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Months to go before residents can return to

New Orleans: officials

 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Officials said it will be three to four months before

 residents can return to New Orleans, and those still in the city will have to

 leave, after levees broke and waters inundated more than 80 percent of the

city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina

 

We are looking at 12 to 16 weeks before people can come in," Mayor Ray Nagin told

 ABC television, adding that he was also greatly concerned about the

"dead bodies in the water.

"At some point in time, the dead bodies are going to start to create a serious

disease issue," he said.

Lake Pontchartrain was spilling slowly into the low-lying city of New Orleans

 after an effort to plug a breach in a major levee failed Tuesday and pumps

gave out.

Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco also told ABC it could be months before

the city is habitable.

"We don't know the integrity of the buildings," she said. "But it is going to be

 weeks, perhaps months."

Blanco said the people still in the city are being evacuated and said only

emergency officials should remain "until we can manage to shore up the

 levee and get the water off the streets."

"It is a logistical nightmare for us to just bring water and food supplies in.

The stores can't function, you know. It is a miserable situation," she said.

Nagin noted that the waters flooding into the low-lying city "will rise to try

 and equal the water level of the lake, which is three feet (one meter) above sea level.

"That's significant, because on St. Charles Avenue, one of our most famous avenues,

it is six feet below sea level in elevation. There will be nine feet in that area, and

 probably 20 feet in other areas of the city," Nagin said.

"There were thousands of people that were trapped on roofs and attics. We have

 saved so many lives," he said. "Now we have this other challenge with the rising water."

Some 12,000 to 15,000 people were huddled in the city's Superdome sports stadium,

which officials had designated a shelter of last resort.

Meanwhile, looting broke out in some areas and gas leaks fueled fires.

About 3,500 Army National Guardsmen in Louisiana were to help with security,

shelter, removing debris and distributing water and food.

Blanco said the challenge for Wednesday would be to ferry those still stranded out of the city.

"We have sent buses in. We will be either loading them by boat, helicopter –

 anything that is necessary. Some will be able to walk to the buses, but others will

 be lifted in," she said.

 

News outlets, online journalists struggle

 to fill post-storm information gap

Sachin Misra has glued himself to a computer screen since he hung up the phone

 with his elderly parents at dawn Monday. Then, five inches of water had flooded

 their house near the Mississippi coast as the eye of the storm approached.

Unable to contact them, he posted their photo on several Web sites Tuesday and scoured

 for information.

``It's frustrating because there's not that much information out there,'' said Misra, who works

 for a Pleasanton software firm from his home in Chicago. ``If I get info about them, that's

great. But I'm just looking for anything about Waveland at this point.''

During disasters such as the London bombings in July, citizen journalists posted voluminous

 on-the-scene photos and witness accounts at Web sites and blogs. But by its nature, Hurricane

 Katrina was so powerful that it hampered citizen journalism by knocking out power and

communications lines and limiting their movements. Instead, established news outlets have

 been offering community forums and missing-persons bulletin boards.

``We take it for granted that the Internet is as susceptible as anything to outage,'' said

Michael Tippett, founder of NowPublic, a Web site devoted to news by citizen reporters.

NowPublic put up a missing-persons board. Although many hurricane sites mentioned it,

only a dozen queries had been posted by Tuesday night, including Misra's.

Nearly 2 million customers were without power Tuesday in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama

and the Florida Panhandle. Mobile phone service providers reported widespread service

disruptions in the region. Sprint Nextel said it was working overtime to restore services.

``People are concentrating on surviving right now,'' Tippett added. ``We'll see the aftermath

 of it online later.''

At the popular Flikr photo site, which drew hundreds of camera-phone photos in the hours

after the London bombings, not quite 300 photos were posted at the ``Hurricane Katrina''

photo and discussion board. One set showed flooding at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi,

 Miss., from which there has been only a trickle of news.

The personal blog sites that posted from the hurricane zone, though limited, were heavily

 trafficked. One site, Kaye's Hurricane Katrina Blog, written by Kaye Trammel, a professor

 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, was sometimes inaccessible by Tuesday

afternoon because of the heavy traffic.

Though Trammel lost power, she blogged using her BlackBerry, which is always connected

 to a wireless network. She used her car battery to recharge the device, a combination phone

 and personal digital assistant. Others used technology innovatively, including video blogs and

cell phones to transmit podcasts. One photo blogger, G.J. Charlett, reported that he was

connecting through a ``fax line in a closet of a funeral home.''

Bloggers were also serving as more than citizen reporters. Writer Toni McGee Causey,

 blogging from Baton Rouge, offered her services as a conduit between the outside world

 and those in surrounding towns. Though her home lost power, she was able to blog using

 gas generators and a working DSL line.

``The top floor to a Days Inn hotel in Slidell is missing. The entire floor. There's no word if

anyone was in the hotel waiting out the storm,'' she blogged Monday afternoon. ``One reporter

 said there were bodies floating in the flood waters in Slidell.''

Unlike the London bombings, the news media were prepared for covering Katrina. The Times

-Picayune in New Orleans couldn't print its newspaper, so it published online as a document in

 the PDF format. The paper's local partner news site, Nola.com, featured reporting from citizen

journalists as well as forums for readers to seek and exchange information.

Al.com, a Web site that's a joint effort between three Alabama newspapers, also offered similar

community forums and boards. A big topic of discussion Tuesday was the break in the levee.

The Sun Herald in Biloxi, owned by Knight Ridder, the parent company of the Mercury News,

 put out a newspaper Tuesday, and set up a telephone hotline for people who had left the area

 to let relatives know they were evacuated. The hotline said it would publish the information on

 the Web and in the paper.

For Misra, none of that helped. By Tuesday afternoon, he discovered online that the county

courthouse in the town his parents lived in had been overcome by flood waters. Online, he

found aerial video footage of the Mississippi coast. ``It looks like a nuclear bomb went off,'' he said.

His missing-persons postings hadn't yielded any information, so he and his brother booked a

Thursday flight to Jackson, Miss. They will then rent a sport-utility vehicle and search for their parents.

Harrowing tales of loss emerge in Katrina's wake

Deteriorating conditions are difficult

 for survivors to bear

SLIDELL, Louisiana -- For many of the

survivors of Hurricane Katrina, little is

left but heartbreak and hardship.

Ashley Marcussen's story is one of thousands. She is desperately looking for her husband, Jason,

hoping for the best but fearing the worst.

"I have children that cry to me at nighttime that they want their daddy, and I promised them, I promised

 them that their daddy would come home," she tearfully said Wednesday in Slidell, a small city on

 the northern edge of Lake Pontchartrain.

