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Hurricane Katrina Information Guide

Date: 11/2/2005

Middletown Thrall Library Special Coverage:
Hurricane Katrina Information Guide
This guide provides links to other websites on the Internet about Hurricane Katrina.

If you need help finding more information, please call the Reference Department at (845)341-5461 or submit a question through our online reference service (answers arrive Mon-Fri during library hours). If you know of other online resources that may be of use here, please submit them here. You may also report broken or relocated links here.

Please scroll down this page or select your area of interest:

General Information about Katrina
Charities and Relief Agencies
Disaster Declarations
Emergency Agencies and Organizations
Health Related
Housing and Emergency Shelter

Missing Persons
State Websites
Statistics, Hurricane Studies, Post-Storm Comentaries
For Students Affected or Displaced by the Storm
Government Information
General information about Hurricanes


Hurricane Katrina: News and Information Sites
General Information about Katrina

Encyclopedic entry - In-depth article about the storm with links to related resources from Wikipedia
Fact Sheet: Federal Relief for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina - from the U.S. White House
Highway Information for Areas Affected By Hurricane Katrina - from the U.S. Department of Transportation
Katrina Resource Guide - from Firstgov.gov. Categories include: Finding Loved Ones, What To Do If You Are A Victim, How To Help Victims, and Disaster Cleanup and Agency Resources
Katrina en Español - "Huracán Katrina: Recuperación" - información de Firstgov.gov
Librarian's Index to the Internet - Information in the following categories: Aid and Charities, Environmental Factors, Flood Cleanup, Flood Control and Levee Management, Health and Sanitation, Hurricane Preparedness, Hurricanes, Insurance Claims, Libraries, Impact On, Maps and Images, Missing Person Locators, News Coverage
Katrina Help Wiki
NOLA.com: Everything New Orleans - News, images, webcams, and more.
Open Directory Project: Hurricane Katrina - Links to related websites from Dmoz.org
Q&A: Hurricane Katrina - from St. Petersburg Times
ResourceShelf - Links to relevant websites, maintained by Gary Price. Includes audio and video links.
The Science of Hurricane Katrina - from Science Buzz

Blogs - Web logs by various people covering the situation in their own words and photographs

About Last Night - Scroll down page for list of blogs on Hurricane Katrina as well as its effects on art communities, from ArtsJournal.com
Blog links for Katrina survivors and families - Links to various blogs, from MSNBC.com
Citizen's Journal: Hurricane Katrina - hosted at MSNBC
Eye of the Storm - Images and first person accounts of storm damage from Katrina
Katrina Aftermath - Described as "a public gallery of thoughts, images, and sounds in response to Hurricane Katrina"
Katrina Web Log - from National Public Radio (NPR)
Kaye's Hurricane Katrina Blog
Katrina Information Board - A public forum maintained by the Weather Channel
Library Community Relief Links -
Metroblogging New Orleans
Miles O'Brien of CNN
NOPL Contact List - New Orleans Public Library e-mail addresses listed by individuals interested in re-establishing contact between NOPL employees
Stories from the Storm
Storm Stories: Blogging Hurricane Katrina - A list of links to Hurricane Katrina blogs from AOL users
Technorati.com - Links to numerous blogs about the storm
Yahoo! Blogs List

Disaster Declarations from the U.S. President

President Outlines Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts - News (August 31, 2005) from the U.S. White House

Health Related

Crisis to Recovery - Public health impact of the storm, continuous coverage from WebMD Health
Food Safety Information for Hurricane Katrina Aftermath - from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Health Care Providers in Affected Area - from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Issues - from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Health Risk From Katrina May Last for Weeks - from Healthfinder.gov
Hurricane Katrina Aftermath: Keeping Food Safe During Flooding and Power Outages - from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Hurricanes: Health & Safety - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). See also: en español
Links to Health Information - including toxicology and environmental health, from the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Managing Traumatic Stress: After Hurricane Katrina - from the American Psychological Association (APA)
NLM Provides Access to Environmental Health Information Following Hurricane Katrina - from the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Public Health Concerns - from John Hopkins University
Public Service Announcements - from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
For more health information see our Health web guide

Housing, Emergency Shelter

Craigslist: Help for Katrina Survivors
Hurricane Assistance Links - from the State Library of Louisiana
Shelters and Hotlines List for Pets - from Petfinder.com
See also this list of housing information and related sites from Librarian's Index to the Internet


