Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi’

Hurricane Wiki – A project of the Hurricane Information Center

September 12, 2008

http://www.hurricanewiki.org/wiki/Main_Page

HurricaneWiki.org: A project of the Hurricane Information Center

  • Calcasieu ParishMandatory Evacuation for residents in travel trailers, mobile homes, and low-lying areas, as well as home-bound, special needs residents.
  • Cameron Parish Mandatory Evacuation for entire parish.
  • Iberia ParishVoluntary Evacuation for low-lying areas.
  • Jefferson ParishMandatory Evacuation of Grand Isle.
  • Jefferson Davis ParishVoluntary Evacuation for residents with special needs.
  • Lafourche ParishMandatory Evacuation for all areas south of the Leon Theriot Floodgates in Golden Meadow and the community of Pointe-Aux-Chenes.
  • Livingston Parish Voluntary Evacuation of southern and eastern portions of parish.
  • Plaquemines Parish Voluntary Evacuation of entire parish.
  • St. Bernard Parish –Mandatory Evacuation of anyone not inside the hurricane protection levee.
  • St. Mary ParishVoluntary Evacuation south of the Intercoastal and in Franklin south of the railroad track. In Baldwin, the voluntary evacuation extends to residents of mobile homes and travel trailers.
  • St. Martin ParishVoluntary Evacuationin Bell River and Stevensville for low-lying and mobile home/travel trailers.
  • Terrebonne ParishVoluntary Evacuation of southern portion of parish.
  • Vermilion ParishMandatory Evacuation for Vermilion Parish below LA Highway 14 to include all of Erath and Delcambre and Medical Special Needs patients south of LA Highway 14 and on the west side of the parish from the Meridian Line Road to the Cameron and Jeff Davis parish lines.
  • St. Charles Parish updated
  • Jindal Update from LPB Blog
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Mississippi Hams Reflect on Gustav Prep for Ike

September 8, 2008

From ARRLWEB

Mississippi Hams Reflect on Hurricane Gustav, Prepare for Hanna and Ike

After several days of harrowing watching and waiting for Hurricane Gustav to make landfall, the storm slammed into southeast Louisiana Monday afternoon, leaving flooding, wind damage and power outages in its wake and evacuees eager to go home. As Amateur Radio operators across the area moved from an emergency response stance to clean-up, evaluation and repair, the need for some changes to operations and equipment became clear, as well as the vastly improved response as compared to Hurricane Katrina…. Read more

“…One problem noted by several officials in the area was the signal propagation from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MSEMA) office near Jackson. “A new antenna up there would help,” said one. “We had a real hard time copying signal from MSEMA,” said another….”

“…Local hams were not the only ones learning lessons from the storm. Purvis noted that while the MSEMA official at the Stone County Emergency operations Center was familiar with Amateur Radio, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representative did not know anything about ham radio and the service that hams provide before the storm….”

What is hurricane watch net?

September 8, 2008

From URL Hurricane Watch Net

The Hurricane Watch Net provides communications to and from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida during times of hurricane emergencies. The net (a gathering of amateur radio operators missioned to support the National Hurricane Center) convenes as an organized network of emergency communicators on the frequency of 14.325 Mhz when a hurricane is forecast to be within 300 statute miles from landfall on any inhabited land mass in the Caribbean Sea, Central America, and U.S. Mainland including the Gulf of Mexico coastal areas.

Monday, September 8 , the net will open operations at 0800EDT (1200UTC) as Hurricane Ike moves across the length of Cuba from East to West. Our purpose will be to announce the forecast advisories into the affected area while at the same time, collecting observed and/or measured weather data from amateur radio stations in the path of the hurricane, for submission to the forecasters in the National Hurricane Center.

As a special note to those who monitor when the net is active, we ask that you please honor our request for you to sit quietly on the sidelines unless specifically called upon for assistance.

For viewers of this site who have no capability to listen to the actual radio conversations during our net activations, we have provided here, live streaming audio, thanks to the services of Bob Arnold, N2JEU from his location in upstate New York.

We invite you to monitor the status of all active storms through information presented here in our web site.

Please remember to visit this page frequently for the latest information.

iReports for Gustav

September 8, 2008

Gustav on iReport

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

What are ARRL volunteers up to?

August 31, 2008

http://www.arrl.org/gustav/vol.html

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

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 Louisiana.gov website:

2008 Hurricane: 311 Information line for the City of New Orleans
Question
Information center during emergencies or disasters affecting the City of New Orleans
Answer
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.