What Was Hurricane Katrina?

Author: Robin Koontz,Who HQ

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698412400

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 6877

On August 25th, 2005, one of the deadliest and most destructive hurricanes in history hit the Gulf of Mexico. High winds and rain pummeled coastal communities, including the City of New Orleans, which was left under 15 feet of water in some areas after the levees burst. Track this powerful storm from start to finish, from rescue efforts large and small to storm survivors’ tales of triumph.

The Handy Weather Answer Book

Author: Kevin Hile

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 1578593328

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 3668

Fully updated with the latest advances in meteorology as well as an additional section on climate change, this comprehensive reference addresses all aspects of weather in an accessible questionandanswer format. All the basic elements of weather are discussed, as are all types of weather phenomena and the science of forecasting. In addition, the relationships between weather and oceanography, geology, and space science are expertly covered. Included are more than 1,000 questions and answers such as, Has a hurricane ever struck southern California? Could our oceans have originated in space? and What is bioclimatology? This resource is an ideal reference for students, teachers, and amateur meteorologists.

Sky Dog

Lessons from Katrina

Author: Jeremiah Hensley

Publisher: Parallel View Publishing

ISBN: 0977433617

Category: Nature

Page: 172

View: 2709

A resident of New Orleans who experienced the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina presents the real picture of what was going on on the ground. (Natural Disasters)

Memoirs of a Soldier's Wife

Author: Wendy D. Peterson

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1449024785

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

View: 526

Memoirs of a Soldiers Wife Everyone has a different story; everyone has a different issue in their life that makes him or her stronger. Across America, many women share the experience and circumstances of being a "soldier's wife.." They share the experience of being lonely, frustrated upset and depressed. What is the general perception of a "soldiers wife"? Overall the depth and understanding of what it takes to fulfill the role of a soldier's wife or military spouse is often discredited or overlooked. Society has made the assumption that military families are well supported and that their households are equally sustained. Many people may simply believe that being married to a US soldier is no different than being married to a US Citizen. If that is your belief, prepare to be enlightened.


Author: Dave Eggers

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462306693

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 7016

»›Zeitoun‹ gehört zum Interessan testen, Packendsten und Aufregendsten, das man gerade lesen kann.« FAZ Dave Eggers erzählt in seiner vielfach ausgezeichneten literarischen Reportage die Geschichte der amerikanisch-syrischen FamilieZeitoun, die nach dem Hurrikan Katrina unschuldig ins Visier der amerikanischen Terrorismusfahnder gerät. Nachdem Hurrikan Katrina im August 2005 New Orleans verwüstet hat, schickt der Familienvater Abdulrahman Zeitoun seine Frau und die vier Kinder nach Arizona und bleibt selbst in der Stadt. Mit seinem Kanu fährt er durch die überfluteten Straßen und hilft, wo er kann – bis er am 6. September ohne Angabe von Gründen verhaftet und unter unmenschlichen Bedingungen festgehalten wird. Erst nach langen Wochen erreicht die Familie ein Lebenszeichen, und sie beginnt, um Zeitouns Freilassung zu kämpfen.Drei Jahre hat Dave Eggers in enger Zusammenarbeit mit der Familie Zeitoun an diesem Buch gearbeitet und herausgekommen ist »ein grandioser Reportage-Roman« (SZ). »Dave Eggers hat den Job des Schriftstellers brillant gemacht, er hat ihn in gewisser Weise für unsere Zeit neu erfunden.« (Spiegel Online) »Eine überwältigende literarische Reportage« (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) »Ein großartiger Tatsachenroman, der ein unglaubliches Heldendrama aus dem überschwemmten New Orleans erzählt.« (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Hurricane Katrina: Social Consequences and Political Lessons

Author: World Socialist Web Site Staff

Publisher: Mehring Books

ISBN: 1893638006

Category: Disaster relief

Page: 55

View: 5475

This pamphlet brings together 20 articles and statements published by the World Socialist Web Site in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, presenting a preliminary assessment of the social significance and political implications of the disaster. The articles are presented chronologically, enabling the reader to follow the WSWS analysis and commentary as the events were unfolding.

