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August 26, 2012

Hurricane Isaac creates worries across US gulf states

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Hurricane Isaac is creating a swathe of concerns across many gulf states in the US, as it sweeps into Florida. As of 5:00pm EDT, Miami area winds were measuring at 60 miles per hour. Authorities indicated 5,180 homes across Broward county are without electricity. According to media sources, the governor of Louisiana anticipates giving evacuation orders as early as Monday morning.

Hurricane warnings have been issued in Florida, sweeping as far west as Louisiana. Louisiana’s Governor Jindal issued a state of emergency for the state on Sunday afternoon. 450 flights at Miami International Airport were canceled this weekend, in light of the storm’s arrival.

Ultimately, the storm could bring winds reaching as high as 110 mph, according to sources. The mayor of New Orleans told media that many residents there are nervous. The Gulf coast has not been struck by a hurricane since 2008.



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October 23, 2005

FEMA official in New Orleans blasts agency\’s response

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FEMA official in New Orleans blasts agency’s response

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

New Orleans Disaster

Hurricane Katrina
  • Hurricane Katrina causes upwards of $12bn of damage; oil prices surge
  • At least 55 killed by Hurricane Katrina; serious flooding across affected region
  • Hurricane Katrina strikes Florida, kills seven
  • Tropical Storm Katrina threatens Florida, Bahamas
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Marty Bahamonde, the only FEMA emplyee in New Orleans during hurricane Katrina, testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, contradicts former FEMA director Michael Brown’s testimony and says Brown ignored his pleas for help.

In an August 31 Blackberry email:

“Sir, I know you know that this situation is past critical. Here are some things you might not know. Hotels are kicking people out, thousands gathering in the streets with no food or water. Hundreds still being rescued from homes” and “medical staff at the Dome expect to run out of oxygen in about 2 hours”

In an email from one of Brown’s aids: “Please schedule Joe Scarborough this evening… Also, it is very important that time is allowed for Mr. Brown to eat dinner. Gievn[sic] that Baton Rouge is back to normal, restaurants are getting busy”

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September 23, 2005

Parts of New Orleans flood again

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Parts of New Orleans flood again

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Rain and the storm surge from Hurricane Rita have overwhelmed one of the fragile levees in New Orleans. The Industrial Canal levee gave way, reflooding parts of the Ninth Ward. There are three significant breaches.

“Our worst fears came true,” said Maj. Barry Guidry of the Georgia National Guard.

“We have three significant breaches in the levee and the water is rising rapidly,” he said. “At daybreak I found substantial breaks and they’ve grown larger.”

The U.S. Corps of Engineers estimated that 6 inches of rainfall could breach the previously damaged levees. The Ninth Ward, which saw flooding as high as 20 feet during Hurricane Katrina, is currently in waist-high water as the nearby levee was overtopped. Water is spilling over the levee in a section 100 feet wide.

The Gentilly neighborhood has water accumulations of 6 to 8 inches deep as the patched London Avenue Canal has sprung leaks near its base.

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September 17, 2005

Navy helping New Orleans pets

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Navy helping New Orleans pets

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Saturday, September 17, 2005

The Spanish word “tortuga” means “turtle.” But in the wake of the New Orleans disaster, the USS Tortuga is helping other animals.

For nearly two weeks now, sailors from Tortuga’s repair division have devoted much of their time during this disaster relief operation to ensure the health and comfort of displaced pets.

September 4th, just after the ship moored to a pier at Naval Support Activity (NSA) New Orleans, HT1(SW) Mark Hanley and DC1(SW) Antony Graves gathered materials from the repair shop on board to construct a kennel along the levee. The facility they made soon became a popular shelter for the homeless animals of the storm.

Tortuga’s search and rescue team brought aboard more than 170 displaced citizens during this past week, providing them with food, water, medical aid and a place to sleep.

Residents and visitor.

Tortuga’s makeshift kennel, named ‘Camp Milo & Otis,’ has housed as many as 90 dogs, eight cats, one rabbit, one guinea pig, a pair of parakeets and a flightless pigeon during the past week of operation.