Before and After - Images taken from space provided by GlobalSecurity.org.
Flickr - Photographs of the storm and related damage from various persons
Google Earth: Hurricane Katrina Imagery - Satellite photos of storm damaged regions. Other features and maps may require the Google Earth software
Hurricane Katrina Arrives - from NASA's Earth Observatory
Hurricane Katrina - Before and After In New Orleans - Images of the storm's impact from the U.S. Geological Survey
Hurricane Katrina: The Storm in Pictures - from the Fox news network
Hurricane Photos - from NOLA.com
NOAA Conducts Aerial Survey of Regions Ravaged

Missing Persons

Family Links Registry: Locate your relatives - Family News Network of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Also: Français - Rechercher un parent, Español - Búsqueda de familiares
Help Identify People Missing as a Result of Hurricane Katrina - from the U.S. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
KatrinaSafe.com - American Red Cross website that helps people find each other in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
National Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) International Emergency Contact System - Described as follows: " NOKR is designed as an emergency contact system to help if you or your family member is missing, injured or deceased. NOKR is a free service to the public as well as the Local and State agencies using the search service."
Red Cross - Contact information
Safe List of Family Members - Described as "names of those who wish to let loved ones know they are alright after the storm," from CNN
See also this list of missing persons and related sites from Librarian's Index to the Internet


Affected Libraries - from the American Library Association
BBC Coverage - from the British Broadcasting Corporation
C-SPAN Coverage
CNN Coverage
Federal Depository Libraries: Hurricane Katrina Aftermath - from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)
Google News - stories collected by Google News (note: some third party news sites may require registration or subscription for access)
Louisiana Restoration Progress - from Entergy, an energy provider
MSNBC News Search for "Hurricane Katrina"
National Mail Service Updates - Weather Related Service Updates - Where mail can or cannot be picked up, from the U.S. Postal Service
National Public Radio (NPR)
New Orleans News - Updates and images from Nola.com
Yahoo! News Coverage
For more news see our News and Weather web guide

Charities and Relief Agencies

American Red Cross
Bush - Clinton Katrina Fund
"Cash Sought to Help Hurricane Victims, Volunteers should not Self-Dispatch" - News item and charity list from FEMA. (en español)
Catholic Charities USA
Cómo prestar ayuda a las víctimas del huracán Katrina - información de www.USAFreedomCorps.gov
Frequently Asked Questions about Hurricane Katrina Assistance - from ConsumerAction.gov
Habitat for Humanity
Humane Society of the United States
Mercy Corps
National Food Bank (Second Harvest)
Network for Good - Charity/volunteer portal, founded by Time Warner/AOL, Cisco Systems, and Yahoo! Inc.
North Shore Animal League America
Salvation Army
Texas Library Association - Described as follows: "The Texas Library Association's Disaster Relief Fund has been expanded to collect donations for libraries in the Gulf Coast area as well as for libraries providing support for the evacuees."
United Way
USA Freedom Corps: Hurricane Katrina Relief - from www.usafreedomcorps.gov

State Websites - Official State Websites with News and Other Information

See also: Emergency Agencies and Organizations in this guide.
For other official state websites see this list from FirstGov.gov

Statistics, Hurricane Studies, Post-Storm Comentaries

Advisory Archive - Record of Katrina warnings issued from the National Hurricane Center Tropical Prediction Center
Climate Change and Hurricane Katrina - from SourceWatch, the Center for Media & Democracy
Economists Assess Hurricane Katrina's Economic Impact - from the U.S. Department of State
Hurrican Katrina Backgrounder - from Scientific American
Hurricane Katrina's Impact on Oil Markets - from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
Hurricane Katrina Impact Studies - from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Hurricane Visualizations - Compiled by Jen Millner at Montana State University and John McDaris at Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
Is Global Warming Making Hurricanes Worse? - From National Geographic
Katrina 2005 Wind Analyses - from the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
Katrina Conceit: Global warming and Mother Nature - from National Review Online
Katrina Debate - Links to various viewpoints on the storm, its aftermath, and responses that followed
Katrina's Lesson in Readiness - from The Brookings Institution
"Katrina Seems to Not Have Caused Worst Case Scenarios" - report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) (in PDF format; requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader)
"Katrina Should Be a Lesson to US on Global Warming - from Spiegel Online
Scientists Debate Whether Hurricane Katrina Was Aggravated by Global Warming - article with links, from WikiNews/Wikimedia
Unnatural Disaster: The Lessons of Katrina - from the Worldwatch Institute
Washing Away - a five-part series first published June 23 to 27, 2002, from NOLA.com
Why Weather Is Getting Deadlier and Costlier - Katrina's Aftermath: The High Cost Of Climate Change - from Fortune