Scientific Networking and the Global Health Network Supercourse

Author: R. LaPorte,F. Linkov

Publisher: IOS Press

ISBN: 1607501856

Category: Computers

Page: 224

View: 1445

Natural and man-made disasters, like floods and eruptions of volcanoes, have tormented mankind since antiquity. Despite all the warning signs, it is certain that when the eruption of Vesuvius started on the morning of 24 August, CE 79, it caught the local population of Pompeii utterly unprepared for the major disaster that ultimately ruined the entire city. What makes our world today different from the population of ancient Pompeii 2,000 years ago, is better abilities to share scientific data about the warning signs of disasters. Modern technologies are giving us an unprecedented opportunity to share disaster preparedness and mitigation information very rapidly and effectively. Technologies such as the Internet, telecommunications, etc., have a great potential to help us prepare for disasters, however, oftentimes scientists are not taking advantage of them. This publication focuses on the importance of the networking of scientists researching the area of natural and man-made disasters, to try to prepare the world better for them in the future.

On Risk and Disaster

Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

Author: Donald J. Kettl

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812219593

Category: Political Science

Page: 293

View: 7107

Named one of Planetizen's Top 10 Books of 2006 Hurricane Katrina not only devastated a large area of the nation's Gulf coast, it also raised fundamental questions about ways the nation can, and should, deal with the inevitable problems of economic risk and social responsibility. This volume gathers leading experts to examine lessons that Hurricane Katrina teaches us about better assessing, perceiving, and managing risks from future disasters. In the years ahead we will inevitably face more problems like those caused by Katrina, from fire, earthquake, or even a flu pandemic. America remains in the cross hairs of terrorists, while policy makers continue to grapple with important environmental and health risks. Each of these scenarios might, in itself, be relatively unlikely to occur. But it is statistically certain that we will confront such catastrophes, or perhaps one we have never imagined, and the nation and its citizenry must be prepared to act. That is the fundamental lesson of Katrina. The 20 contributors to this volume address questions of public and private roles in assessing, managing, and dealing with risk in American society and suggest strategies for moving ahead in rebuilding the Gulf coast. Contributors: Matthew Adler, Vicki Bier, Baruch Fischhoff, Kenneth R. Foster, Robert Giegengack, Peter Gosselin, Scott E. Harrington, Carolyn Kousky, Robert Meyer, Harvey G. Ryland, Brian L. Strom, Kathleen Tierney, Michael J. Trebilcock, Detlof von Winterfeldt, Jonathan Walters, Richard J. Zeckhauser.

Hurricane Katrina and the Lessons of Disaster Relief

Author: Michael Powelson

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527500780

Category: History

Page: 215

View: 1720

Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, exposed the failings and incompetence of local, state, and federal officials, as well as the private sector and a host of other public and private agencies. This volume explores how inaction, lack of planning and undisguised greed insured that a category 3 hurricane would result in widespread destruction of both lives and property. It adopts a multifaceted approach to Hurricane Katrina, and includes studies from the fields of oral history, environmental science, physics, political science, sociology, and history. Part One provides first-hand accounts from people that lived through the hurricane and its aftermath. Part Two looks at how various entities responded, or failed to respond, to the disaster. Included in this section are articles on public health, tourism, environmental science, and the role of the Army Corp of Engineers. Part Three incorporates data from the aftermath of Katrina to suggest future responses to hurricanes and other natural/human made disasters. Finally, Harry Shearer, actor, radio host of Le Show, and director of The Big Uneasy, a documentary on Katrina and its aftermath, contributes an article on the various elements that went into the disaster that was Hurricane Katrina.