"I don't want to break [the bad news] to my kids. I don't want to

Jason Marcussen was caught by the storm at the trailer he shared with his three children and wife

, who had fled to her mother's nearby house. He'd stayed behind to look for his daughter's lost cat.

The couple talked by phone as he rode out the storm in the bathtub. The last time they talked, Monday,

 the eye had just passed.

"My kids told him that they loved him, and they wanted him to come home with us," she said.

"And he told them as soon as the storm was over, and he could get out, he was going to come to us,

but I haven't seen him since."

When she returned home, she found the trailer under 10 trees -- and no sign of her husband.

In New Orleans, Evelyn Turner wept Tuesday as she waited for someone to collect the body of her

common law husband, The Associated Press reported.

Xavier Bowie, a truck driver, had lung cancer and couldn't evacuate. He died when he ran out of oxygen

 Tuesday, according to the AP.

Turner wrapped his body and kept a tearful vigil, the AP said, in a devastated city so overwhelmed that

rescuers are pushing aside the dead to tend to the living.

In Biloxi, Mississippi, Harvey Jackson told CNN affiliate WKRG-TV that he believed his wife was killed

after she was torn from his grasp when their home split in half.

"She told me, 'You can't hold me,' ... take care of the kids and the grandkids," he said, sobbing

Mississippi estimated as many as 110 deaths. Some 30 people are believed to have died in a single

 apartment complex in Biloxi.

Alabama is reporting two deaths, and two people are confirmed dead in Louisiana, although that number

is expected to grow. In Florida, Katrina left 11 people dead.

Biloxi resident Suzanne Rodgers, who lived in a two-story, brick apartment near the beach, said Monday

that the entire building was swept away.

"All I found that belonged to me was a shoe," she said. "There's nothing left."

In Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, a small town west of Biloxi, search and rescue crews put black marks

 on homes known to contain bodies because there weren't enough refrigerated trucks to remove the corpses.

In Louisiana, officials so far have not even tried to estimate how many people were killed in the storm.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported 1,259 rescues, but hundreds more likely were trapped or didn't survive.

The rescued told harrowing tales.

"Oh my God, it was hell," Kioka Williams told the AP. She had hacked through the ceiling of the beauty

 shop where she worked as floodwaters rose in the New Orleans' low-lying 9th Ward. "We were

 screaming, hollering, flashing lights. It was complete chaos."

One man told the AP that he was in a 9th Ward boardinghouse where at least at least two people

appeared to be dead. Frank Mills, 56, said he was able to make it to the roof of the porch, but while

making his escape he saw one woman floating face up and while on the roof a man slipped from

 his grasp and presumably died, the AP reported.

As conditions worsened at New Orleans' Superdome, officials planned a mass evacuation.

"We have identified shelters in other parts of the state; communities are ready to receive these

people to help them out," Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said.

"We've got to make their living conditions a little more decent. A lot more decent, as a matter of fact,

because living conditions in the dome are deteriorating rapidly -- no power, no water, hard to get food,

supplies in."

The two major hospitals in New Orleans faced deteriorating conditions before evacuations got under way.

Tulane University Hospital employees carried patients to the roof of the hospital's parking garage

because the elevators were not working, a spokeswoman said. Meanwhile, "there's looting going

on in the streets around the hospital," Karen Troyer Caraway added.

As floodwaters rose around Charity Hospital, the halls were dark and slippery, according to the AP.

 Nurses hand-pumped ventilators for patients who couldn't breathe, and doctors brought supplies

in by canoe from three nearby hospitals, the AP reported.

And yet the injured kept coming. At one point, a boat pulled up carrying a man doubled over in pain,

 the AP reported. "Where are we going to put him? " nursing supervisor Ray Campo asked.

"It's like being in a Third World country," Mitch Handrich, a manager at Louisiana's biggest

public hospital told the AP. "We're trying to work without power. Everyone knows we're

 all in this together. We're just trying to stay alive."

Governor: Everyone Must Leave New Orleans

 

NEW ORLEANS - Army engineers struggled without success to plug New Orleans' breached

levees with sandbags, and the governor said Wednesday the situation was worsening and

there was no choice but to abandon the flooded city

"The challenge is an engineering nightmare," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said on ABC's "Good

 Morning America." "The National Guard has been dropping sandbags into it, but it's like

 dropping it into a black hole."

As the waters continued to rise in New Orleans, four Navy ships raced toward the Gulf

Coast with drinking water and other emergency supplies, and Red Cross workers from

 across the country converged on the devastated region. The Red Cross reported it had

 about 40,000 people in 200 shelters across the area.

Officials said the death toll from Hurricane Katrina had reached at least 110 in Mississippi,

 while Louisiana put aside the counting of the dead to concentrate on rescuing the living,

 many of whom were still trapped on rooftops and in attics.

Blanco acknowledged that looting was a severe problem but said that officials had to

 focus on survivors. "We don't like looters one bit, but first and foremost is search and

 rescue," she said.

To repair one of the levees holding back Lake Pontchartrain, officials late Tuesday

dropped 3,000-pound sandbags from helicopters and hauled dozens of 15-foot concrete

barriers into the breach. Maj. Gen. Don Riley of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said

 officials also had a more audacious plan: finding a barge to plug the 500-foot hole.

Riley said it could take close to a month to get the water out of the city. If the water

 rises a few feet higher, it could also wipe out the water system for the whole city, said

 New Orleans' homeland security chief, Terry Ebbert.

Blanco said she wanted the Superdome — which had become a shelter of last resort for

about 20,000 people — evacuated within two days, though was still unclear where the

people would go. The air conditioning inside the Superdome was out, the toilets were

 broken, and tempers were rising in the sweltering heat. "Conditions are degenerating

 rapidly," she said. "It's a very, very desperate situation."

The

Federal Emergency Management Agency was considering putting people on cruise

 ships, in tent cities, mobile home parks, and so-called floating dormitories — boats

 the agency uses to house its own employees.

A helicopter view of the devastation over Louisiana and Mississippi revealed people

 standing on black rooftops, baking in the sunshine while waiting for rescue boats.

"I can only imagine that this is what Hiroshima looked like 60 years ago," said Mississippi

Gov. Haley Barbour after touring the destruction by air Tuesday.

All day long, rescuers in boats and helicopters plucked bedraggled flood refugees

 from rooftops and attics. Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu said 3,000 people have been

 rescued by boat and air, some placed shivering and wet into helicopter baskets. They

 were brought by the truckload into shelters, some in wheelchairs and some carrying babies,

with stories of survival and of those who didn't make it.

