David J. Bertuca cypher Hurricane Katrina Disaster
August 2005 and Beyond...

A Select Guide to Information

New Orleans

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"KATRINA WILL LIKELY BE RECORDED AS THE WORST NATURAL DISASTER IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES...PRODUCING CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE AND UNTOLD CASUALTIES IN THE NEW ORLEANS AREA AND ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST... AND ADDITIONAL CASUALTIES IN SOUTH FLORIDA. THE EXTENT OF THE PHYSICAL AND HUMAN DEVASTATION FROM THIS HURRICANE CANNOT YET BE ESTIMATED..." National Hurricane Center - Tropical Weather Summary.

Below are links to the event, the aftermath, news and relief activities, science pages on hurricanes and storms, and other resources. This page can be used to study the entire series of events, as well as current updates. Also see: Latest Reports for more current news and information on the region, relief efforts, more. See: Recovery efforts mapped (2006). RITA Hurricane Data.

One Year Later, and Beyond (also see links with 2006 link). This section, and others below describe post-hurricane recovery and studies. Some include resources for beyond 1-year data.

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bulletEvents & History (also News, Latest info)
bulletSpecial News Coverage pages
bulletImages, Maps, and Video
bulletRelief Efforts & Contacts

bulletHurricane Science
bulletHurricane Awareness & Preparedness
bulletFor Kids
bulletWhat Caused These Disasters?

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New Orleans before hurricane
New Orleans August 31, 2005
Satellite photographs of New Orleans, before and after the hurricane.
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Events & History

Best General Resources & Latest Reports

Hurricane Recovery

Impact Studies

Local News

These are not special pages, but links to existing news companies in the region.

Special Pages by News Services (with links to good resources)

News Services (for Updates)

World

New York Times BBC Reuters CNN

Images, Maps, GIS (Check all sites for images and maps)

Images

Maps

  • Hurricane Katrina Mapping Responseimage (LSU World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Remote Sensing and GIS for Public Health). Louisiana State University is close to the situation and has been compiling images, GIS, and links to maps and imagery of all types.
  • GISc Resources for Hurricane Katrina (University Consortium for Geographic Information Science  (UCGIS)). GIS data and map links.
  • Google Earth Katrina page. Expanding collection of images. Requires software to view (available from Google).
  • Hurricane Maps and Help (ESRI). Good site with GIS data and maps. Offers assistance to planners and those working on emergency or rehabilitation projects, and also to anyone looking for maps and images of the disaster.
  • Topographic Maps of the New Orleans/La. Area. Index to all quad maps for the region.
  • Hurricane Visualizations - Compiled by Jen Millner at Montana State University and John McDaris at Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
  • Katrina gallery (DigitalGlobe). Before and after satellite images of New Orleans, Biloxi, and other locations, with analysis of images (you must search for images).
  • Radar Loop of the hurricane as it hits Louisiana (Slidell, LA radar station).
  • Katrina Satellite and Radar photos (Goddard Space Flight Center). Shows before and after comparison images, radar and map images of the storm, and an animation showing the levels of the water in New Orleans during the storm surge.
  • Other News & Photo Sources

Relief Efforts and Contacts

See also: Special Ways to Help truck delivering supplies

Services Affected

How to Contact States for Help, Information, Assistance Finding Relations

Official State Contacts

One Year Later & Beyond... 2006 link

Though most of the sites on this page include current relief efforts and restoration data, here are samples of some of the damaged cities and towns and how they are coping, a year or more after the storms.

Hurricane Science

Damaged Bridge Spans, Biloxi, MSDamage Reports and Data

Hurricane Awareness & Preparedness

Severe Weather Warning Centers

Disaster Preparation

For Kids

Additional Sources for References

  • U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection. This has many documents pertaining to previous New Orleans hurricane disasters, some of which include maps. Available online to some institutions, but also the print editions can be located in most U.S. Government Depository libraries. A sample of some relevant map titles include:
    • Improvement of Mississippi River levee in front of New Orleans (1882).
    • Atchafalaya, Lafourche & Pontchartrain Levee Districts (1895).
    • Sketch map of New Orleans Land Company tract, New Orleans, La.,
      showing arrangement of ditches and levees
      (1910).
    • Report on interim hurricane survey of Mississippi River Delta at and below New Orleans, La. (1962).
    • Report on interim hurricane survey of Lake Pontchartrain and
      vicinity, La.
      (1965).

boats at intersectionCauses and Perceptions of Katrina, Rita

Natural or man-made disasters create a variety of responses from people as to "why did this happen?" Below are a few sample articles (ranging from scholarly to spiritually) on the wide range of "reasons" for the hurricanes. These are provided simply for discussion and do not reflect views of the page author.

Special Ways to Help

  • Hurricane Katrina - First Reports. (American Association of Museums (AAM)). Reports on how regional museums are faring.
  • Katrina Help Funds for Libraries (American Library Association). Katrina Disaster Relief Fund programs to assist libraries affected by the hurricane. Ways you can help include: Monetary donations, Donations of books, "Adopt a Library" programs, Corporate assistance programs, housing for library staff members from affected institutions, and more.
  • 'Adopt a Library' to Rebuild Gulf Coast Collections (NPR). Day to Day, September 28, 2005 · A new "adopt a library" program. aims to help re-stock Gulf Coast libraries flooded or destroyed by hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Jason DeRose reports on the initiative, sponsored by the American Library Association. [see ALA Announcement for details.]

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