Disaster Story

Things I Learned From Hurricane Katrina

Author: Frances P Robinson

Publisher: Speedy Publishing LLC

ISBN: 1628840196

Category: Social Science

Page: 63

View: 5344

"Disaster Story: Things I Learned From Hurricane Katrina" tells stories (on a very personal level) of what people had to endure following Hurricane Katrina. Unless you've experienced a disaster you cannot begin to know about emergency survival and what to expect. As a Hurricane Betsy and Katrina survivor the author shares many perspectives on the aftermath of a major disaster. When almost every "system" in a city is destroyed almost overnight, emergency preparedness teams can be completely overwhelmed and inadequate. Here is some of what you'll learn: - Why no one expects a disaster to happen to them. - What you need to know in advance to stay in touch with family even when communications are down. How to return and have housing before most people. - What to expect immediately after a man made or natural disaster and for short and long-term recovery. The mistakes of Hurricane Katrina taught valuable lessons about disaster relief. Let's learn from "Disaster Story: Things I Learned From Hurricane Katrina" and avoid unnecessary suffering in future disasters. This book can help anyone who needs it now or future victims who need to understand the complexities of disaster survival, rescue and recovery.

Memories of Hurricane Katrina and Other Musings

Author: Jack O'Connor

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781426978593

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

View: 5810

Jack O'Connor was a police officer at the University of Massachusetts for twenty-one years. After retiring from the police department, he moved to New Orleans and was employed as director of security for a New Orleans hotel chain. He was in the hotel where he was based in downtown New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck and devastated the city. O'Connor uses a blend of poetry and prose to describe what he saw, heard, and felt during the great disaster. He not only tells of the damage and horror, but he also shows the goodness of man that this tragedy brought out. He also describes how an event that brought so much pain and suffering to thousands also brought about some very major positive changes in his life. Home They say home is where the heart is. I dont doubt that this is all very true. Do you know what this really means? My home is really in New Orleans. While Katrina ravaged New Orleans And I watched in fascinated wonder, I only saw its power and wild fury As it played out in a very small scene. Over the following days and weeks, When I saw the devastation twas done, Bitter tears flowed down my cheeks As I saw the very soul torn from my home

Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescue

A Story Buried Deep

Author: A. j. Meadows

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1770675280


Page: 72

View: 9790

Disaster is a four-legged wordWhat would you do if you had only hours to evacuate your family and furry loved ones from the danger of a national disaster? In the heat of the moment, would you be prepared to take immediate action?Using author A.J. Meadows' personal stories of existing in a warzone named "Katrina," this book outlines a plan easily implemented that will aide in alleviating the stress of the unknown. Being disaster ready is vital to your animal's survival and well-being, also offering you desperately needed peace of mind in times of trouble.Meadows witnessed the destruction and horror following a national disaster during her ten-day deployment in New Orleans while rescuing animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. She hopes through retelling her own stories to provide readers with information to ensure they are disaster ready, through such examples as: Preparation of your disaster bin, complete with items imperative to your animal's welfare. Protection of your family in times of danger by being aware of your animals' behavior and others. Taking into consideration past mistakes, and making them work to your benefit in the future.


A Waveland, MS police dispatcher's account of Hurricane Katrina and miracles and truths from the Gulf Coast

Author: Denise Stephenson

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1503512150

Category: Nature

Page: 117

View: 3729

Written by dispatcher Denise Stephenson, a crucial "first responder" in the Hurricane Katrina disaster as a member of Mississippi ́s Waveland police department, this volume presents a very real portrait of a calamity that shattered the homes, lives and dreams of many Americans - a compelling episode which the author calls 911 FROM AN INSIDE LINE. Uniquely different from other books on the subject, this work not only captures the harrowing event as it happened, but also reveals an unforgettable documentation of pain, defeat, triumph and redemption as it chronicles not only her own recovery process, but that of a community as well - through the eyes of an actual witness.