Currently, there are 14 dogs that remain in Tortuga’s care, as many of the other pets have been taken to animal shelters in the area for extra medical attention, or been claimed by their owners upon arrival to Tortuga. The pets that Tortuga has registered have all been in the hands of professional veterinarians assigned to provide expert medical attention to the members of Camp Milo & Otis.

Dr. Kelly Crowdis and Dr. Latina Gambles, both from Tuskegee University and Christian Veterinary Missions, have treated many of the pets for infection, dehydration, malnourishment and broken bones at the Camp during the past week.

“The animals were bathed and assessed before physical interaction with the sailors,” said Dr. Crowdis. “They’ve been given immunizations, antibiotics and medications based on their medical needs.”

Dr. Crowdis added, “What these sailors have done on their own has been such a heart-warming thing. As an animal lover, it is so comforting to know that everyone cares about the animals in addition to the human lives rescued from the storm. I’m very pleased with these guys for taking the initiative to construct this kennel.”

Graves, Hanley and other members of their division have consistently bathed, fed, walked and given special attention to every dog, every day.

“We play with them,” said Hanley. “We take them out of their kennels to give them attention every day. And we’ll continue to do that for as long as our ship’s mission keeps us here.”

USS Tortuga at New Orleans.

September 11th, the Agricultural Center at Louisiana State University donated supplies to “Camp Milo & Otis” in support of Tortuga’s efforts to help the animal victims.

”We got medical supplies, bowls, food, cages, leashes, collars, toys, cat litter and cleaning supplies from these people yesterday,” said Graves. “It’s nice to know that so many people out there have heard about what our ship is doing, and responded by donating so much to support us the best they can.”

A photo gallery of unclaimed pets is on the USS Tortuga’s web site.

As part of disaster plans, the Department of Homeland Security has also deployed Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams to provide medical care to pets and livestock, as well as provide any needed veterinary medical care for search and rescue dogs.

There are over 3,850 animals being sheltered around the state. If someone is looking for a pet they should contact their nearest Humane Society or go online to http://www.petfinder.org// . More information is also available at http://www.vetmed.lsu.edu//.

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September 16, 2005

Bush calls for expanding Federal authority

Bush calls for expanding Federal authority

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Friday, September 16, 2005

States “rights” battle unfolding.

In an address to the nation on Thursday, President Bush laid out a sweeping set of initiatives to aid the rebuilding effort of the gulf region and called for an investigation into what went wrong in the disaster and how better to respond in the future.

Following a list of economic stimulus programs designed to aid small businesses and individuals, the president called for something sure to draw fierce debate, a broadening of Federal power to declare martial law.

“It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces – the institution of our government most capable of massive logistical operations on a moment’s notice.”

Bush addressing the nation from New Orleans Sept. 15, 2005 immediately after calling for expanded authority to declare martial law

This follows on the heels of the Bush administration’s failed effort to have Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco sign documents allowing Bush to invoke the Insurrection Act during the height of the crisis in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Current law prevents regular military troops from law enforcement except in the case of insurrection against the state if that state has lost the ability to maintain order. Loosening of this restriction, and whatever else is contemplated in the president’s statement, would mean a fundamental shift in the current balance of power between the Federal and State governments.

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Remarks on the Senate Floor Sept. 13th, 2005 by Senator John Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee: (excerpt)

“Mr. President, as we face an uncertain future as it relates to terrorism and the use of weapons of mass destruction, I have some thoughts with regard to this law which was passed in 1878 which restricts in certain ways–and the predicate for doing so is wise–men and women of the Armed Forces–that is, a permanent U.S. military as opposed to National Guard–in matters relating to law enforcement.
Traditionally, that has always been left to the local authorities, and that is the way it should be. But sometimes there may be one–I will have to examine the facts–that becomes so overwhelming or so incapacitated by a natural disaster, or perhaps a terrorist attack, that the Armed Forces may have to perform some of those duties. We want to make sure the President has that capability.
Also, there are other permanent laws on the books called the Insurrection Statutes. At a very minimum, I would like to see the name changed that we put on this for reasons quite different than the threats and challenges that face this Nation today. But that statute also might be reviewed, along with the Posse Comitatus Act, to see whether other permanent pieces of law should be modified to meet the contingencies we face here in the future.”

