I'm looking for an objective history of the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina (preferably in book form, but I'll take on-line sources where appropriate) if such a thing exists. Everything I've been able to find so far is pushing an agenda and I would like to find a source of real information that strips away all of the political baggage. [more inside]
There's a quote from Criminal Minds that has stuck in my head: Gideon: After Hurricane Katrina I read some essays by religious scholars. One writer said God was punishing America for its immorality; New Orleans was a wicked city, like Sodom and Gomorrah. Another one, a priest from New Orleans, he thought the hurricane was proof of God's love. Those levees didn't break until after the storm was over; if they'd broken sooner, thousands would have died. Sooo...is there any truth to that quotation? [more inside]
Looking for a painting created in the aftermath of Katrina. In it: two African American men with their backs to the viewer, walking along an empty highway, with the Interstate signs for Vieux Carre ahead of them. It was part of a fundraising competition. Does anyone remember this?
I'm trying to find a specific story about the aftermath of the Katrina storm in New Orleans... [more inside]
I'm going to New Orleans for 4 days this spring and I am fascinated by Hurricane Katrina. What should I read before I go and what should I do while in New Orleans? [more inside]
Help me, hive mind. I vaguely recall an image (in Time Magazine, perhaps) of a man wading in waist-deep water holding a sign that said "Leadership please." I think it was from the Hurricane Katrina disaster but I'm not entirely sure. Have looked and looked online to no avail. Can anyone help?
At a conference, I heard a knowledgeable person say that "Katrina forever changed the way that the Federal government and the states interact with each other". I had not heard such a thought before. What did he mean, and is it true?
Post-Katrina Recovery: I recently caught corners of Lakeview and New Orleans East. While Lakeview seemed more affluent and maybe older and more established, it didn't seem like it would have great advantages over NOE that would account for the relative degree to which it appeared that Lakeview was recovered compared to NOE. Is NOE really behind the curve in recovery and if so, why? [more inside]
Gas has been getting more and more expensive, yet cars have not been getting more fuel efficient. Why not? [more inside]
My immediate family is considering making our holidays vacation a trip to New Orleans to do volunteer work, excavating houses, etc. Problem #1: We have no idea where to start. [more inside]
I am in need of current and historical facts and numbers regarding Hurricane Katrina. For example, how many people are still living in FEMA trailers? How many people have left New Orleans for good? Also, historical numbers, how many homes were destroyed? How many people were left homeless? etc. Thanks
About a year ago, someone was selling a t-shirt with a red background and a white state of Louisiana with "SOS" carved out of it. Who was selling it and are they still available? EBay returns nothing and Google searches mostly bring references to the Secretary of State.
Research: Where should I look for stories or journalism about the type of thing that happened in the Superdome during Katrina, specifically where people believed (and reported to the press) that they had seen horrific acts that later were determined never to have taken place? I'm not even sure what the correct term would be (mass hysteria?) but I'm interested in the unreliability of primary sources in journalism, especially as it relates to Katrina.
What are the current challenges in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? [more inside]
What do non-New Orleanians think about the city and the damage? Is it worth rebuilding? Are you really sick of hearing about it? What do people say about it? [more inside]
How does international aid to the US work when we've never received international aid before? [more inside]
Volunteering and photography in Biloxi/New Orleans - tips and advice? [more inside]
NameMyCatFilter: So we are fostering a kitten that was rescued from a house in Mississippi destroyed by Katrina -- a situation that will likely become permanent, and now we are thinking about a name for the little guy. Constraints inside. [more inside]
How can I find out if and/or where a given press photo was printed? [more inside]
So, on Tuesday, the Red Cross is deploying me to the gulf coast for three weeks to assist in their ongoing hurricane relief efforts there. What should I bring with me? [more inside]
I've just been asked to deploy to New Orleans as a Red Cross volunteer (mi). [more inside]
How can we promote our $1 million online charity fundraising effort? [more inside]
What was the Katrina damage 50 miles inland? [more inside]
I'm a New Orleans resident who's going home the second they let me. I want more than anything to be as helpful as possible in rebuilding the city. What is the city going to need? [more inside]
The Red Cross requires a three-week hitch, getting me back two days too late for my calendar. FEMA doesn't want help. I'm told that there are organizations across the country who are looking for volunteers to help with all manner of aid for Katrina victims. I just need a floor to sleep on and three squares, and I'll work 18 hours days feeding dogs or helping people fill out paperwork or cook food or whatever. Can anybody point me to some such organizations?
Where can I find reputable information on adopting children orphaned by Hurricane Katrina? [more inside]
Bon Temps: Requesting your suggestions for a Louisiana-themed benefit party. [more inside]
Did the Gov. of Louisiana ask President Bush to federalize the National Guard or not? [more inside]
I'd like to donate to the Katrina relief effort. I don't have a credit card, but am set up with Paypal. Paypal seems to want me to donate to the United Way. [more inside]
Why did the world wide price of oil go up after the hurricane? [more inside]
Why would FEMA cut the emergency communication lines in Jefferson Parish? [more inside]
I was watching footage on CNN concerning the Katrina hurricane relief in the Houston Superdome and believe I noticed some volunteers with yellow sweatshirts with "Scientologist Volunteer Councillors". I only saw it briefly and was unable to confirm what I saw later. Are the Scientologists really in Houston helping the refugees?
Heartless Bastard filter: Who stands to make beaucoup cash money from the New Orleans disaster? [more inside]
Are there any matching-gift channels to make a Red Cross donation for persons who do not have employer-match? This is obviously a propos to Katrina, but I am also interested to learn if there may be permanent programs of this sort.
I work on Gulf of Mexico oil rigs and I got a call from my boss this morning saying my usual rig is up and running and they want me back tomorrow. I am supposed to get to Houma, LA to catch the chopper. [more inside]
I have 8 boxes of clothes that I'd like to donate to Hurricane Katrina evacueees. What's the best way to do so? [more inside]
Amid the original concerns about a Cat 3 or higher hurricane hitting New Orleans was the above-ground cemetery circumstances in the city. I'm not sure this thread could be any more ghoulish than what the status quo is but, has anyone heard anything about the status of the cemeteries in New Orleans?
New Orleans is a port. Why not evacuate it by boat?
Would a consumer-grade water filter (e.g. a Brita pitcher) be sufficient to make the floodwater in New Orleans safe to drink?
Riverboat gambling and Katrina? [more inside]
We have extra room in our house and like many others, we're thinking about taking in Katrina refugees. [more inside]
Is there a blog collecting updates about the Katrina Disaster? Where are you getting your info? Not just news agency stories and pics, but first hand accounts. [more inside]
I'm interested in creating a simple Wiki for family members affected by Hurricane Katrina. [more inside]
KatrinaFilter: I don't understand most kinds of violence, but seldom am I as baffled as in this case: why would one fire at a medical convoy performing rescue work, as has reportedly happened in New Orleans? [more inside]
How many gallons of oil are in a barrel? Really, what I want to know: How many gallons of gasoline can be distilled from that barrel of oil? [more inside]
As much as I would like to help by donating to the victims of Katrina, I want to know that my donated money is really going to go help them. What are some trustworthy organizations to donate to?
I know the the mayor of New Orleans (Ray Nagin) has issued a mandatory evacuation order for NO. Has he left the city too?
How do I volunteer for hurricane cleanup? [more inside]