From Tragedy to Testimony

Author: Nora Horton Green

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 147974218X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 36

View: 5429

This is a clear depiction of how devastating a hurricane can be. A hurricane of any magnitude should never be taken lightly. Unfortunately, for New Orleans and the surrounding areas, Hurricane Katrina wasnt taken seriously enough because of the many hurricanes that had previously gone through the city. New Orleans has survived many of them. But this time the city was completely destroyed. This horrific storm claimed more the 1800 lives. Some say unnecessarily. Many families are still separated. Im still displaced myself. Politicians play the blame game but the outcome speaks for itself. Many lessons have been learned. Not just to the ones who run the city but also to many citizens. Are homes or possessions or positions more important than lives? Will more women and children and the elderly and the indigent suffer again, while their men in the family stand by helplessly again? Hopefully not. When did being poor start being a crime? When will just being human be enough! New Orleans is so small compared to other cities you can ride around the whole city about 3 times and still be home before dark. I miss New Orleans so much! There will never be another city like the one we had already. I dont care how new it gets. That wanted to see what it felt like to just be you. They couldnt wait to get in that French Quarter or the Jazz Festival at the Fair Grounds or Mardi Gras time. Oh boy! There was not a lot of need of a car in New Orleans unless you were a contractor or something like that. There were bus stops on almost every corner of the streets all over the city. They ran almost 5 to 10 minutes apart. Even on Sunday. So you could still go to church! Or sometimes we just walked. Where in the world do you know of a place with a church on one corner and a liquor store on the other and then a funeral home or bar room a few feet away. There were a lot of corner grocery stores in case you didnt feel like going all the way to the big stores just get a loaf of bread and some sandwich meat and a cold drink. It was so very unique, I loved it! I loved living there too. The people were so much more personable than anywhere in the world. Why would you buy a car if you didnt really need one or couldnt afford one. Unless you were white or wealthy. Damn near every black person was on low income wages if you were lucky enough to have a job. Other than that you were on welfare and food stamps. The white and wealthy didnt really want to get rid of all the blacks. What would they do without us? Somebody told me that you have to have a certain percentage of poor people living in the city in order to receive government funds. We knew where the money was. We just couldnt get our hands on any of it. Can you guess why? We made the City of New Orleans what it was. There was no way for the citizens without transportation to leave the city. Mandatory or not! This was a very well known fact by everyone in City Hall and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. So why wasnt transportation provided sooner? Yes, I feel that a lot of this tragedy could have been avoided. It still hurts to know that so many people lost their loved ones. Its a terrible feeling to know that you cant even go home to the Lower Ninth Ward because the Mighty, Muddy, Dirty, Nasty Mississippi River was allowed to infest your town with debris and raw sewer matter. We had sense enough to think, that there were still some people in the United States of America, in the year of 2005, with their noses stuck up so far in the air that they couldnt see themselves coming down far enough, just to help fellow human being to SURVIVE! Jesus Help Us All.

Hurricane Katrina

Author: Jamie Pietras

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438103204

Category: Disaster relief

Page: 128

View: 9922

When the first signs of sunlight emerged from the trickling rain the morning of Monday, August 29, 2005, many residents of the city of New Orleans hoped the worst was behind them. Hours earlier, the tropical hurricane known as Katrina made landfall at an area just 70 miles to the southeast of the city, tearing the roofs off buildings and tossing boats like confetti. Tens of thousands of survivors in need of food, water, and medical attention sat stranded along the city's sweltering highways and in the Superdome and Convention Center. Worse, others remained trapped in their damaged homes. In an attempt to coordinate relief efforts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency implemented strict disaster-response rules that made it difficult for organizations to offer assistance and waited a precious five days before sending much-needed supplies to the Convention Center. Hurricane Katrina explains how the disaster stands among the worst in U.S. history, killing more than 1,600 people, and destroying 200,000 homes along the Gulf Coast. More than a million fled the Gulf region, where economic losses and property damages from flooding were expected to reach a record $125 billion.

CNN Reports: Hurricane Katrina

State of Emergency

Author: CNN News

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 9780740758447

Category: Nature

Page: 176

View: 2678

Documents over a fourteen day period the destructive impact of Hurricane Katrina on the homes and businesses of Mississippi and Louisiana and the personal hardships and tragedies endured by the residents of these areas.