For Students Affected or Displaced by the Storm

General Information for Students
After Hurricane Katrina: Finding a School - from About.com
FAFSA Deadlines - Extensions for federal student financial aid deadlines information for affected students
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for F/M Nonimmigrant Students Impacted by Hurricane Katrina
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for DHS Certified Schools Impacted by Hurricane Katrina
Federal Student Aid - Hurricane Katrina Information - from the Information for Financial Aid Professional (IFAP) Library, U.S. Department of Education
Federal Student Aid Programs - Hurricane Katrina - Transfers, Deadline Extensions, and Other Guidance - from the Information for Financial Aid Professional (IFAP) Library, U.S. Department of Education
Katrina Aftermath: College Resource Center - "A Compilation of Initiatives Undertaken by America's Private Colleges and Universities to Aid the Victims of Hurricane Katrina," from National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) - Hurricane Katrina Resource Page
SEVIS - Student and Exchange Visitor Information System - Contact information from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Colleges & Universities
- Press Releases / Contact Info. / Outreach Pages
- Click (*) below for the main web site/other updates.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Multiple listings. (*)
Baylor University (*)
Binghamton (*)
Brandeis University (*)
California State Universit (*)
City Colleges of Chicago (*)
Columbia University (*)
Cornell University (*)
Colorado University (*)
Dartmouth College (*)
Drew University (*)
Duke University (*)
Emory University (*)
George Washington University (*)
Georgia State University (*)
Harvard University (*)
Howard University (*)
Indiana State University (*)
John Hopkins University (*)
Louisiana State University - See also: Louisiana State University at Eunice (*), University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana Tech University
Loyola College in Maryland (*)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (*)
McNeese State University (*)
Memphis University (*)
Mississippi State University - See also MSU's disaster response page for more information. (*)
New York University: Student Resource Center (*)
Northwestern State University (*)
Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) (*)
Princeton University (*)
Purdue University (*)
Rice University (*)
Rutgers University (*)
Schreiner University
Southern Methodist University (*)
St. John's University (*)
Stanford University (*)
Temple University (*)
Texas A&M University (*)
Trinity University in Washington, D.C. (*)
Tulane University (*)
University at Albany (*)
University at Arkansas (*)
University at Buffalo (*)
University of California, Berkeley (*)
University of Florida (*)
University of Houston (*)
University of Maryland (*)
University of Michigan (*)
University of New Orleans (*)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (*)
University of North Texas (*)
University of Pennsylvania (*)
University of Pittsburgh (*)
University of Tennessee (*)
University of Texas at San Antonio (*)
University of West Florida (*)
University of Wisconsin-Madison (*)
Wheaton College (*)
Vanderbilt University (*)
Xavier University (*)

Please note: This is not a complete list. See also this ".edu" Google search to locate more college/university websites pertaining to the storm and students, or click here for general access to all major college and university websites, which you can then browse and determine by visiting a site if any particular educational institution is participating in student relief efforts.

Emergency Agencies and Organizations
Alabama Emergency Management Agency
Coast Guard: Hurricane Katrina Incident Management Site - News and information from the U.S. Coast Guard. Includes form to report missing/stranded people, and images.
Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA information for Louisiana. See also for Florida, for Mississippi and for Alabama
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Key State Government Agencies in the Region - from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality - Environmental news and reports for areas in Louisiana affected by the hurricane. (Reports are in PDF format and require free Adobe Acrobat Reader to be viewed)
Louisiana Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness - News, statistics, emergency, contact information
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
National Association for Amateur Radio - Information for amateur radio operators involved or wishing to become involved in emergency relief efforts
National Guard - Emergency contact information, from the U.S. National Guard
Relief Information for Military Members/Families - from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
See also: State Websites in this guide.

Government Information
Disasters - Preparation, Response, Recovery
Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness - from FEMA
"CPSC Warns of Deadly Post-Storm Dangers with Portable Generators, Candles and Wet Appliances" - "Surviving the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina" alert from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Disaster Recovery Information - from the U.S. Small Business Association. See also SBA Disaster Assistance News Releases for reports on assistance (in PDF format; requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader)
DisasterHelp.gov - Includes power outage resources and general Katrina information and links
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - The Disaster Assistance Process for Individuals
Keeping Workers Safe During Clean Up and Recovery Operations Following Hurricanes - from the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

Gas Prices, Oil
Frequently Asked Questions about Gas Prices - from www.FuelEconomy.gov
Gas Price Watch Hotline - from the U.S. Department of Energy, which writes, "If you believe you have witnessed price gouging, contact your local authorities and report it to our gas price hotline."
Links to Gasoline Price Data for US Cities - from www.FuelEconomy.gov
Oil Crunch 2005 - Report from Cable News Network (CNN)
Oil Market Basics: A Primer on Oil Markets Combined with Hotlinks to Oil Price and Volume Data Available on the Internet - from the Office of Oil and Gas, Energy Information Administration
Primer on Gas Prices - from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Department of Energy
Statement by New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer Regarding The Price Of Gasoline
United States Retail Gasoline Prices - from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Department of Energy
See also these related sites from Librarian's Index to the Internet

