What Was Hurricane Katrina?

Author: Robin Koontz,Who HQ

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698412400

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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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.

CNN Reports: Hurricane Katrina

State of Emergency

Author: CNN News

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 9780740758447

Category: Nature

Page: 176

View: 5179

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.

Hurricane Katrina and the Lessons of Disaster Relief

Author: Michael Powelson

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527500780

Category: History

Page: 215

View: 9292

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.


Author: Dave Eggers

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462306693

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 5092

»›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: 4695

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.

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: 1736

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.

Memories of Hurricane Katrina and Other Musings

Author: Jack O'Connor

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781426978593

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

View: 7404

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: 6886

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.

Hurricane Katrina

Author: Jamie Pietras

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438103204

Category: Disaster relief

Page: 128

View: 4395

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.

Hurricane Katrina and I

A Testimony While Stationed in New Orleans

Author: Antonio Q. Arnold

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781467079662

Category: History

Page: 92

View: 1961

I would like to share some of my experience while serving in New Orleans, Louisiana. This deployment was my first major deployment in which just about every Army National Guard and Air Guard in the union was involved. This joint task force also includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, and Reserve Forces. The U.S. Coast Guard was deeply involved the relief efforts as well. I was impressed to see the Army 82nd Airborne Division and the 1st Calvary Division playing a major role along with National Guard units. This as if all America came to the aide of its own. I even witness law enforcement from all over the country convoying to the Gulf State to lend a helping hand. I would like to thank the church and the people of Mississippi for their warm and loving hospitality as we travel towards New Orleans. This experience is an experience I will never forget. I was told by Iraqi Freedom veterans that New Orleans look and smells like Baghdad Iraq. I had never experience war upfront or combat but I was always in training for war and supported the war efforts. I see this relief effort as preparation for what is to come in my life. I was told this is just the beginning. The Guard, Reserve and Active components will play a more active role in our homeland relief efforts. I am forever changed I thought Hurricane Frances and Ivan was something. Hurricane Katrina affected everyone nationwide. I'm glad to play major part in the relief effort and be a blessing not just to the people of New Orleans and Louisiana but also to the people of Alabama and Mississippi.

Hurricane Katrina

Better Plans and Exercises Needed to Guide the Military's Response to Catastrophic Natural Disasters

Author: Sharon L. Pickup (au)

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 9781422306727


Page: 67

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Hurricane Katrina was one of the largest natural disasters in U.S. history. Despite a large deployment of resources at all levels, many have regarded the fed. response as inadequate. The GAO has a body of ongoing work that covers the fed. govt.'s preparedness & response to hurricanes Katrina & Rita. This review examined: (1) the extent to which pre-Katrina plans & training exercises reflected the military assistance that might be required during a catastrophic, domestic, natural disaster; (2) the military support provided in response to Katrina & factors that affected that response; & (3) the actions the military is taking to address lessons learned from Katrina & to prepare for the next catastrophe. Includes recommendations. Illustrations.

Hurricane Katrina

Author: Mary Ann Hoffman

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781404235373

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 2443

Explains what a hurricane is, and describes the damage that Hurricane Katrina did to the Gulf States in 2005.

Army Support During the Hurricane Katrina Disaster

Author: James A. Wombwell

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 9780980123692

Category: Disaster relief

Page: 282

View: 1818

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category 3 storm and was the costliest hurricane as well as one of the five deadliest storms in the history of the United States. It caused extensive destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas. The most severe loss of life and property damage occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, where the levee system catastrophically failed, flooding the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes. In preparation for and reaction to the hurricane, the United States Northern Command established Joint Task Force Katrina at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, to act as the Active component's on-scene commander. Some 22,000 Active-Duty personnel eventually assisted with relief-and-recovery operations in Mississippi and Louisiana. At the same time, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 3 territories sent approximately 50,000 National Guard personnel to deal with the storm's aftermath. These men and women were instrumental in the rescue-and-relief mission, often using their own initiative and resources in the chaotic aftermath of the storm. Because the media coverage of this great national disaster tended toward the sensational more than the analytical, many important stories remain to be told in a dispassionate manner. One such story is the response by U.S. Army personnel, both the Active and Reserve components, within the broader governmental effort to mitigate the horrific effects of the storm. James Wombwell's study offers just such a dispassionate analysis of the Army's response to the natural disaster by providing a detailed account of the operations in Louisiana and Mississippi. Much good work was done by the Army team, but Wombwell shows that there is still room for improvement.

Army Support During the Hurricane Katrina Disaster

Author: James A. Wombwell

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 1437923054


Page: 267

View: 2602

This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. Hurricane Katrina, in Aug. 2005, was the costliest hurricane as well as one of the five deadliest storms in U.S. history. It caused extensive destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas. Some 22,000 Active-Duty Army personnel assisted with relief-and-recovery operations in Mississippi and Louisiana. At the same time, all 50 states sent approx. 50,000 National Guard personnel to deal with the storm¿s aftermath. Because the media coverage of this disaster tended toward the sensational more than the analytical, many important stories remain to be told in a dispassionate manner. This study offers a dispassionate analysis of the Army¿s response to the natural disaster by providing a detailed account of the operations in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Public Health and Environmental Infrastructure Implications of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Author: James N. Jensen

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 1437914764


Page: 31

View: 8401

A public health and environment reconnaissance team visited the Gulf Coast in October 2005. The team¿s efforts extended from New Orleans to the parishes north of Lake Pontchartrain to the Louisiana-Texas border. The primary study areas were Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, Washington, Calcasieu, and Cameron parishes. The report provides information on the public health aspects of the site visit and reviews the environmental infrastructure observations. Infectious diseases accounted for 37% of the illnesses recorded. Skin or wound infections were diagnosed in 40% and acute respiratory infections in 32% of the infectious disease cases. Hurricanes disrupted drinking water service to five million people. Illustrations.