, LA 70535 337-550-7890 (phone) 337-550-7846 (fax). e-mail <office[at]llaonline[dot]org>

Thomas, Greg. City's historical documents in peril: Salvage specialists were turned away. NOLA.Com. 2005 Sep. 7.
http://www.nola.com/newslogs/tporleans/index.ssf?/mtlogs/nola_tporleans/archives/2005_09_06.html#077182 "Specialists working for the New Orleans Notorial Archives have been stymied in trying to enter the city and rescue some of the most historic documents in the city's history, from original land grants to slave sale records and title records. Federal troops have refused to let them through checkpoints into the city. The Notorial Archives hired Munters Corp., a Swedish document-salvage firm that freezes and then freeze-dries records to slowly remove moisture from them. But Munters' refrigerated trucks were turned away by uniformed troops as they tried to enter the city, said Stephen Bruno, custodian of the archives ... Eddy Pokluda, head of national sales for Munters in Dallas, said the company tried to get one person in to make an assessment of the damage but was turned away, even though days earlier they had arranged with New Orleans Police Department to have an escort into the city".


Traister, Rebecca. History is being flooded, too: Slave records, jazz archives, Jefferson Davis' mansion: Hurricane Katrina has put them all in peril. Salon.Com. 2005 Sep. 10.
Last weekend, archivists attempted to get back into the Notarial Archives, a one-of-a-kind collection of over 40 million pages of signed acts compiled by New Orleans notaries dating back to 1699. Some of the archives were in the old Amoco building in the French Quarter, while others were in the basement of the civil courts building. The archivists were blocked by Federal Troops. The story was reported by the Times-Picayune, perhaps spurring guards to finally allow the curators into the archives on Tuesday June 6, along with representatives from Munters, a Swedish disaster recovery firm.

Reports from Notarial Archives were encouraging. Curator Ann Wakefield posted to the SSA message board that the archive's research center, on the third floor of the Amoco building, had sustained minimal damage, though the civil courts building had taken in some water. On Sept. 8, Wakefield reported that Munters had pumped out the Civil District Courthouse office, and that "The plans are to remove all records from the courthouse location tomorrow." As for the Amoco building, Wakefield wrote, "The most cost-effective thing we can do to stabilize the research center is to block up the broken windows and pump air conditioning in. It is still uncertain whether this can be accomplished."

Other archivists were feeling relatively lucky as well, though anxious about gaining access. Brenda Square heads the Amistad Research Center, which houses the records of the American Missionary Association, the first abolitionist missionary society in the United States, and contains art, photographs, and over 15 million documents charting African American history. Reached by phone, Square said, "Fortunately, the news has been good. We have yet to get in to evaluate our collection. But our building, which is on the Tulane campus, did not get any water." Square noted that she had been as prepared as possible, and had spent recent years "monitoring information which indicated the high probabilities of high water levels [in the case of flooding]. So over the last five years we've moved valuable things up to higher levels." ...

It's also not lost on those who pay attention to preservation that they are living through world-changing history right now. Brent Hightower*, the only archivist at the Times-Picayune after the hurricane, posted a notice on message boards looking for preservation materials. "The first priority," said Hightower by phone, "is my friends and coworkers who are taking pictures and writing stories, making sure their stuff is backed up and not lost." Hightower said he is making every effort to "preserve a historical record" of the current events, as well as preserving paper copies of current newspapers. He said he's also trying to keep contiguous microfilm records and hard copy records. "I've looked at those records from Betsy in 1965 so many times," said Hightower. "It would destroy me if I couldn't figure out a way to provide that for future generations.".
* Brent Hightower is a SLIS/LSU graduate.