"Oh my God, it was hell," said Kioka Williams, who had to hack through the ceiling of the

 beauty shop where she worked as floodwaters rose in New Orleans' low-lying Ninth Ward.

"We were screaming, hollering, flashing lights. It was complete chaos."

Looting broke out in some New Orleans neighborhoods, prompting authorities to send more

 than 70 additional officers and an armed personnel carrier into the city. One police officer

was shot in the head by a looter but was expected to recover, authorities said.

On New Orleans' Canal Street, dozens of looters ripped open the steel gates on clothing

 and jewelry stores and grabbed merchandise. In Biloxi, Miss., people picked through

 casino slot machines for coins and ransacked other businesses. In some cases, the

 looting was in full view of police and National Guardsmen.

Officials said it was simply too early to estimate a death toll. One Mississippi county

alone said it had suffered at least 100 deaths, and officials are "very, very worried that

 this is going to go a lot higher," said Joe Spraggins, civil defense director for Harrison

 County, home to Biloxi and Gulfport. In neighboring Jackson County, officials said at

least 10 deaths were blamed on the storm.

Several of dead in Harrison County were from a beachfront apartment building that collapsed

 under a 25-foot wall of water as Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast with 145-mph

 winds Monday. Louisiana officials said many were feared dead there, too, making Katrina

one of the most punishing storms to hit the United States in decades.

Blanco asked residents to spend Wednesday in prayer.

"That would be the best thing to calm our spirits and thank our Lord that we are survivors,"

she said. "Slowly, gradually, we will recover; we will survive; we will rebuild."

Across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, more than 1 million residents remained without

 electricity, some without clean drinking water. Officials said it could be weeks, if not months,

 before most evacuees will be able to return.

Emergency medical teams from across the country were sent into the region and

President Bush cut short his Texas vacation Tuesday to return to Washington to focus on the storm damage.

Federal Emergency Management Agency director Mike Brown warned that structural damage

 to homes, diseases from animal carcasses and chemicals in floodwaters made it unsafe for

 residents to come home anytime soon. The sweltering city of 480,000 had no drinkable

water, and the electricity could be out for weeks.

Katrina, which was downgraded to a tropical depression, packed winds around 30 mph

 as it moved through the Ohio Valley early Wednesday, with the potential to dump 8

inches of rain and spin off deadly tornadoes.

The remnants of Katrina spawned bands of storms and tornadoes across Georgia

that caused at least two deaths, multiple injuries and leveled dozens of buildings. A

 tornado damaged 13 homes near Marshall, Va

Katrina Prompts Global Support for Victims

VIENNA, Austria - From papal prayers to telegrams from China, the world reacted with

 an outpouring of compassion Wednesday for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in messages

 tinged by shock that a disaster of this scale could occur in the United States

Islamic extremists rejoiced in America's misfortune, giving the storm a military rank and

 declaring in Internet chatter that "Private" Katrina had joined the global jihad, or holy war.

With "God's help," they declared, oil prices would hit $100 a barrel this year.

Venezuela's government, which has had tense relations with Washington, offered humanitarian

aid and fuel if requested.

The storm was seen as an equalizer — proof that any country, weak or strong, can be

victimized by a natural disaster. Images of flood-ravaged New Orleans earned particular

sympathy in central Europe, where dozens died in raging floodwaters only days ago.

"Nature proved that no matter how rich and economically developed you are, you can't

 fight it," says Danut Afasei, a local official in Romania's Harghita county, where flooding

killed 13 people last week.

Throughout Europe, concerned citizens lamented the loss of life and the damage caused to

New Orleans, often described as one of North America's most "European" cities.

French

President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor

Gerhard Schroeder sent messages of sympathy to

President Bush. Chirac, who has famously quarreled with Bush over the

Iraq war, addressed this letter, "Dear George."

Pope Benedict XVI said he was praying for victims of the "tragic" hurricane while

 China's President

Hu Jintao expressed his "belief that that the American people will definitely overcome the

 natural disaster and rebuild their beautiful homeland."

Britain's

Queen Elizabeth II also sent a message to Bush saying she was "deeply shocked and saddened"

at the devastation caused by the hurricane and expressing her condolences, "especially to the

families of those who have lost their lives, to the injured and to all who have been affected by

 this terrible disaster."

The U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland — a capital at the foot of the Alps hit by flooding last

 week — said calls were rushing in from Swiss individuals and institutions looking for a way

to donate to relief efforts.

"We are getting calls from the Swiss public looking to express their condolences, (and)

 people are also asking for an account number where they can make donations," said

spokesman Daniel Wendell.

The Internet-edition Vienna daily Der Standard had recorded 820 postings commenting

on a front-page story on the hurricane. In one of the postings, signature "Emerald" asked

where money could be donated to the victims, but the question sparked a debate about

 whether a rich country like the United States needed such aid.

In response, one posting, from signature "far out," argued that hurricane victims who

are poor still needed support.

Amid the sympathy, however, there was criticism.

As U.S. military engineers struggled to shore up breached levees, experts in the Netherlands

 expressed surprise that New Orleans' flood systems failed to restrain the raging waters.

With half of the country's population of 16 million living below sea level, the Netherlands

prepared for a "perfect storm" soon after floods in 1953 killed 2,000 people. The nation

installed massive hydraulic sea walls.

"I don't want to sound overly critical, but it's hard to imagine that (the damage caused by

Katrina) could happen in a Western country," said Ted Sluijter, spokesman for the park

where the sea walls are exhibited. "It seemed like plans for protection and evacuation

weren't really in place, and once it happened, the coordination was on loose hinges."

The sympathy was muted in some corners by a sense that the United States reaped

 what it sowed, since the country is seen as the main contributor to global warming.

Joern Ehlers, a spokesman for World Wildlife Fund Germany, said global warming

 had increased the intensity of hurricanes.

"The Americans have a big impact on the greenhouse effect," Ehlers said.

But Harlan L. Watson, the U.S. envoy for negotiations on climate change, denied any

 link between global warming and the strength of storms.

"Our scientists are telling us right now that there's not a linkage," he said in Geneva.

"I'll rely on their information."

Hurricane Katrina cuts phone service to millions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Millions of people in storm-ravaged areas of the southern

United States were without telephone service on Wednesday, with flooding and power

outages from Hurricane Katrina hampering efforts to restore networks

BellSouth Corp., the dominant local telephone company in much of the area, said service

had been cut to about 1.75 million customers along the Gulf Coast, from Louisiana

 to Florida. Spokesman Joseph Chandler said 750,000 customers were in the hardest-hit

areas of Louisiana and Mississippi.

