Posts Tagged ‘Hurricane Gustav’

iReports for Gustav

September 8, 2008

Gustav on iReport

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Didn’t unpack?: Louisiana State of Emergency IKE

September 8, 2008

Well, if your not unpacked… it’s probably a good thing. The Bayou Buzz also ran a story about planning for your fuel needs.

Louisiana Gov Jindal Declares Ike An Emergency
From the Bayou Buzz

Gustav: Jindal, Louisiana Deaths, Agriculture and Forestry, Power, Water

From the Bayou Buzz

“Where is Entergy?,” asks mayor

September 5, 2008

“…As of 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Boihem said 32,000 people in Tangipahoa Parish remained without power.

Just before midnight Wednesday, the area from Westin Avenue to East Thomas Street to Pine Street to South Morrison Boulevard to Club Deluxe to Southwest Railroad Avenue to Old Covington Avenue received power. Crews’ work on Wednesday meant all hotels in Hammond now have power.

Downtown Hammond remained dark Thursday…”

Full story here

And from the emergency.louisiana.gov website Sept. 5, 2008

Evacuees with medical needs will be sent to shelters in Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Monroe, Bossier City and Hammond.
However, they should first call one of the lines below to be certified by a nurse.

  • New Orleans 1-866-280-2068
  • Baton Rouge 1-800-349-1372
  • Houma-Thibodaux 1-800-228-9409
  • Lafayette 1-800-901-3210
  • Lake Charles 1-866-280-2711
  • Alexandria 1-800-841-5778
  • Shreveport 1-800-841-5776
  • Monroe 1-866-280-7287
  • Mandeville 1-866-280-7724

Parish president: Washington needs to be added to disaster list

September 5, 2008

Washington Parish is getting back to normal after its brush with Hurricane Gustav. But as late as Thursday afternoon, Parish President Richard Ned Thomas was still storming.

He said the office of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise informed him Wednesday that Washington, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes were “out of the loop” for federal assistance, which includes financial reimbursement.…” Full story here.

Text alerts from NOAA less is more and lessons learned

August 31, 2008

The site declares that it is an experimental weather alert service for your mobile device. http://www.srh.noaa.gov/cte.htm Lessons learned from Katrina and press releases from the GSM World News indicate an increased usage of cell phones. What the NOAA website offers is wonderful, however, not all cell phones will be able to view alerts. Those cell phones with text only access and no web access will not be able to receive alerts. It leaves out the “little guy” who does not have a major cell phone carrier. You can read more about the 2005 report from GSM World News here http://www.gsmworld.com/news/press_2005/press05_36.shtml .

Today is the last day of the NWS web services via wireless technology poll:
http://www.weather.gov/survey/nws-survey.php?code=cell

I know of only one website that offers to send an SMS for free via the internet. Of course, sometimes when phones do not work, your DSL or cable might. This is all pending you have electricity and a computer, of course. http://www.txtdrop.com can deliver a text message via the internet.

If I’m wrong, let me know. This may be helpful.

NOAA Poll
http://www.weather.gov/survey/nws-survey.php?code=cell

Free Text Message via the internet
http://www.txtdrop.com

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 is MRC?

August 31, 2008

Technical issues on LAVA August 31, 2008

From LAVA website, click register now, click Download Responder Guide comes up ZIPPO – return to front page register.

From May 2008 PDF on LAVA

https://www.lava.dhh.louisiana.gov/la/LAVA_May.pdf

MRC Units in Louisiana are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promotes healthy living throughout the year. MRC Units are provided specific areas to target that strengthen the public health infrastructure of their communities. Please help support your local MRC unit in strengthening the public health infrastructure in Louisiana by volunteering. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Many community members-interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisors, and others-can fill key support positions. As we approach hurricane season, please contact your
local MRC for additional information about how you can volunteer in your community.

Acadiana Medical Reserve Corps (AMRC)
Post Office Box 60488
Lafayette, LA 70592
Dr. Andy Blalock
337-852-8771
Calcasieu Medical Reserve Corps
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Angela Jouett
337-475-3217
City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton
Rouge
3773 Harding Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70807
MRC Coordinator
225-389-2100
Jefferson Parish Medical Reserve Corps
1887 Ames Blvd
Marrero, LA 70072
Kenneth Padgett
504-349-5360
New Orleans Area Regional Medical Reserve Corps
1300 Perdido Street
Ste. 8 E 18
New Orleans, LA 70112
Badwi Amin
504-371-2485
Northwest Louisiana Medical Reserve Corps
1511 Doctor’s Drive
Bossier City, LA 71111
Terry Strain
318-425-5351
Plaquemines Parish Medical Reserve Corps
8344 Hwy. 23
Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Benny Puckett
504-391-2004

From MRC website:

http://www.medicalreservecorps.gov/state.asp?state=22

Acadiana Medical Reserve Corps (AMRC) View on Map

825 Kaliste Saloom Road
Brandywine 3, Suite 100
Lafayette, LA 70508
Jennifer Doucet
337-262-5644

Calcasieu Medical Reserve Corps View on Map

707- A
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Angela Jouett
337-475-3217

City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge View on Map

3773 Harding Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70807
MRC Coordinator
(225) 389-2100

Jefferson Parish Medical Reserve Corps View on Map

1887 Ames Blvd
Marrero, LA 70072
Kenneth Padgett
504-349-5360

New Orleans Area Regional Medical Reserve Corps View on Map

1300 Perdido St.
Ste. 8 E 18
New Orleans, LA 70112
Badwi Amin
504 371 2485

Northwest Louisiana Medical Reserve Corps View on Map

1511 Doctor’s Drive
Bossier City, LA 71111
Terry Strain
318-425-5351

Plaquemines Parish MRC View on Map

8344 Hwy. 23
Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Guy Laigast
504-391-2004