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September 12, 2005

FEMA accused of misusing trained disaster workers as public-relations workers

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FEMA accused of misusing trained disaster workers as public-relations workers

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Monday, September 12, 2005

New Orleans Disaster

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  • Hurricane Katrina causes upwards of $12bn of damage; oil prices surge
  • At least 55 killed by Hurricane Katrina; serious flooding across affected region
  • Hurricane Katrina strikes Florida, kills seven
  • Tropical Storm Katrina threatens Florida, Bahamas
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is being criticized for misallocation of personnel in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. FEMA representatives said they requested volunteers from fire departments around the U.S., to handle its community relations campaign. However, a document FEMA sent to local fire departments asked for firefighters with very specific skills and who were capable of working in “austere conditions”. Fire departments around the nation responded by sending crews to the FEMA staging ground in Atlanta. Some of these crews were unaware that they were only going to be used for public relations work. Others, however, merely hoped that FEMA would allocate them to rescue and damage control operations once it saw their qualifications.

The firefighter’s objections are particularly poignant as one of FEMA public relations training seminars coincided with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin plea for firefighters on national television, to relieve his own exhausted crews. It is unclear if FEMA’s request for firefighters prevented any municipalities from responding to Mayor Nagin’s request.

Some firefighters have objected to their use as FEMA public relations officers because their municipalities must bear the cost of their salaries, as well as endure reduced firefighting capacity. FEMA has stated that it sought to use firefighters to avoid background checks required of federal employees.

Firefighters began receiving their assignments Monday, September 5th. Among these was a crew of 50 assigned to tour the devastated areas with President Bush and the press.

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September 10, 2005

Red Cross is not in New Orleans for Katrina, Guard raced it to Superdome

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Red Cross is not in New Orleans for Katrina, Guard raced it to Superdome

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Saturday, September 10, 2005

New Orleans Disaster

Hurricane Katrina
  • Hurricane Katrina causes upwards of $12bn of damage; oil prices surge
  • At least 55 killed by Hurricane Katrina; serious flooding across affected region
  • Hurricane Katrina strikes Florida, kills seven
  • Tropical Storm Katrina threatens Florida, Bahamas
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The American Red Cross is not lending its usual assistance in New Orleans, because the Louisiana National Guard acted first. After Saturday September 3, it was agreed with state officials the Red Cross was not needed because the large-scale evacuation of the city was under way.

The organization explains on its web site:

  • Access to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.
  • The state Homeland Security Department had requested–and continues to request–that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.
  • The Red Cross does not conduct search and rescue operations. We are an organization of civilian volunteers and cannot get relief aid into any location until the local authorities say it is safe and provide us with security and access.
  • The original plan was to evacuate all the residents of New Orleans to safe places outside the city. With the hurricane bearing down, the city government decided to open a shelter of last resort in the Superdome downtown. We applaud this decision and believe it saved a significant number of lives.

On September 1, the Red Cross offered to Louisiana state officials to enter New Orleans, who rejected the offer due to logistical difficulties. Making the offer the next day to Col. Jay Mayeaux, the deputy director of the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Red Cross was asked to wait 24 hours while preparations were made. By the next day, Saturday September 3rd, the National Guard had arrived in the city, felt they had adequate supplies and did not need the Red Cross.

Superdome: refuge of last resort

Superdome roof, 2 days after Katrina struck

The American Red Cross is often involved in emergency situations, and the term applied to the Superdome, “refuge of last resort”, is based on Red Cross shelter standards. It is the minimal type of shelter, defined primarily by not meeting shelter standards:

  1. May or may not meet any of the ARC criteria for a shelter and has not been approved for use as a shelter by the ARC.
  2. May be located either inside or outside of the Hurricane Risk Area.
  3. Physical features required:
    Located outside of the flood zone or ability to locate on floors elevated above flood potential area and hurricane wind resistant structure.