Large wireless carriers also reported problems with their networks.

"A significant amount of the network is out in all of the areas affected, especially in areas

 such as New Orleans," said Cingular Wireless spokesman Ritch Blasi. "As the waters and

 floods subside, we'll begin some of the restoration efforts."

With power still out in many parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, the switches and infrastructure

 that runs the telecommunications networks were operating on backup power, either

batteries or generators.

Chandler said BellSouth was beginning to assess the damage to its network in Alabama and

Mississippi, but it might be some time before it was able to reach its equipment in New

Orleans. About 80 percent of the city is under water.

Cellular companies said text messages and e-mails were more likely to reach people on cellular

 phones than voice calls. Such messages are sent as small bursts of data and can find a path to

the network more easily than a voice call, which requires a steady connection.

Some cell phone users were also able to place calls, but not receive them, depending on which

 cellular towers were working.

Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Sheryl Sellaway said the company's network was starting to

 improve from Tuesday. Cingular, the wireless venture of SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth,

 and Verizon Wireless, a venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc, had

 used stores in some areas to offer free calling and phone recharging.

Sellaway said Verizon was also readying portable cellular towers to be deployed in areas

where the company had lost equipment or could not reach it.

With hit-or-miss telephone service, many people turned to the Internet to attempt contact relatives

 or friends. Several Internet sites set up boards for people to post messages to reach relatives

or swap news about particular neighborhoods.

Locals worry, wait for word on loved ones

Many area residents are trying to reach family members and friends

 who could have been caught in Katrina's path.

Queries pour in, but often the only answer is silence. Or a busy signal.

"Can Someone Help Me Please? I am a student in Baton Rouge, but I live in New Orleans.

I believe my mother, brother and sister are trapped in an attic at 2229 Music St."

The desperate message was posted early Tuesday on the Web site Nola.com, one of many

online forums filled with people trying to reach friends and family members living in the path

 of Hurricane Katrina.

In the storm's hardest-hit areas, phone lines are dead, even under water. Cellular phone

service isn't much more reliable. Since Katrina blew ashore Monday morning, Web sites,

 hotlines and emergency centers have been inundated with inquiries.

Said Ingrid Bailey, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross: "Our system is being

overwhelmed."

Some Tampa Bay area residents were still trying frantically to get word on Tuesday.

Many of Anthony D'Avanza's extended family evacuated New Orleans ahead of the storm,

 traveling to Orlando and Texas. But not everyone is accounted for, he said.

"A lot of them I can't reach. I don't know if they left town or where they are," D'Avanza,

 59 of Tampa, said Tuesday.

Anne Murdoch of Countryside said she was "dazed" until early afternoon, when she finally

 heard from her 22-year-old daughter and learned she had survived the storm.

"It was like a voice from heaven," Murdoch said. "I think I screamed in the office."

Communication with the areas hit by the storm is touch and go at best.

Colleen Parks of St. Petersburg talked repeatedly during the weekend with her parents

and brother, who fled New Orleans for St. Francisville, near Baton Rouge.

First they talked by cell phone, then on the land line at the family's motel.

But on Tuesday, nothing.

"I cannot get through to anybody," Parks said. "I've been trying all day. It's "all

circuits are busy,' or it's just a busy signal."

Patrick Kimball, a spokesman for Verizon Wireless, said spotty phone service should be

 expected.

"Obviously in the areas hardest hit by the storm, communication is very difficult. There

 have been disruptions to the network," he said.

While urging people to be patient, he suggested sending text messages instead of making

voice calls.

"They are a much less significant burden on the (network) traffic," he said. "If calls aren't able

 to go through, text messages will be held in queue. They don't just disappear if they don't

go through immediately."

The local chapter of the Red Cross established a toll-free number for residents to call to

obtain information about family members, but that service is limited.

"They use lists of people who are in Red Cross shelters," said chapter spokesman Tim

Teahan. "If someone is not in a Red Cross shelter, there essentially is not a way for us

to know where they are."

Even so, Teahan said the line was taking 15 to 20 calls an hour.

A newspaper in Gulfport, Miss., set up both a blog and hotline for readers to contact.

Messages left on the Sun-Herald's hotline will be published in print and on the paper's

Web site when possible. But late Tuesday afternoon, the hotline was no longer accepting

 new messages. The inbox was full.

D'Avanza, a New Orleans native who moved to Tampa before high school, said he and

 his three brothers were watching the haunting television images and calling continually

 for news about their cousins, nieces and nephews.

"We just keep talking to each other and see who we have reached."

REACHING OUT

Some tips for making contact with friends and family living in Katrina's path:

Call the local Red Cross toll free at (877) 741-1444. Representatives will take information

about people you're looking for and check it against lists of people staying at Red Cross

 shelters. Because of confidentiality rules, shelter rosters are not available to the public.

Priority will be placed on inquiries about people with special medical needs.

Try sending text messages instead of calling cell phones. Text messages often get through

 more quickly, cellular providers say, and they use different channels from voice calls.

When making voice calls, avoid high-traffic times like late afternoon and evening.

Also, if you don't get through the first time, wait 10 seconds before redialing.

The Gulfport, Miss., Sun-Herald set up a hotline for residents to call with news they're okay.

 The paper says it will publish the messages in print and on its Web site. The hotline,

 at (866) 453-1925, was not accepting new messages Tuesday evening.

ON THE INTERNET

www.cingularhurricaneupdates.com Cingular Wireless is updating the site several times a

day, with further tips for wireless communication and the condition of its networks.

www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/ Gulfport, Miss., Sun-Herald newspaper Web site.

http://eyesonkatrina.blogspot.com The Sun-Herald's hurricane blog.

Web site.

Lives, homes are reduced to mere rubble


As emergency officials in
Gulfport, Miss., rescued residents, survivors searched shattered homes

 and wept for the dead and missing.

Just past a starved and growling 80-pound Rottweiler, Ben Powers' guitar case

 beckoned him, wedged between a piece of nail-spiked roof and a television set in the shattered mosaic

of what was his neighborhood.

Powers and his wife witnessed the destruction as their seaside house was smashed away from them

Monday. Ever since, he has mountain-climbed the storm-surged rubbish with a strip of torn window

 molding that also helps him fend off the dog as he surveys and salvages what little he can.

Truly, though, nothing's left, despite the stark appearance of everything blended and twisted and smashed

 by Hurricane Katrina's 20-foot-plus storm surge in the Georgia Place community. A beach condo was

swept from its piers, a fire station was blown apart, and the only clean patches are the concrete home

 foundations, wet from the snapped and gurgling plumbing.

