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
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
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
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.
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