Ticking clock

Despite the Superdome being a minimal shelter, it was reported there were 26,000 people there. As the Times-Picayune reported on Sunday, August 28, Col. Mayeaux was involved in preparations:

“To help keep them fed and hydrated, the Louisiana National Guard delivered three truckloads of water and seven truckloads of MREs — short for “meals ready to eat.” That’s enough to supply 15,000 people for three days, according to Col. Jay Mayeaux, deputy director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Preparedness.”

The National Guard delivered enough food for 15,000 people for 3 days, to a place which may have had 26,000 people. Four days later, National Guardsmen accompanied by buses (475 in all) and supply trucks arrived at the Superdome on September 1.

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Celebrities contribute to Katrina relief

Celebrities contribute to Katrina relief

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Published:Wednesday, September 7, 2005Updated:Saturday, September 10, 2005 (Travolta, Preston, Moore, Stones, Three Doors Down, Johnson, Smith)

After Hurricane Katrina passed across the United States, various artists and media stars have leapt at a call to action.

John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston flew his private plane to deliver a load of supplies and tetanus vaccine to Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Part of a Scientology project which has been using their non-massage “assists”, in an interview Preston mentioned that “auditing” had also been performed on victims.

Kevin Smith is holding an online auction on his Web site.

Sean Penn actually went to Louisiana. After loading down a small boat with his entourage, it was discovered one of them had neglected to seal a hole in the bottom. Penn was wearing a white vest rather than a life vest while bailing. After the motor wouldn’t start, the crew paddled down a flooded New Orleans street. Bystanders jeered at whether any victims could fit aboard the crowded craft. No report on rescue stunts. Local authorities had previously been criticized for not allowing volunteer boaters in to help.

Morgan Freeman, whose home fared well, is organizing an online auction of celebrity items at charityfolks.com, to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Curt Schilling opened his home to a family of nine driven out of their New Orleans home. The Schilling family will provide housing for the Fields for a year while their home in New Orleans is rebuilt and repaired.

Some celebrities “graced” disaster zones with their presence in the days following Katrina.

Singer Macy Gray and television personality Phil McGraw visited Houston’s Astrodome.

Celebrities visiting New Orleans include Michael Moore (opposite side of lake), singer Harry Connick, Jr., CNN’s Anderson Cooper, actor Jamie Foxx, singer Faith Hill, actor Matthew McConaughey, singer Lisa Marie Presley, comedian Chris Rock, and The Oprah Winfrey Show contributor Lisa Ling and interior decorator Nate Berkus.

Oprah Winfrey visited New Orleans, Houston, and Mississippi.

Donations with press releases

Personality Contributions Beneficiary
Jerry Lewis Half of Monday telethon Salvation Army
Shelter From the Storm (US TV networks) Friday telethon  
BET Relief Telethon Friday BET telethon National Urban League and the American Red Cross
MTV ReAct Now Saturday MTV telethon several
Dave Matthews Band Sept 12 concert
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
 
Grand Ole Opry Country Reaches Out Sept 27 telethon  
Serena Williams $100 for every ace she hits on the tennis court  
Jay Leno celebrity motorcycle auction  
Barry Manilow matching contributions
manilowfund.com
Red Cross
David Banner Sept. 17 benefit concert in Atlanta  
 
Lance Armstrong $500,000 Affected cancer survivors.
Nicolas Cage $1 million Red Cross
George Clooney $1 million United Way
Ellen DeGeneres $500,000 + donations  
Celine Dion $1 million Red Cross
Hilary Duff $250,000 Red Cross & USA Harvest
Michael Jackson charity single  
Jay-Z and Diddy $1 million Red Cross
Magic Johnson jobs  
Ludacris $100,000  
The Rolling Stones $1 million Red Cross
Steven Spielberg $1.5 million American Red Cross and Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund
Three Doors Down $300,000 Better Life Foundation

Celebrities in the storm

Singer Fats Domino was missing during the New Orleans flood but has since reached safety.