Williams, Florence. In Mississippi, History Is Now a Salvage Job. New York Times. 2005 Sep. 8.
Biloxi, Miss. - The barrel of the Confederate 12-pounder howitzer was missing, and so was the saddle on which Jefferson Davis rode into the Mexican War. Four days after Katrina, Patrick Hotard's face was shadowed with exhaustion and dismay as he surveyed what was left of Beauvoir, the beachside Jefferson Davis home and presidential library, where he is the director. He had just arrived from his refuge in Louisiana, and many of his worst fears were being confirmed as he picked through the bricks, giant wafers of plaster and nylon Confederate flag replicas ... Some $220,000 had just been spent renovating the graceful gallery porches and the entrance doors, each with its nine oval panes, of the 1852 Greek Revival house where Davis, the Confederate president, spent his last 12 years. Those features are now either gone or in ruins, along with two original porch-wrapped cottages, a replica of a Civil War barracks and the entire first floor of the presidential library.

Ferstel, Vicki. Katrina leaves torahs untouched; rescuers take Jewish texts to safety. The Advocate. 2005 Sep. 11.
The sacred word of God -- lovingly handinscribed in classical Hebrew on scrolls of parchment -- was rescued Saturday from Jewish synagogues in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. Some of the 25 tempest-tossed torahs and other ritual objects made their way to Baton Rouge's Beth Shalom Synagogue on Jefferson Highway just as lay-led morning prayers had ended on the Jewish day of rest. Rabbi Martha Bergadine, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, her husband, Rabbi Stan Zamek of Beth Shalom Synagogue, and a group of about 13 other volunteers from both Baton Rouge synagogues and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans traveled in a six-car caravan for the recovery effort. The rescue, organized by Richard Lipsey of B'nai Israel and leaders of the Jewish federations of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, was attempted only after they were assured of the safety of storm victims in the area, Bergadine said. ... The small Jewish community in Baton Rouge -- roughly 1,200 people -- has grown in size along with the rest of Baton Rouge. Bergadine said she has no firm numbers yet, but estimated that perhaps as many as 1,000 Jews from New Orleans and Jefferson Parish may be living now in Baton Rouge.

Society of American Archivists: Responding to Hurricane Katrina: Report from Mississippi:
Prepared by SAA President Richard Pearce-Moses, September 21, 2005: "Three weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, a small team was able to visit some of the archival repositories in the areas of Mississippi hit hardest by the storm. The team sought to show the profession’s support for archivists and to ask the people on the front lines how the profession can respond in ways that will truly help given the current situation ... The team observed that collections typically were either lost entirely or survived the storm but were damaged subsequently by high humidity and mold, with few collections in between. The Waveland City Hall and two buildings at Beauvoir (the Jefferson Davis home) were demolished, leaving only a slab or a pile of rubble; records left in the buildings were destroyed. At other sites, records in buildings without power were damp from the high humidity, often exacerbated by water damage to the building. Many records at the Biloxi Public Library were submerged and will need to be salvaged. Much of the damage to records came from a storm surge that swept through buildings, destroyed their contents, and then retreated. This suggests that conditions may be different in New Orleans, where the water resulted from a broken levy rather than a storm surge and where damage has probably resulted from standing water rather than surging water."

Applebome, Peter. Storms Stretch Safety Net for Black Colleges. New York Times. 2005 Sep. 25.
"After Hurricane Katrina hit, there was six feet of water in the library at Xavier University. There is a beached boat on a campus made that much soggier by the wind and rain from Hurricane Rita. There is a waterlogged chapel, floors as slimy and slippery as river moss, with chairs and Bibles and plants strewn willy-nilly and a statue of the Virgin Mary perched on a pedestal overlooking it all. Three miles away, there is a pile of rubble at Dillard University where three modular student dorms used to be before a post-hurricane fire burned them to the ground. There is a soggy morass of ruined books and backpacks and notebooks in the student bookstore, a ghostly vista of shrubs turned black by the polluted water that covered the campus for two weeks, and no students, just the chug, chug, chug of trucks pumping out water and drying out buildings. When most people think of higher education in New Orleans, they are more likely to think of Tulane or perhaps Loyola than Xavier and Dillard, two small historically black universities scrambling to get back on their feet. But in the parable of race and inequality left behind by the floodwaters, one chapter still to be written will be the fate of places like Dillard and Xavier, which suffered far worse damage than their wealthier counterparts on higher ground and have tiny endowments, limited resources and students who are almost all dependent on financial aid ... Xavier, the nation's only historically black Catholic university, is a remarkably successful generator of black doctors, pharmacists and scientists; it has produced a quarter of the black pharmacists in the country and produces more future black doctors than any other undergraduate institution. Dillard has a more traditional liberal arts focus."

