Disaster Recovery & Emergency Preparedness

Forbes: 10 Years Later, Did We Learn Anything from Katrina?

It is hard to believe that 10 years ago this week, the tropical depression that would become Hurricane Katrina formed. According to NOAA, Katrina killed over 1200 people, resulted in $108 billion in property damage, and happened within a year in which we literally ran out of storm names. When you compare $108 billion to Read More >

The Advocate: Report: More Protective Measures Recommended to Protect New Orleans from Strong Storms

Marsh and oyster reef restoration near the now-closed Mississippi River Gulf Outlet along with improved methods of removing storm water from inside the New Orleans levee system could enhance storm-protection work already done since Hurricane Katrina, according to a new report released Tuesday. “We’re seeing progress on a lot of fronts,” said David Muth, director Read More >

imes-Picayune: Katrina storm season sparked major improvements in hurricane forecasting, NOAA officials say

NOAA’s National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service have improved their track forecasts since Hurricane Katrina. This example shows how Katrina’s forecast error bubble would have shrunk, right, compared to the 2005 forecast. (NOAA) The 2005 hurricane season, featuring Hurricanes Katrina and Rita among a record 28 total storms that killed more than 4,000 and caused Read More >

Fox 8 New Orleans: Life Beyond Katrina: Rescue swimmer shares his story

FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) – First responders saved thousands of lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Now, nearly 10 years after the storm, one of the first Coast Guard rescue swimmers on scene shares his story. “It triggers a lot of emotion, a lot of Read More >

WWLTV: Coast Guard heroes remember rescues after Katrina

NEW ORLEANS — Walking through the Hurricane Katrina exhibit at The Presbytère brought back the memories of saving lives in the flood for Coast Guard rescue swimmer Jonathan Rice. “We were flying for five days and nights straight, and my final total was like 228 people rescued.” But one brought tears to this strong man’s Read More >

GOHSEP head: Louisiana much more prepared for a hurricane 10 years after Katrina

Louisiana’s coast is still recovering from the havoc that Hurricane Katrina wreaked, but the state is far more prepared for a hurricane than it was a decade ago when the storm made landfall, the state’s emergency preparedness chief said this afternoon. The seemingly obvious statement from Kevin Davis, director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Read More >

The Times-Picayune: Exhibit marks Hurricane Katrina London Avenue Canal failures

 The London Avenue Canal open-air levee exhibition and garden (Photo by Doug MacCash / NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) An outdoor exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of the flooding caused by failures of the London Avenue Canal opened Saturday morning (July 11) near 5000 Warrington Drive in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans. Sandy Rosenthal, founder Read More >

WWL: National Weather Service declares New Orleans ‘storm ready’

The National Weather Service recognizes New Orleans as a “storm ready” city, the city’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness announed Tuesday. According to city officials, the city earned the recognition after a year-long qualifying process “during which NOHSEP demonstrated its solid communication system and comprehensive, multi-hazard emergency operations plan.” New Orleans will receive Read More >

The Advocate: Winning federal aid after Katrina was no easy task

New Orleans could not rebuild on its own. It could not afford to, not with 100,000 homes and thousands of other structures underwater after Hurricane Katrina. The rest of the country would have to help out with many, many federal dollars. But getting hold of them would not be easy. Ten years after Katrina, New Read More >

WGNO: Free Disaster Prep Kits

The Free Disaster Prep Kits provided by the AllState Foundation/Points of Light will be given away at Jazz in the Park at Armstrong Park on Thursday, June 11, 2015 between 4pm and 8pm. The Prep Kits will include a flashlight, first aid kit, cleaning supplies and other items proven to keep people safe and prepared. Read More >