Celebrities out of the storm

New Orleans residents who were out of town during the Hurricane included:

  • Juvenile, who left New Orleans before the storm.
  • Dave Pirner, who was visiting his Minneapolis hometown.
  • Master P, whose family members are missing.
  • The Neville Brothers have relocated to Round Rock, Texas.

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September 9, 2005

NASA announces Shuttle delay due to Hurricane Katrina

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NASA announces Shuttle delay due to Hurricane Katrina

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Friday, September 9, 2005

New Orleans Disaster

Hurricane Katrina
  • Hurricane Katrina causes upwards of $12bn of damage; oil prices surge
  • At least 55 killed by Hurricane Katrina; serious flooding across affected region
  • Hurricane Katrina strikes Florida, kills seven
  • Tropical Storm Katrina threatens Florida, Bahamas
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There will be a delay in future Shuttle flights until at least the fall of 2006, due to damaged NASA facilities that house and manufacture parts for the Shuttle program. Hurricane Katrina has damaged several NASA facilities, including not only the Kennedy Space Center, but more importantly the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans itself and the Stennis Space Center on the gulf coast of Mississippi, both major worksites of NASA subcontractors that help with the servicing of parts for the shuttle.

The Michoud New Orleans facility is the primary manufacturing facility for the external fuel tanks that are used on Shuttle launches. The Stennis Space Center is the manufacturing and test center for the main shuttle rocket engines. NASA is still trying to contact employees who have been evacuated from the New Orleans and Gulf Coast areas who have not reported to work due to the disaster and current situation in New Orleans. NASA announced that the Michoud Assembly Facility will not reopen until September 26th at the earliest.

There have been many setbacks for the Shuttle program as well. Hurricane Katrina simply added to these problems. Hurricane Ophelia forced the facilities at the Kennedy Space Center to go into a weather protection status, returning the shuttle Atlantis back to its hanger from the Vehicle Assembly building. The external fuel tank that was earlier scheduled to return to New Orleans prior to Katrina for some minor repairs had to be secured from the storm. MSNBC reported that Wayne Hale, NASA’s deputy shuttle program manager, suggests that it may be over a year before they can get back to flying another shuttle mission.

Among other problems facing NASA, employees at these damaged facilities have faced very personal losses. Some have lost family members, their homes, and more. In some cases, NASA has been unable to locate employees, or employees of contractors. For those that have been located, many of them from New Orleans are being transferred either to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, or to the Marshall Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

At the Stennis Space Center, they at first attempted to put the facility to use as an evacuee center to take in some people coming from out of New Orleans. As of Wednesday, those plans were dropped when evacuees were being transferred to other facilities better equipped to deal with their long term needs. The center is now focusing on efforts to recover from the damage to the facility itself.

At the Michoud Assembly Facility, the U.S. Marine Corp is also using it as a staging area for its operations in New Orleans, and as a temporary military base.

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New Orleans officials confiscating guns

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New Orleans Disaster

Hurricane Katrina
  • Hurricane Katrina causes upwards of $12bn of damage; oil prices surge
  • At least 55 killed by Hurricane Katrina; serious flooding across affected region
  • Hurricane Katrina strikes Florida, kills seven
  • Tropical Storm Katrina threatens Florida, Bahamas
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Hurricane Katrina’s aftereffects are perhaps worse than the storm itself.

Friday, September 9, 2005

Law enforcement authorities in New Orleans are confiscating firearms, sources in the city say. The confiscations come after a wave of gun violence swept over the flood-ravaged city, with looters shooting at other refugees, police and military authorties, rescuers, and even hospital personnel.

“Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons,” said police superintendent P. Edwin Compass III. And although this is being enforced, private guards with permits are being allowed to keep their firearms.

Blogger Michael Barnett, who is manning a New Orleans datacenter, said he would turn in his weapons if authorities came for them. “I’m not gonna die on the 10th floor of this building to enforce my right to keep and bear arms.”

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