Posts Tagged ‘Disaster’

Don’t we all deserve levees that work?

April 3, 2009

Are We At Risk? – a public service of

So far back as I can remember in my study of the US Army Corps of Engineers… (which goes back to the year 2002) they have been drastically underfunded for years and years.

Where are the FEMA trailers in Louisiana?

August 31, 2008

From Tri-Parish Times

Trailers from Katrina remain

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Nearly 10,000 federally issued trailers and mobile homes remain in Louisiana nearly three years after Hurricane Katrina _ and with attention now on Gustav.

Of those, about 2,880 remain in New Orleans, most in front of homes people are trying to rebuild following Katrina.

As of Wednesday, more than 1,000 remained in each St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Calcasieu parishes, according to figures released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. St. Bernard was virtually wiped out by Katrina; Calcasieu was hit by Hurricane Rita, in September 2005.

Latest update: Aug 29, 2008 – 08:16:28 am PDT

What are ARRL volunteers up to?

August 31, 2008

This page is for Amateur Radio operators who wish to connect with served agencies who need communication assistance during Hurricane Gustav.

Mandatory evac by parish from The Advocate

August 31, 2008

From URL on August 31, 2008

Hurricane Evacuation Listings by parish

* Published: Aug 30, 2008 – UPDATED: 7:25 a.m.

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Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez issued a voluntary evacuation order for all low-lying areas in Ascension Parish because of the potential of extensive flooding in the eastern part of the parish. The areas included are east of La. 431 to the Diversion Canal and north of La. 42 to Bayou Manchac.

A mandatory evacuation went into effect at 4 p.m. Saturday, said Kim Torres, a spokeswoman for the parish office of emergency preparedness.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for Sunday at noon.

A mandatory evacuation is expected to be issued on Sunday morning.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for Sunday at 7 a.m.

Mandatory evacuation of Grand Isle began at 1 p.m. on Saturday. A mandatory evacuation for both the West Bank and East Bank was ordered Sunday morning by parish officials.  The mandatory evacuation for the West Bank begins at 9 a.m., with the East Bank mandatory evacuation starting at noon.  A curfew will be in effect starting Sunday, Aug. 31.

Marshalling points at the Larose Civic Center, Central Lafourche High School and Thibodaux High School will reopen at 7 a.m. today.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered as of 4 p.m. Saturday.

Any resident who signed up to be transported from their home will be taken to one of these marshalling points. They, along with residents who drive themselves to a marshalling point, will be transported out of the parish.

Buses will transport all evacuees to a shelter to be determined.

All marshalling points closed about 7 p.m. Saturday.

Evacuation is suggested for people living south of Interstate 12 in Livingston Parish, said Brian Fairburn, the parish’s director of emergency preparedness.

A major hurricane surge from Lake Maurepas is expected for the lower part of the parish, emergency officials said.

“If you can get out, secure your residence and get out now,” said Harry Brignac, the French Settlement chief of Police.

“I don’t think we’re going to miss the bullet on this one,” the police chief said.

People can wait until this afternoon to make a decision, but “traffic is going to be horrendous,” he added.

Brignac said his officers will be out in full force until the winds or water get too high, and then will be back on the streets as soon as possible.

Piles of sand have been put out at most fire stations in the parish for people who want to try to sand bag around their homes to hold back the storm surge, Fairburn said.

No shelters have been opened, but North Park and the West Livingston gymnasium will be opened as shelters if necessary, said Will Clark, an aide to the parish president.

Orleans Parish has issued a mandatory evacuation for West Bank residents for 8 a.m. Sunday morning. On the East Bank, residents have a mandatory evacuation order beginning at noon Sunday.

A mandatory evacuation was issued for Saturday at noon.

A mandatory evacuation was issued for Saturday at 4 p.m.

A mandatory evacuation was issued for Saturday at noon.

Parish officials issued a highly recommended evacuation for all residents living south of La. 3127 in the south Vacherie area and those living north of La. 3125 in the Grand Point Area along with residents living in trailers, manufactured homes and flood prone areas.

St. John the Baptist Parish has issued a mandatory parishwide evacuation beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday.

A mandatory evacuation was issued for Saturday at noon.

A mandatory evacuation was issued for Saturday at 4 p.m.

A mandatory evacuation of all mobile homes and travel trailers across the parish goes into effect at 10 a.m. today, Parish President Gordon Burgess said. That evacuation also includes all homes south of La. 22, Burgess said.

“I’m concerned about a 13-to-16-foot storm surge on the south end of the parish and winds of 75 to 100 miles an hour,” the parish president said. “This is a monster.”

A mandatory evacuation was issued for Saturday at 4 p.m.

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August 31, 2008

One question for me, two questions for you

August 28, 2008

I see from viewing my blog stats people are looking for public transportation evacuation numbers. I didn’t know there were any, however, I searched and found a few numbers. I had to Ask Louise from the website:

2008 Hurricane: 311 Information line for the City of New Orleans
Information center during emergencies or disasters affecting the City of New Orleans
311 is the non-emergency information line for the city services of New Orleans. 311 is designed to be your one call to City Hall to gain information or inquire about city services. The 311 Call Center also serves as the information center during emergencies or disasters affecting the City of New Orleans. Residents who require evacuation assistance must register with the 311 Call Center.
The hearing impaired can dial 504-658-2059 or 1-800-981-6652. Spanish and Vietnamese language assistance is available.

The specially trained 311 representatives are available from 7AM to 11PM Monday – Friday, and 8AM to 5PM on Saturday. Outside these hours, you can leave a message and a representative will return your call within 48 hours.

What happens if Gustav hits on Sunday?

Now this guy, Mr. Evans has posted a question from Gulfport, Mississippi via Los Angeles Times in blue tape across the side of an  “old” FEMA trailer. The LA Times had this to say:

“While other protesters carried signs demonstrating against U.S. involvement in Iraq or conditions at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, Derrick Evans arrived from Gulfport, Miss., hauling an old Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer bearing messages with a different sort of theme.

One, in blue tape on the side of the trailer, read:  (This is Question One) “Where did $129 billion for Gulf Coast hurricane recovery go?

and…Evans said, “would have no recovery if not for volunteers.

So I surf on over to another article, New Oxfam Report on Eve of Katrina Anniversary Details Roadblocks to Gulf Coast Recovery. Read the report yourself here. I don’t doubt the fact that finding adequate housing is a problem as it was a problem BEFORE Katrina.  I don’t doubt, too, that outside agencies are sucking all of the funds out of programs designed to help Hurricane Katrina victims.  I’m seeing it with my own eyes.  They hire these people to send me late fliers, ask me to fill out more paperwork so that they can evaluate whether or not I’m “eligible”. Meanwhile, these folks collect a pay check.  Their bosses collect paychecks.  And your paperwork gets shuffled around another group of people who are getting paychecks.  All of these people are reaping the rewards of the “Hurricane Katrina Fund” compliments of the US Government.  And this leaves me with question two: Why not Louisiana based organizations that had establishment prior to Katrina?

Meanwhile, if that doesn’t interest you go and visit the Katrina Memorial where 54 of 85 bodies have been identified. Or you can go to Biloxi, Mississippi an visit their Katrina Memorial, too.