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Katrina is expected to be the costliest natural disaster
in United States history and may well be the deadliest hurricane on record since
the Galveston hurricane in 1900.
Katrina was a powerful tropical cyclone which caused extensive and severe damage
in the southeastern United States and will likely become the worst natural disaster
to hit the United States with major global economic consequences caused by disruption
of oil supplies, exports, and imports. Disaster relief plans are in operation
in the affected communities. Some experts predict one million people could become
homeless as a result of the storm. Currently five million people are without power
in the Gulf Coast region, and it may be two months before all power is restored.
The aftermath of the storm compounded problems. In particular, the breaching
of some levees protecting New Orleans caused water to flow unabated into the city.
Katrina may be the deadliest hurricane in the United States of America since the
Hurricane. The Galveston hurricane of 1900 killed around 8,000
(possibly up to 12,000) people.
Katrina was a powerful tropical
cyclone which caused extensive and severe damage in the southeastern United States
and will likely become the worst natural disaster to hit the United States with
major global economic consequences caused by disruption of oil supplies, exports,
and imports. Disaster relief plans are in operation in the affected communities.
Some experts predict one million people could become homeless as a result of the
storm. Currently five million people are without power in the Gulf Coast region,
and it may be two months before all power is restored. Katrina is also expected
to be the costliest natural disaster in United States history.
of Hurricane Katrina are attempting to recover from the massive storm that is
still making its way across the Mid-Atlantic States. American Red Cross volunteers
have been deployed to the hardest hit areas of Katrina’s destruction, supplying
hundreds of thousands victims left homeless with critical necessities.
making a financial gift to Hurricane 2005 Relief, the Red Cross can provide shelter,
food, counseling and other assistance to those in need.
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What can you do to help?
Red Cross (800) HELP NOW (435-7669) English; (800) 257-7575 Spanish
Blessing (800) 436-6348
Second Harvest (800) 344-8070
Hurricane and Disaster Clean Up & Resources
Many insurance policies
will cover the cost of professional cleanup if you can not move a big mess yourself.
Check your policy. If you must do it yourself, take "before" and "after"
photos or videotapes. Pump or bail water out of the house as soon as safely
possible. Shovel mud out before it can dry. Open the windows to let
the house air out and give the walls and floors a chance to dry. Scrub floors
and walls with a stiff brush and mild soap and water.
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donate cash or volunteer your time
Community Services (800) 381-7171
Charities, USA (800) 919-9338
Disaster Response (941) 956-5183 or (941) 551-9554
Reformed World Relief Committee (800) 848-5818
World Service (800) 297-1516
of Hope (417) 823-8998
Disaster Response (800) 638-3522
Disaster Service (717) 859-2210
Response (888) 256-5886
Disaster Assistance (800) 872-3283
Army (800) SAL-ARMY (725-2769)
Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief (800) 462-8657, ext. 6133
Methodist Committee on Relief (800) 554-8583
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The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
rates a hurricane's intensity using wind speed and storm surge, which is the abnormal
rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm. The scale also
estimates the potential damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane
74-95 mph (119-153 km/h)
Storm surge: 4-5 feet above normal
Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees along with some
coastal road flooding and minor pier damage
Wind speed: 96-110 mph (154-177 km/h)
6-8 feet above normal
Damage: Roofing, door and window damage to buildings;
Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees, mobile homes, poorly constructed signs,
Wind speed: 111-130 mph (178-209 km/h)
Storm surge: 9-12 feet
Damage: Structural damage to small residences and utility
buildings; foliage blown off trees and large trees blown down; mobile homes destroyed
Wind speed: 131-155 mph
Storm surge: 13-18 feet above normal
Extensive damage to doors, windows and lower floors of shoreline houses; total
roof failures on small residences; shrubs, trees, and all signs blown down; mobile
homes completely destroyed
Wind speed: Greater than 155 mph (249 km/h)
Storm surge: generally
greater than 18 feet above normal
Damage: Complete roof failure on
many buildings and some complete building failures with small utility buildings
blown over or away; severe and extensive window and door damage; mobile homes
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Hurricane Preparation Tips
The following list includes the most important emergency supplies
when preparing for a hurricane.
*Portable AM Radio & Batteries *Oil Lamp & Lamp Oil *First Aid Kit
Hammer & assorted nails * Pliers * Candles & Matches *Masking Tape (2
rolls 2" tape ) * Flashlights (3) & Batteries * Tarpaulins
tanks for barbecue grill or camping stoves.
*Electrical tape (1 roll)
*Purchase Emergency Foods (Non-perishable)
* Bottled Drinking Water *Canned
Soups *Vegetables etc.
*Pastas, macaroni *Powdered Chocolate Drink Mix *Powdered
Other Non-Perishable Foods
Assemble Important Documents -
It is important that important documents be
removed from a home which is to be evacuated. They should be stored in a safe
place. A bank safe deposit box is used by many. Some folks will use a Sentry type
home safe which is fire and water resistant. Important records include: Homeowners,
automobile and boat insurance contracts; Life insurance policies; Wills, Trusts;
Property Deeds, Marriage Certificates, Military Discharge Certificates, Birth
Protect your windows. Permanent shutters are the
Availability - If winds are expected to reach category 3 or above, the Water Resources
Superintendent will make a determination if the water needs to be turned off.