Hurricane Katrina - Agency Specific Pages and Announcements
Acts of Kindness, Heroism Reported in Wake of Hurricane: Internet Web Logs, News Media Chronicle Individual Experiences - the U.S. Department of State
Contracting Information - from FedBizOpps.gov
Congress Passes $10.5 Billion Aid Package for Hurricane Victims - from the U.S. Department of State
Contact Information for USPTO Customers Affected by Hurricane Katrina - from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Federal Pension Insurance Agency Pledges Swift Replacement of Lost Checks to Katrina Victims - from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) at www.pbgc.gov
Hurricane Katrina Information and Relief Efforts - from HouseDemocrats.gov
HUD's Response to Hurricane Katrina - from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Hurricane Katrina Emergency Information - from Federal Communications Commission (FCC), provide "crucial emergency information for consumers, communications industries, and state and local governments in the areas affected by the hurricane."
Hurricane Katrina Flight Restrictions - from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Hurricane Katrina Response - from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Hurricane Relief - from the United States White House (whitehouse.gov)
Information for Consumers and Bankers in the Affected Areas - from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Information on Charitable Giving, Tax-Relief Issues - Includes Disaster Relief Page, Advice Before You Donate, Tax Relief, Special Telephone Number for Victims, and Information for IRS Employees Living in Affected Areas - from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Katrina.lousiana.gov - Described as "State Of Louisiana's official website for dissemination of information concerning hurricane Katrina."
Questions & Answers for Veterans and Families - from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Personnel Management - Described as follows: "to keep the federal work force informed, and in light of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, the following links are provided to ensure easy access to information on HR benefits and flexibilities; FEMA charity tips; and contacting your local Federal Executive Board" by the U.S. OPM.
Relief and Support for Victims of Hurricane Katrina - from the U.S. Department of Education
SEC Announces Assistance to Katrina Victims - Information on "emergency regulatory relief to investors, companies and securities firms" from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Social Security Administration (SSA) - "Information for People Affected by Hurricane Katrina." Includes lists of closed and temporary offices in all affected areas as well as contact information.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Images and statements of current activities, contact information.
United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT): - Computer security alerts, including the article "Hurricane Katrina Spawns Phishing Sites"
United States Fire Administration: Request to Mobilize Fire Service Members
United States Government Response to the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - from the Department of Homeland Security. See also this page: Hurricane Katrina: What the Government Is Doing.
"Victims of Hurricane Katrina Can Find Help at GovBenefits.gov" - Includes information in the following areas: Disaster and Housing Program, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, Physical Disaster Loans, Farm Emergency Loans.
World Community Offers Support to Victims of Hurricane Katrina: "Pledges of Aid Flood in From Governments, Organizations around the World" - Includes lists of donations from different countries. From the U.S. Department of State.
See also: State Websites in this guide.

Información en español
Asistencia a víctimas en Alabama - (Victims Assistance in Alabama, in Spanish)
Asistencia a víctimas en Florida - (Victims Assistance in Florida, in Spanish)
Asistencia a víctimas en Luisiana - (Victims Assistance in Louisiana, in Spanish)
Asistencia a víctimas en Misisipi - (Victims Assistance in Mississippi, in Spanish)
Victimas del huracan Katrina pueden recibir ayuda en GovBenefits.gov - Información : Programa de Vivienda para Desastre, Asistencia de Desempleo para Desastres, Programa de Asistencia para Desastres en Cultivos No-asegurados, Préstamos para Desastres Físicos, Préstamos de Emergencia para Granjas.

Senators Collins and Lieberman Launch Oversight Investigation of Hurricane Relief Efforts, Emergency Preparedness to Learn Lessons for Future Disasters - from www.senate.gov
Lieberman Statement on HSGAC Katrina Investigation - from lieberman.senate.gov

See also our GovSites guide for all other U.S. Government Agencies and information.

About Hurricanes in General
2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season - from Wikipedia
FEMA for Kids: Hurricanes - Includes: The History Of Hurricanes, Why Can't We Stop Hurricanes?, Hurricane IQ Quiz, and more
How Hurricanes Work - from HowStuffWorks.com
Hurricane Basics - from USA Today
Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Tropical Cyclones: Frequently Asked Questions - from the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
Hurricanes: What You Should Know - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Learn about Hurricanes - from the National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center
National Hurricane Center, Tropical Prediction Center - Current and past storms, news and statistics
NOVA scienceNow: Hurricanes - from PBS
Past Hurricanes - Historical and statistical information from the National Weather Service
Storm Names - from the National Weather Service