The trashed neighborhood of little middle-class cottages is just one of the thousands of devastating

buzz cuts Katrina sawed into the Gulf Coast and the minds of tens of thousands of residents.

Tuesday, as some survivors searched through the rubble or were being rescued from the roofs of flooded

 homes, others wept for the hundreds of dead and missing scattered over hundreds of miles of coast.

So far, the Gulfport-Biloxi area has borne the brunt of fatalities from Katrina -- more than 100, according

to state emergency management officials.

NO WORDS

''Nothing could describe this. No one could have thought it. Our address was 1446, now it's 1441-and-a-half,''

Powers, 34, said while warily eyeing the dog. ``Whoa! Boy! No!''

The dog started clumsily clambering toward him but stopped, frustrated by the same unpredictable jagged

 peaks and valleys of five-foot-high debris.

Powers finally reached the guitar case and opened it.

''It's gone, empty,'' he said.

So is Lola, the family tabby cat. Casey the border collie made it, though, when Powers and his wife,

 Rebecca, escaped their collapsing home Monday morning.

They decided to stay home because the storm appeared as if it were going to hit farther west and

 would carry only a 20-foot storm surge. Their house foundation was 22 feet above sea level.

But the rains came, and then the gusts, and then the sustained winds, and then the water, and then

 a Jet Ski floated past. A neighbor's home wasn't far behind. It knocked into the first floor of their

 home ''like someone taking out the legs of your chair when you're sitting in it,'' he said.

They ran upstairs, chased by the flood. Two-by-fours and other pieces of wood were shooting out of the

massive surge as it churned into the house. When their hot tub floated just below the second-floor

window, they jumped in, buoyed on the sea of everything.

From there, the two skipped from board to board, house siding to house siding, roof patch to roof patch

until they took shelter atop a neighbor's Lincoln in his carport. They measured the water -- whether it

would drown or spare them -- by the notches of adjustable shelf brackets on the wall.

GOING AND STAYING

Powers, a seven-year Mississippi resident from Pennsylvania, didn't realize the force of such storms,

 and said he's moving.

Neighbor Blake Beckham, 48, a Mississippi native, plans to rebuild, and left before the fury of Katrina hit.

''I've been through a Cat 1, a 2, a 3, a 4. I wasn't staying around. This was death,'' Beckham said, referring

to the categories of hurricane strengths.

Later, he choked up when recounting how he found the American flag he had planted after the Sept.

11 terrorist attacks.

`WE'RE ALL IN SHOCK'

Carla Powell, a clinical social worker, didn't weep as she searched for client files at her business, Advanced

Psychotherapy Associates.

But she feared for her patients.

''This can be devastating for anyone, and people will need help everywhere. I can't comprehend it. We're

all in shock now. I know I am,'' Powell said, losing her composure when a friend found a framed poem

extolling the thankless job of social workers.

Then it was back to business, marveling at a rental house she owns that was rotated 90 degrees and blown

 50 feet off its foundation.

Nearby, Ben Powers was amazed, too. He finally made it past the Rottweiler that guarded the second

 floor of his home, which was now on the first floor. The oval bathroom mirror was intact.

''Hey, it's not cracked,'' he said. ``I guess I've got good luck.''

Mayor: Katrina May Have Killed Thousands

NEW ORLEANS - The mayor said Wednesday that Hurricane Katrina probably

 killed thousands of people in New Orleans

"We know there is a significant number of dead bodies in the water," and other people

 dead in attics, Mayor Ray Nagin said. Asked how many, he said: "Minimum, hundreds.

Most likely, thousands."

The frightening estimate came as Army engineers struggled to plug New Orleans' breached

levees with giant sandbags and concrete barriers, while authorities drew up plans to clear

out the tens of thousands of people left in New Orleans and all but abandon the flooded-out city.

There will be a "total evacuation of the city. We have to. The city will not be functional for two or

 three months," Nagin said.

Most of those refugees — 15,000 to 20,000 people — were in the Superdome, which had become

 hot and stuffy, with broken toilets and nowhere for anyone to bathe. "It can no longer operate as

 a shelter of last resort," the mayor said.

Nagin estimated 50,000 to 100,000 people remained in New Orleans. He said 14,000 to 15,000 a day

 could be evacuated.

The

Pentagon, meanwhile, began mounting one of the largest search-and-rescue operations in U.S.

 history, sending four Navy ships to the Gulf Coast with drinking water and other emergency

 supplies, along with the hospital ship USNS Comfort, search helicopters and elite SEAL water-rescue teams.

American Red Cross workers from across the country converged on the devastated region in

 the agency's biggest-ever relief operation.

The death toll from Hurricane Katrina has reached at least 110 in Mississippi alone. But

 Louisiana has put aside the counting of the dead to concentrate on rescuing the living,

many of whom were still trapped on rooftops and in attics.

A full day after the Big Easy thought it had escaped Katrina's full fury, two levees broke

 and spilled water into the streets Tuesday, swamping an estimated 80 percent of the bowl-shaped,

 below-sea-level city, inundating miles and miles of homes and rendering much of New Orleans

 uninhabitable for weeks or months.

"We are looking at 12 to 16 weeks before people can come in," Nagin said on ABC's "Good

 Morning America, "and the other issue that's concerning me is we have dead bodies in the

water. At some point in time the dead bodies are going to start to create a serious disease issue."

With the streets awash and looters brazenly cleaning out stores, authorities planned to move

at least 25,000 of the New Orlean's storm refugees to the Houston Astrodome, 350 miles away,

 over two days in a vast convoy of some 475 buses.

Gov. Kathleen Blanco said the situation was desperate and there was no choice but to clear out.

"The logistical problems are impossible and we have to evacuate people in shelters," the

 governor said. "It's becoming untenable. There's no power. It's getting more difficult to

get food and water supplies in, just basic essentials."

Around midday, officials with the state and the Army Corps of Engineers said the water

 levels between the city and Lake Pontchartrain had equalized, and water had stopped

 rising in New Orleans, and even appeared to be falling, at least in some places. But the

danger was far from over.

The Army Corps of Engineers said it planned to use heavy-duty Chinook helicopters to drop

 20,000-pound sandbags Wednesday into the 500-foot gap in the failed floodwall. But the

agency said it was having trouble getting the sandbags and dozens of 15-foot highway barriers

to the site because the city's waterways were blocked by loose barges, boats and large debris.

Officials said they were also looking at a more audacious plan: finding a barge to plug the

 500-foot hole.

"The challenge is an engineering nightmare," the governor said on ABC's "Good Morning America."

