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Welcome to the Tennessee EDEN web site

The purpose of this web site is to provide access to disaster information relevant to Tennessee.  This includes preparation, recovery, safety, getting assistance and providing assistance.

Hurricane Katrina:
     The most costly natural disaster in the history of our nation, Hurricane Katrina continues to wreak havoc.  The flooding and extreme devastation to the infrastructure, structures, and people's lives will impact the entire nation as we strive to care for the needs of the victims and rebuild the communities.
     Refugees from the devastated areas are being sheltered in many areas, including Tennessee.  Therefore, even our local disaster services are being strained to provide shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and emergency cash for victims.  The emergency shelters may pose an inconvenience for us at times, but nothing compared to what the victims are experiencing.  Perhaps we can turn this situation into an opportunity to serve each other through education and volunteer opportunities.

     If you are planning to contribute or if you are planning to organize a relief effort of any sort, please review the information on the assistance page and these articles from Red Cross and State of Tennessee
     It is vital that any relief efforts be coordinated with organizations that have official roles in the area, such as state Emergency Management Agencies, Red Cross, Salvation Army, or faith-based organizations.  The easiest, and perhaps most effective, contributions are cash.  It can be used in any community and does not require transportation, sorting, storage, etc.  Money can also be used to purchase from businesses in the affected communities, thereby helping in the local economic recovery.  Of course, contribute only directly to known and respected organizations.

Aerial photos after Katrina:
     In Extension, we get all kinds of requests. One was to see if there were satellite or aerial photos of the Gulfport, MS area that would help a man in Tennessee determine if someone's house had survived Katrina. Believe it or not, we were able to determine that the house had survived using aerial photography images from NOAA.
     Go to the links at the bottom of this message to find hundreds of aerial images of the Gulf coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama after Hurricane Katrina made landfall.
     This imagery was acquired by the NOAA Remote Sensing Division to support NOAA national security and emergency response requirements. In addition, it will be used for ongoing research efforts for testing and developing standards for airborne digital imagery.
     Please note that these images are uncorrected and not rotated. The approximate ground sample distance (GSD) for each pixel is 37 cm (1.2 feet). The images have 60% forward overlap, and sidelap unknown. Image file size is between 2 MB and 3 MB.
     Since North is NOT at the top of these images, use a reference map from Mapquest, Google Earth, or any other source to identify landmarks and help orient the images. The reference map will also help you narrow down your image search.
     Go to http://ngs.woc.noaa.gov/katrina/KATRINA0000.HTM and click on the map image at the left of the screen to open a wide-area index map. Click on the community of interest to get an image index map. When you click on a rectangle on the map, it will open the image for that area.

Turn Around - Don't DrownTM
      Turn Around Dont Drown barrier iconMost people that are killed by floods were swept away with their car as they attempted to drive through flooded areas.  Flowing water that is deep enough to reach slightly higher than the floor of the car can exert enough lateral force to sweep a car from the road.  The flowing water may prevent rescuers from reaching the car.  Additionally, the rescue efforts requires significant manpower, expense, and needlessly risks the lives of rescue personnel.
     Prevention is as simple as staying out of the flooded areas.  Become familiar with the roads you travel and the areas prone to floods and flash floods.  Plan alternate routes to avoid these areas, and stay informed of current conditions and warning.  And never move or drive around barricades or roadblocks.
     The National Weather Service has launched the Turn Around Don't DrownTM awareness program to educate motorists of the risks.  Visit the links above to learn more about the risks.

National Flood Insurance Program
     If there is a risk of your home being flooded, including water entering through the basement or foundation walls, then you should consider purchasing a flood insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program.   Your normal homeowners policy does not provide coverage for water damage from flooding.  It typically provides coverage from occurrences such as roof damage, trees falling on the house, etc.  It may also provide benefits if there is sewage backup up into the home.
     Contact your insurance agent or the National Flood Insurance Program for more information on coverages and exceptions.

Visit the Severe Thunderstorms and Flooding page to learn more about the dangers and, work with your family and friends to make proper plans and preparations.
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