Hurricane Katrina

Monday August 29 2005

David on roof cutting tree

C130 Refueling Blackhawk overhead................................ Apartments behind the Galleria building in Metairie

Wiring in Emergency Microwave link to Landmark Hotel............Ben & Gerard wire up Emergency Cell site

Gerard & Ben finished building the Emergency Cellsite.........Guys aiming Antenna at Landmark Hotel

John Travolta & his wife Kelly Preston stopped by Command center.................JPSO staff, David & Supervisor Louie

Lou stayed in Switch for the Hurricane and kept it running.......................Macie & Neecie

Across from the Switch was the Helicopter Evacuation point for New Orleans................Guys rigging Antenna on Generator fence

Denny from Nashville helping out..............................Denny looking out Galleria broken windows

Costel (NJ) , Gus (Houston) & BJ (NJ) helping out .........................Erick (Atlanta) outside Switch

The Galleria Building where I work

David Juan (Atlanta) Heath (Louisville) Rodrigo Eric (Jacksonville) ....................................................Eric

Eric hanging out at the Galleria

My Boss Louie, he rode out the storm at the switch..... Mapping our Recovery strategy & Microwave Hops

Rod installing one of many Microwave Antennas ........Sleeping arrangements at the switch

Tarp City

Heath going back to Louisville with new Mardi Gras beads of course.......... COT Failure - It's a switch thing

Military Copter delivering water.........I-10 Under water

This is only two blocks from where I work at Causeway and I-10

Water starting rising later in the afternoon after Katrina was done with wind and water above

Marina Fire is in the background ............... Neighborhoods under water

Water came up some during the storm but only about 3 feet, after the storm it came up 20 feet.

Severn Ave underwater - Outback Steakhouse with green roof tore out the floor and opened 1 week after the storm

West Esplanade Ave underwater - Lakeside Hotel in backgound

Sign says Day 21 Over 41,000 served without help from FEMA

Mr Dragos opened his Restaurant 4 days after the storm and served free Meals to all who came everyday.

He is one of many Heros during this disaster

Airline Highway & Causeway (Cingular Switch behind building, only way by boat) ...............South Claiborne Ave & I-10

Copters on I-10 .....................New Orleans Underwater

Superdome and surrounding areas under water

Sheriff Harry Lee and Travoltas at the Command Center..... Louis & Missy making packages for the Officers

Helicopters Evacuating New Orleans from Galleria

Helicopters Evacuating New Orleans from Galleria -2


Donation/assistance links: / /

Operation Blessing (800) 436-6348

America's Second Harvest (800) 344-8070

Adventist Community Services (800) 381-7171

Catholic Charities, USA (703) 549-1390

Christian Disaster Response (941) 956-5183 or (941) 551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (800) 848-5818

Church World Service (800) 297-1516

Convoy of Hope (417) 823-8998

Lutheran Disaster Response (800) 638-3522

Mennonite Disaster Service (717) 859-2210

Nazarene Disaster Response (888) 256-5886

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (800) 872-3283

Salvation Army (800) SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief (800) 462-8657, ext. 6133

United Methodist Committee on Relief (800) 554-8583



Following is a list of other Web sites offering disaster relief information:

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Phone: 1-800-621-FEMA

Louisiana Homeland Security

City of New Orleans

Louisiana Governor's Office

Catholic Charities
Phone: 1-800-919-9338

FEMA Charity tips

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Ande Miller, Executive Director
Phone: 703-339-5596

State Emergency Organizations:

FEMA State Emergency Contact —

Alabama Department of Public Safety
Phone: (334) 242-4445

Alabama Emergency Management Agency
5898 County Road 41
P.O. Drawer 2160
Clanton, Alabama 35046-2160
Phone: 205-280-2200
Fax: 205-280-2495

Florida Division of Emergency Management
2555 Shumard Oak Blvd.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100
Phone: 850-413-9900

Florida Emergency Preparedness Association
Phone: 850-906-0779
Fax: 850-893-1845

Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Phone: 225-925-7500
Fax: 225-925-7501

Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness
7667 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
Phone: (225) 925-7500
Fax: (225) 925-7501

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
P.O. Box 4501 - Fondren Station
Jackson, Mississippi 39296-4501
Phone: (601) 352-9100
Toll Free Phone: (800) 442-6362
Fax: (601) 352-8314

Georgia Emergency Management Agency
P.O. Box 18055
Atlanta, Georgia 30316-0055
Phone: (404) 635-7000
Fax: (404) 635-7205

Streaming video links:

All information is subject to change. Many stations are relying on their corporate parents to configure and maintain Internet streaming. Because of the intense interest in the feeds, they may be unavailable at times because of network congestion or a problem feeding the video to the streaming servers.

WWL-TV New Orleans - WWL-TV is being re-evacuated as of 10:00am EDT as new levee breaks are resulting in additional flooding in the French Quarter. Broadcasts will resume via LSU in Baton Rouge. WWL-TV has resumed streaming via KHOU-TV Houston.

WDSU-TV New Orleans - This station evacuated from its New Orleans facilities and relocated to WAPT-TV, the ABC affiliate in Jackson, MS. In an unusual arrangement, the two stations have teamed up to provide joint coverage. WDSU definitely has the stronger news team, and the Jackson station's own local coverage has benefited from this.

WKRG-TV Mobile, AL - This station is providing good coverage of the situation to the east in Mississippi and Alabama.

WTOK-TV Meridian, MS - This station is streaming news about Katrina for residents in eastern Mississippi and western Alabama.

WJTV-TV Jackson, MS - The CBS affiliate in Jackson is providing live coverage for both the Jackson area and south Mississippi (knowing a lot of media in that area is off the air).

ABC-TV Network Special Feeds - ABC News maintains a free special video feed service that relays local ABC affiliates, important news updates, and a scrolling headline service. The service was airing WBRZ-TV Baton Rouge earlier, but is currently running scrolling headlines.

CNN National Feed - HurricaneCity is providing a low speed video stream of CNN's national feed with reports from across the area. The provider might interrupt the feed from time to time for their own reports.

Gulf Coast Storm Network (Clear Channel Radio) - Clear Channel offers radio listeners across the gulf coast access to a simulcast emergency radio service. WPMI-TV anchors may show up here since they cannot broadcast via TV.

Sirius Satellite Radio: For those with Sirius, Channel 184 is running 24/7 emergency radio reports for those affected by the hurricane, including traffic information. A free streaming trial is available if you want to listen via the website.

WWL-AM 870 New Orleans: Although they do not stream, residents across the south should be able to receive WWL on a decent AM radio. They have resumed 50,000 watts of power after dealing with damage from Katrina and are once again putting a decent signal across the south.

Streaming Media Links

WWL-TV: (Direct WMP link)

WDSU Primary:

WDSU Secondary (a digital subchannel - currently streaming a blue screen but may reactivate):

WKRG-TV: mms://

WTOK-TV (follow the link on the home page):

WJTV-TV: mms://

ABC-TV Network Special Feeds:

CNN National Feed:

Gulf Coast Storm Network (radio):

These stations are off the air:

WPMI-TV Mobile, AL - This station suffered extremely heavy damage from Katrina, was broadcasting on generator power, and then a lightning strike destroyed their primary transmitter. The station is off the air.

Forums for local information:

Satellite Imagery of the Gulf Coast Devastation