As New Orleans descended deeper into chaos, hundreds of people wandered aimlessly up and

 down Interstate 10, pushing shopping carts, laundry racks, anything they could find to carry

 their belongings. Dozens of fishermen from up to 200 miles away floated in on caravans of

 boats to pull residents out of flooded neighborhoods.

On some of the few roads that were still passable, people waved at passing cars with empty

 water jugs, begging for relief. Hundreds of people appeared to have spent the night on a

crippled highway.

In one east New orleans neighborhood, refugees were being loaded onto the backs of moving

 vans like cattle, and in one case emergency workers with a sledgehammer and an ax broke

open the back of a mail truck and used it to ferry sick and elderly residents.

Police officers were asking residents to give up any guns they had before they boarded buses

and trucks because police desperately needed the firepower: Some officers who had been

 stranded on the roof of a motel said they were being shot at overnight.

WELCOM TO ARE Hurricane Katrina PHONE AND

WEB SITE PAGE .THIS IS FOR Hurricane Katrina PEOPLE THAT

GOT HIT BY  HURRICAN KATRINA ARE GOT AWAY FROM HURRICAN KATRINA  AND THERE LOVE ONE'S

AND Friends AND YOUR  family YOU CAN FIDE INFO ABOUT MISSING KID'S

AND PEOPLE AND family AND HOW YOU  CAN HELP OUT  AND LOT'S MORN PHONE NUMBERS

 AND WEB SITE'S TOO I HOPE THIS INFO WILL BE HELPFUL TO YOU

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR LOVE ONE'S AND YOUR FRIENDS AND family

FROM DAVID AARON GARCIA BIG 8 AT IT'S BEST NEWS - WE ARE HERE FOR YOU 

Phone numbers for those in extreme emergencies:


Louisiana State Police: (800) 469-4828
St. John Emergencies: (985) 652-6338 | (985) 497-3321
Kenner Emergencies: (504) 468-7200
Coast Guard: (225) 389-2133

Emergency search and rescue phone lines for those in distress:


(225) 922-0325 | (225) 922-0332 | (225) 922-0333 | (225) 922-0334 | (225) 922-0335 | (225) 922-0340 | (225) 922-0341

Jefferson Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness:

(504) 349-5360

To locate MISSING children, family members:


Red Cross Family Links Registry, 1-877-LOVED-1S (1-877-568-3317)
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

To inquire about those in the area who did not evacuate:

American Red Cross, (866) 438-4636

To begin assistance process:

FEMA, (800) 621-FEMA

To report price gouging:

(800) 488-2770

Number for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer patients who

need to continue treatment in Baton Rouge:

(225) 215-1236

Number for families to let soldiers overseas know they are okay:

(888) 777-7731

Web site for police officers, firefighters to reconnect with their families:

www.nopd-aid.org

BLOGS AND SITE'S TO FIDE LOVE ONE'S AND

MISSING & SURVIVOR LISTS

Hurricane Katrina - Refugee Connect

NOLA.com Reaching Out Forum

Find Katrina Missing Persons List

Stay in Contact Forum

NOLA Refugees Forum

NOLA.com Missing Persons

Craig's List Lost & Found

Katrina Survivor Connector List

Salvation Army Health & Welfare Information Form

WWLTV: Searching For

WWLTV: I'm Okay

Wikipedia: Missing and Found

Yahoo! Hurricane Katrina Message Boards

CNN Katrina Safe List

TripSmarter.Com New Orleans Katrina Forums


Metroblogging New Orleans

BBC News Reporters' Log: Hurricane Katrina

[the subconscious machine]

Hurricane Katrina: Live from Louisiana - a Hurricane Bloggers Personal Journal

Journey to Healing: Support for Survivors of Hurricane Katrina

Bourbon Street Journal

Sturtle Evacuated Blogger

DeadlyKatrina.com Blog

New Orleans Refugees Blog

Eye of the Strom Blog

WDSU Forums

WDSU Messages from Survivors

WWLTV Forums

NOLA.com Forums

abcNEWS Forums

Hurricane Katrina Survivors

N.O. Pundit Katrina Bulletin Board

Craig's List Katrina Forums

Weather.com Katrina Forums

WLOX Biloxi Katrina Messages

Sun Herald (So. Mississippi) Find Missing Loved Ones/
Let loved ones know where you are


Yahoo! Hurricane Katrina Message Boards

TripSmarter.Com New Orleans Katrina Forums

LiveWire Katrina Forums

SHELTER  &  HOUSING

Shelter and Housing Info for Evacuees

Houston Area Shelters

Housing Offers on NOLA.com

KatrinaHome.com

HurricaneHousing.org

Florida Shelters

More Panama City Housing

Housing in Harris County, Texas

Craig's List Housing Offers

JOBS & EMPLOYMENT

Jobs & Employment for Evacuees

PanamaCity HelpWanted.com

Atlanta HelpWanted.com

Pensacola HelpWanted.com

New Herald Classifieds (Panama City)

Pensacola News Journal

HELP & ASSISTANCE

FEMA Federal Assistance

FEMA Federal Aid Process

U.S. Governement Katrina Recovery

How to get help in Louisiana

How to get help in Mississippi

How to get help in Alabama

Craig's List Katrina Resoucres

TripSmarter.Com New Orleans Katrina Forums

DONATE & VOLUNTEER

American Red Cross

Salvation Army

Habitat for Humanity

United Way Hurricane Katrina Fund

Medical Volunteer Registration

Network for Good (Charity Network)