Jackson, Robyn. Book storming. The Hattiesburg American. 2005 Sep. 25.

Books about hurricanes or that depict the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina are much sought after in the storm's aftermath. Diane Shepherd, owner of Main Street Books in downtown Hattiesburg, said she has already seen an interest in such books since she reopened her shop following the Aug. 29 hurricane. "I sold two copies of 'My South Coast Home' (a coffee table photo book about the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Bay St. Louis photographer Ken Murphy) and could have sold more if I'd had them. Another book that has been selling well is 'Hurricane Camille: Monster Storm of the Gulf Coast,' by Philip Hearn, which was published in 2004 by University Press of Mississippi to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the 1969 storm that Katrina has been compared to."

Gardner, Marilyn. Saving history from a hurricane: Teams of archivists are rushing to the Gulf Coast on an urgent mission: to recover priceless records damaged by Katrina. The Christian Science Monitor. 2005 Sep. 28.
Books, documents, and photographs in public and private collections remain an invisible part of rescue operations in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. From courthouses, libraries, and businesses to lawyers' offices and homes, the need is the same: to dry out papers and save as many documents as possible.

Eberhart, George. Katrina's terrible toll: Librarians Rally to Provide Information for a Devastated Gulf Coast Population. American Libraries. Oct. 2005; 36(9):14-25. Includes sidebars on "How to Help" and Public Library Damage Reports for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.


Because of the disruption in employment caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Southeastern Library Network
Job Bank is currently accepting offers of temporary as well as permanent employment -- wherever it is available. Any library or cultural institution within the US that has a position to offer may use this site.


New Orleans Public Library:
An emergency version of the NOPL website has now been posted, at the usual URL, but temporarily hosted by the State Library of Louisiana.

New Orleans Public Library employees: the mail server at NOPL is inoperative; e-mail to @gno.lib.la.us is not being delivered; alternate NOPL staff contact information is being posted to:

Message to all staff from New Orleans Public Library Director, Bill Johnson:
"We are going through some hard times-separations from family and friends, lives and plans disrupted, property loss, uncertain times, wondering where we are going to get the resources to put our lives back together. And even when we do, will New Orleans be able to put itself back together? But in the short time I have been in New Orleans I have noticed two things-New Orleans has probably never been an easy city to live in, and the people who do have a certain combination of toughness, persistence,and flexibility - and the ability to have a good time. The whole world thinks New Orleans is special. What they may not realize is that it is the people who have chosen to live in New Orleans who make it that way. New Orleans will come back - it will be helped by a ton of money coming from the federal govt. and around the world. We were in the  process of building a better library system. Katrina is just another problem. Wishing everyone well, Bill". (Sep. 4).

New Orleans Public Library Archives safe:
"NO Public's archives at the Main Library are NOT under water and ARE dry ... A company called Munter's has been hired by the library to remove them and get them out ... someone broke some windows and was living in the library but they did not hurt anything ... we are all relieved to know that so much of Louisiana's history has been spared. Rebecca L. Hamilton, State Librarian" (SLIS-L list, Sep. 8).