Fill your bath tubs and buckets with water for flushing toilets in event water
supply or electricity is turned off.
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FEMA PRESS RELEASE
Sought To Help Hurricane Victims, Volunteers Should Not Self-Dispatch
Date: August 29, 2005
Release Number: HQ-05-177
D.C. -- Voluntary organizations are seeking cash donations to assist victims of
Hurricane Katrina in Gulf Coast states, according to Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary
of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response. But, volunteers
should not report directly to the affected areas unless directed by a voluntary
are especially helpful to victims,” Brown said. “They allow volunteer
agencies to issue cash vouchers to victims so they can meet their needs. Cash
donations also allow agencies to avoid the labor-intensive need to store, sort,
pack and distribute donated goods. Donated money prevents, too, the prohibitive
cost of air or sea transportation that donated goods require.”
Volunteer agencies provide a wide variety of services after disasters, such as
clean up, childcare, housing repair, crisis counseling, sheltering and food.
grateful for the outpouring of support already,” Brown said. “But
it’s important that volunteer response is coordinated by the professionals
who can direct volunteers with the appropriate skills to the hardest-hit areas
where they are needed most. Self-dispatched volunteers and especially sightseers
can put themselves and others in harm’s way and hamper rescue efforts.”
Here is a list of phone
numbers set up solely for cash donations and/or volunteers.
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English,
Cash to and Volunteer with:
Adventist Community Services
Catholic Charities, USA
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554
Reformed World Relief Committee
National and Community Service Disaster Relief Fund
Nazarene Disaster Response
Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440
Methodist Committee on Relief
further information: visit the website for the National Voluntary Organizations
Active in Disaster (NVOAD) at: http://www.nvoad.org/.
list of organizations is provided by the National Organization of Voluntary Agencies
Active in Disaster. Please email EST-DONAT-A@dhs.gov if you are interested
in having your organization added to the list.
check with your tax advisor or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for more information
regarding the tax deductibility of your donation.
The listing of or omission
of an institution or organization on this Web site does not refer to programmatic
capability nor does it confer any official status, approval, or endorsement of
the institution or organization itself. This listing does not purport to be a
listing of all organizations that are providing relief in the affected area. Additionally,
there may be organizations providing relief in the affected area that are not
accepting donations at this time. It is not the purpose of this Web site to make,
or enable to be made, any representation to the public concerning the organizations
listed. This listing is for informational purposes only. Any contributions you
choose to make from links on this Web site are at your sole discretion.
prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery
efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities,
trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages
the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became
part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.
Gulf of Mexico is a major body of water bordered and nearly landlocked by North
America. The gulf's eastern, northern, and northwestern shores lie within the
United States of America. The gulf is bordered on the southwestern and southern
shores with Mexico.
The total area of the Gulf of Mexico is approximately
615,000 square miles. Coastal cities along the Gulf of Mexico include Tampa, St.
Petersburg, Pensacola, Mobile, New Orleans, Beaumont, and Houston in the United
States,Veracruz and Mérida in Mexico, and Havana in Cuba.
Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
huge "dead zone" of water so devoid of oxygen that sea life cannot live in it
has spread across 5,800 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico this summer in what
has become an annual occurrence caused by pollution. The dead zone lacks oxygen
because of pollution in the form of excess nutrients that flows into the gulf
from the Mississippi River. Animals trying to live in this smothering layer of
water near the bottom of the sea must either leave or they will sufficate. To
learn more about the "dead zone" please visit the National
Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Assessment' s website.
Gulf Of Mexico Facts & Information
of Mexico Depth
At a depth of more than 12,000 feet, Sigsbee Deep is
the deepest part of the Golf of Mexico . It is more than 300 miles long and is
sometimes called the Grand Canyon under the sea. Its closest point
to the Texas coast is 200 miles southeast of Brownsville.
of Mexico Size
The total area of the Gulf of Mexico is about 600,000
of Mexico Width
The shortest distance across the Gulf of Mexico is about
500 miles between the Mississippi Delta and the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula.
The greatest distance across the Gulf of Mexico is approximately 1,000 miles going
east to west.
of Mexico Ports
The Gulf of Mexico links the ports of five southern U.S
states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas) and six Mexican states
(Tamaulipas, Vera Cruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo) with
the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
of Mexico Shoreline
The United States and Mexico form the Gulf of Mexico's
mainland shore, which extends more than 4,000 miles from the Florida Keys to Cabo
Catoche, at the northwestern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.
of Mexico Sanctuaries
The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
contains the northernmost tropical coral reefs in the U.S.
Wildlife Refuge in Texas is the wintering ground of most of the world's whooping
cranes in the wild.
Padre Island National Seashore in Texas is the nation's
longest stretch of undeveloped beach.
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