Volunteer Information

Noah's Wish Animal Relief

Humane Society

HOW TO HELP

HOW TO GET HELP

MESSAGE BOARDS & FORUMS

Employment Resources

Miscellaneous

  • Metroblogging New Orleans - Hyper-local look at what's going on in the city. Regional bloggers give a perspective on daily life.
  • Katrina Aftermath: A Gallery of Thoughts, Images and Sounds in Response to Hurricane Katrina  - Blog aggregating comments, news, resources, Flickr photos, and podcasts addressing the damage wrought by the 2005 tropical cyclone and flooding along the Gulf Coast.
  • Journey to Healing: Support for Survivors of Hurricane Katrina - Blog created by a Baton Rouge resident and designed to serve as an online community and place to offer inspiration, encouragement, and support for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Updates as They Come in on Katrina: WWLTV.com - Hurricane Katrina news blog for focusing on updates about the New Orleans area. From WWLTV.com.
  • Eye of the Storm - Blogging about the devastation of many Gulf Coast communities leveled by the category 5 storm, Hurricane Katrina.
  • Katrina Central  - Hurricane Katrina forums allowing users to post and read messages from specific storm-affected neighborhoods in Louisiana and Mississippi.
  • [the subconscious machine]  - Read remote blog updates from Flanagan's bar, located in the French Quarter area of New Orleans.
  • New Orleans Refugees Blog - Blog posting requests for information about New Orleans missing persons, or for Hurricane Katrina survivors to post messages for their loved ones.
  • Slidell Hurricane Damage Blog - Blogging Hurricane Katrina news and situation reports for Slidell, Louisiana.
  • Interdictor - First-hand blogging of Hurricane Katrina aftermath from a New Orleans resident.
  • HurricAid - Blog dedicated to sharing news about Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, donation and volunteer opportunities, and how victims of the storm can seek help.
  • Katrina Web Log - Hurricane Katrina coverage and blog from NPR.
  • Eyes on Katrina  - Blogging Hurricane Katrina news and aftermath from Southern Mississippi. From the Sun Herald.
  • Hurricane Katrina: Live from Louisiana - A Hurricane Bloggers Personal Journal - With posts addressing the 2005 storm's aftermath, with links to news updates, images, relief agencies, important announcements, and other resources for survivors.
  • KD5QEL Hurricane Katrina Info - Blog offering a compilation of Hurricane Katrina information from various sources. Includes links to relief and disaster information, as well as evacuation maps.
  • Pitch & Green - Blogging reports regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. Includes area specific updates and links to relief and news resources.
  • DeadlyKatrina.com - Blog tracking the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Features archived news articles, links to live news coverage and to relief agencies, personal accounts, and other resources for survivors of the 2005 storm.
  • After The Storm  - roundup of blogosphere coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Sturtle  - An evacuated New Orleans blogger laments the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, including the home left behind.
  • New Orleans Independent Media Center: Hurricane Katrina - Features reports published by local residents dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
  • WDSU.com: Katrina Blog - offering the latest Katrina updates.
  • BBC News Reporters' Log: Hurricane Katrina - BBC correspondents report from New Orleans and from Baton Rouge, on the 2005 storm and its aftermath.
  • Hurricane Blog - Talks about tropical weather, preparedness, and hurricane topics and allows readers to interact with Palm Beach Post staffers throughout the 2005 season.
  • Bourbon Street Journal  - Blogging on Hurricane Katrina from The Times-Picayune.
  • Bloggers Blog: Hurricane Katrina  - Reviewing bloggers' coverage of Hurricane Katrina, with links to individual blogs with disaster news and information.
  • Hurricane Katrina Meetups - creates local groups for those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Lost and Found: Craigslist New Orleans  - Hurricane Katrina missing persons bulletin board for the New Orleans area. Post a listing for someone you are looking for or give information about someone thought to be missing.
  • KatrinaLost.com - Includes a message board where people can contact their friends and families.
  • MissingKatrina.com  - post pictures of friends and relatives believed to be missing in Hurricane Katrina.
  • Hurricane Katrina I'm Okay Message Board - Message board for Hurricane Katrina evacuees and survivors to post messages to let their friends and families know where they are and how they're doing.
  • Find Katrina - Missing persons list for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Post a profile and a picture of a missing person or give information about a missing person listed.
  • Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network  - Make a missing person report to Salvation Army emergency radio after a disaster, and radio station staff will broadcast inquiries about that person in the affected region.
  • NOLA.com: Missing Persons Forum  - Missing persons forum for Hurricane Katrina victims to find their loved ones or get news about hurricane-affected areas.
  • Hurricane Katrina Refugee Connect - A place for Hurricane Katrina refugees and victims to post contact information or messages for their loved ones. Sorted by last name.
  • Katrina Central  - Hurricane Katrina forums allowing users to post and read messages from specific storm-affected neighborhoods in Louisiana and Mississippi.
  • Katrina Missing Message Board  - Hurricane Katrina message board to help users exchange information about loved ones missing after the disaster.
  • Katrina Survivor Connector List  - Database listing survivors and missing persons from the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Make a listing for a person you are looking for or give a location for a missing person.
  • New Orleans Refugees Forums - Hurricane Katrina missing persons message board, for those looking for New Orleans loved ones or for hurricane survivors to post messages about their safety.
  • Katrina: Missing Persons Board  - Hurricane Katrina missing persons forum for those looking for loved ones missing in the storm. Post pictures of someone you're looking for or give information about someone thought to be missing.
  • Stay in Contact Forum  - Forums for those affected by Hurricane Katrina to get in touch with their loved ones and exchange information about missing persons in each of the hurricane-affected states.
  • BBC News: Hurricane Katrina Missing People - Messages from people looking for loved ones in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. From BBC News.
  • Hurricane Katrina Connections - Message board to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina connect to their friends and families, or exchange information about missing persons. From the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
  • Hurricane Katrina Survivors Forums - Forums for survivors of Hurricane Katrina to post news for their friends and family.
  • NOLA.com: Reaching Out Forum - Forum for people affected by Hurricane Katrina to exchange information about missing persons or hurricane-affected areas, and list shelter and resources for hurricane victims.
  • Clarion-Ledger: Severe Weather - Hurricane Katrina coverage from Jackson, Mississippi, including news, shelters and emergency contacts, road information, school closures, and water and gas line updates.
  • katrina-survivor.com - searchable registry for Katrina survivors and loved ones to connect.
  • N.O. Pundit Bulletin Boards - Hurricane Katrina forums for people looking for information on missing persons or neighborhood conditions in the New Orleans area.
  • I'm Okay Forum: WWLTV.com - Forum for Hurricane Katrina evacuees and survivors to let friends and family know their current location and status.
  • KatrinaCheck-In - A place for people affected by Hurricane Katrina to connect with their loved ones. Include an "I'm Okay" forums for survivors and an "I'm Searching For" forum for people looking for information about missing persons.
  • CNN: Hurricane Katrina Safe List  - For survivors of Hurricane Katrina to post information to let their loved ones know they're safe.
  • Searching For Forum: WWLTV.com - Hurricane Katrina message board for people looking for news about missing friends and family in hurricane-affected areas.
  • New Orleans Refugees Blog - Blog posting requests for information about New Orleans missing persons, or for Hurricane Katrina survivors to post messages for their loved ones.
  • Salvation Army - Christian charity organization with programs that include international aid, assistance to children and families, and disaster relief.