The College of Information at Florida State University has capacity for some additional students in our ALA-accredited MS/MA program: Although classes have already started here, we are willing to work on a case-by-case basis with students who may need access to either main campus or online LIS courses. Issues about tuition will be addressed at the institutional level. Although we realize communication is very difficult, and other concerns may be of much higher priority to those in affected areas, please help spread this information to those who may need it. You may contact me by directly for further information. Corinne Jörgensen, Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, Doctoral Program Coordinator, College of Information, Florida State University, Tallahassee FL 32306-2100. 850.644.8116; FAX 850.644.6253. <cjorgensen[at]ci[dot]fsu[dot]edu> http://www.ci.fsu.edu (Via SLIS-L list, Sep. 2).



SLIS and Hurricane Katrina:

SLIS students and alumni from New Orleans and the surrounding parishes: Please email Dean Paskoff at <BPaskoff[at]lsu[dot]edu> to let us know where you are and that you are OK. If you were taking a COMPRESSED VIDEO CLASS in New Orleans and are living some place else in Louisiana this fall, you may continue to take the same class at any of our other distance education sites, including Baton Rouge. Please let us know about your plans. If you have decided to DROP your classes for this semester, please contact LaToya at <lcjoseph[at]lsu[dot]edu> ...



Cavan McCarthy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
School of Library and Information Science
267 Coates Hall
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

E-mail to: mccarthy[at]lsu[dot]edu

(no attachments, please)

I thank all those who are submitting information, URLs etc. I am sure that you will understand that I am unable to reply individually to all messages.



On the night of Sunday, Aug. 28, before the hurricane came in, I saw information relating to Katrina on Gary Price's ResourceShelf:

I added a couple of search links and posted the information to the LSU School of Library and Information discussion list (SLIS-L). I also submitted the links to LISNews, where they were posted in the early morning of Monday, Aug. 29, as the Hurricane touched down:

On Monday we were very lucky, our apartment in Baton Rouge was without power for only 12 hours, and there was no damage. The university remained closed over Tuesday. I followed the evolution of the crisis via search engines, TV and radio. By Tuesday night it was clear that the situation to the South and South-East of Baton Rouge was very serious. I prepared an annotated list of thirty resources and posted it on Wednesday morning to the SLIS-L list. This goes out to over 500 library and information professionals, in Louisiana and elsewhere. Shortly afterwards a former student, now working in a public library in North Louisiana, e-mailed to say that they had many evacuees who were desperate for information in the library. She concluded: "I'm printing the list now and placing it by each computer in our public computer room".

I immediately converted the information to HTML and this Katrina.htm page was first posted to the SLIS / LSU server on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 12:00 p.m., as a 23 Kb file with about 40 annotated links in seven categories. The university remained closed for the whole of the week. By the night of Sunday, Sep. 4, the page had been updated 15 times and was a 79 Kb file with about 150 annotated links.

Google searches for:
hurricane katrina information
were retrieving this page in fourth place on Sep. 3rd, after FEMA, The National Hurricane Center and Weather.com. This despite the fact that I had had no time to submit the link to search engines, nor send out any publicity, apart from a few posts to the SLIS-L list and a single message to LISNews, posted Aug. 31:

The university re-opened on Tuesday, Sep. 6, after the Labor Day holiday, with more than 3,000 additional students as a result of Katrina.

Demand on this Katrina page was putting heavy pressure on the SLIS server, especially after classes were resumed; it was therefore moved to the main LSU server at 5:30 p.m., Sep. 8. The file was updated until Oct. 11, 2005, when it has reached a size of 158KB, or approximately 49 pages. It would be normal to subdivide a file of this length into subordinate pages; there was simply no time to divide the contents under the very difficult working conditions at that time.

*Updated information

This page provides a record of how people and institutions in Louisiana and beyond reacted to the information needs of the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It has therefore not been systematically updated beyond the immediate crisis period.

Many URLs are no longer valid, but they have been left in the page as a record of what did exist at the time. URLs have only been updated when the information remains available at a new location, but the information provider has failed to provide a redirect.

Any other updates since October 11th, 2005 have been placed within a blue box marked "Updated information"

** Cavan McCarthy retired from LSU in 2008.

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