  • American Red Cross - Humanitarian organization that helps millions of people each year prevent, prepare for, and cope with emergencies.
  • America's Second Harvest: Katrina Disaster Relief - The national food bank network is looking for food and funds to respond to Hurricane Katrina.
  • White House: Hurricane Relief - Outlines the efforts that the Bush Administration is taking to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • New Orleans Hurricane Fund - Relief fund for New Orleans residents left homeless by Hurricane Katrina, requesting donations of time, money, furniture and household goods. From Tulane University.
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Hurricane Katrina Relief - Relief fund focusing on poor Hurricane Katrina victims without savings or family to help them, as well as long-term environmental damage caused by the disaster.
  • Hurricane Katrina Recovery on FirstGov.gov  - Find out what to do if you are a victim of the 2005 storm, how to help victims and communities devastated by flooding, or locate disaster cleanup and agency resources.
  • Charity Navigator: Hurricane Katrina - offers advice on identifying trustworthy charities to help the victims of the devastating August 2005 storm Hurricane Katrina. Includes a list of highly rated charities.
  • United Way 2005 Hurricane Katrina Response Fund - Disaster relief fund to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, from the United Way.
  • FDIC: Hurricane Katrina - provides information for consumers and bankers in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Church World Service: Hurricane Katrina Response - Hurricane Katrina relief funding asking for donations to help provide immediate emergency aid and long-term recovery grants.
  • Hurricane Katrina Medical Volunteer Registry - Volunteer opportunities for licensed medical workers to provide aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • International Orthodox Christian Charities: Hurricane Katrina - Christian relief fund helping to provide housing, food, and other supplies to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Adventist Community Services: Hurricane Katrina  - Volunteer relief organization supplying blankets, clothing, and emergency supplies to Hurricane Katrina victims. Asking for donations of funds and volunteer time.
  • Florida Hurricane Relief Fund - fund supporting other disaster relief organizations, insurance or government funding that is dedicated to restoration in Florida communities affected by hurricanes.
  • Christian Reformed World Relief Committee: Hurricane Katrina Relief - Hurricane Katrina relief fund raising money to help rebuild and repair homes and buildings destroyed in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
  • Katrina Volunteer & Housing Opportunities - Housing services hub for Katrina victims. Donate space for a victim, or a victim can search for a donated room/house/apt/etc. This site is working with Red Cross, FEMA, MoveOn.org, and others.
  • Samaritan's Purse: Helping Victims of Hurricane Katrina - Learn how Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief Units are helping people in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and find out how to make a donation.
  • StormAID - Clear Channel's campaign to raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
  • Operation: Share Your Home - Thousands of families are in immediate need of housing because of the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina. This organization has been started to match those in need of housing with those that are willing to provide it.
  • Operation Blessing: Hurricane Katrina  - Christian, faith-based humanitarian relief fund providing meals to Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
  • UMCOR: Hurricane Relief - Relief fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina, asking for donations of money and emergency supplies. From the United Methodist Church.
  • Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, Inc.  - Foundation established by the governor to collect and distribute donations to private and public entities for disaster relief for losses and/or damages brought on as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescue - Hurricane Katrina emergency relief fund focused on rescuing pets and animals affected by the storm.
  • U.S. Hurricane Fund - Hurricane Katrina relief fund asking for donations to help provide emergency aid to victims of the disaster. From the Episcopal Relief and Development Organization.
  • Adopt a Storm Family - Purpose of this website is to facilitate communications between the victims and their families and to connect victims to people willing to provide shelter and/or other basic necessities.
  • Texas Responds to Katrina - Information from Texas Governor Rick Perry on Texas efforts to aid Hurricane Katrina refugees from New Orleans.
  • HurricAid - Blog dedicated to sharing news about Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, donation and volunteer opportunities, and how victims of the storm can seek help.
  • Humane Society Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund  - Relief effort to rescue animals and pets endangered by Hurricane Katrina. From the Humane Society of the United States.
  • MoveOn.org: Hurricane Housing - Web site helping people offer and search for shelter and housing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Disaster Relief Fund: Corporation for National and Community Service - disaster relief fund focusing on meeting disaster victims' immediate needs and providing volunteer help from around the nation. From the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • Hurricane Katrina: Catholic Charities Responds - Learn about their activities in Florida and Baton Rouge and find contact information and numbers as well as how to make an online donation.
  • Katrina Home Sharing Registry - registry for homes and shelter to offer to those displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers: Hurricane Response - from the Mississippi Valley Division of the Army Corps of Engineers. Includes news and information about efforts following Hurricane Katrina.
  • Network for Good: Hurricane Relief Efforts and Preparedness - Learn how you can help victims of hurricane Katrina. Provides links to major local and international aid organizations and allows you to find out about donating and volunteering.
  • BBC News In Pictures: New Orleans Rescue Operation  - Images of people negotiating the flood waters that have engulfed New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina 2005.
  • Flickr: Katrina Clusters - Find photos tagged with Katrina, Hurricane, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and other terms related to Hurricane Katrina. Images range from damage photos, to satellite images of the cyclone, to pictures of storm shelters.
  • AP: New Orleans by Satellite - interactive satellite images showing New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Katrina: New Orleans Aftermath - Map of the New Orleans Metro with videos, photographs, stories, and eyewitness accounts. MSNBC also offers interactive maps for the Gulf Coast area and Southern region also hit by Hurricane Katrina.
  • New York Times: Hurricane Katrina - image galleries showing the impact of Hurricane Katrina.
  • MSNBC: Wrath of Katrina Video - Video reports of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath that capture survivors' struggles, rescue efforts, rising flood waters, evacuations, damage to the Superdome, and other troubles in the region.
  • Yahoo! News Photos: Hurricanes & Tropical Storms - extensive gallery of photos from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
  • BBC News Player: Hurricane Katrina  - Video and audio segments capturing Hurricane Katrina's destruction and the ensuing emergency and relief efforts in New Orleans and other Southern communities.
  • Flickr: Hurricane Katrina Group Photo Pool  - See photos capturing both the power, and the resulting damage, of Hurricane Katrina.
  • NASA: Hurricane Season 2005: Katrina - satellite images, maps, and animations showing the progress and destruction of Hurricane Katrina as it hit the Gulf Coast.
  • Flickr Editor's Picks: Hurricane Katrina - collection of notable Hurricane Katrina photographs posted on Flickr.
  • CBS News: Katrina In Photos  - Photographs from New Orleans, inside the Superdome, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama, capturing the impact of the category 5 hurricane on people, property, and infrastructure.
  • USA Today: Hurricane Katrina  - Interactive feature on the devastating August 2005 hurricane. Includes damage maps, photos, video, time lapse animations, and other information.
  • Al.com: Katrina Photos - images of Hurricane Katrina preparation, damage, and aftermath, including flooding in New Orleans and the evacuation efforts.
  • In Katrina's Wake  - Slide show from MSNBC showing aerial photos of a submerged New Orleans and people contending with the rising waters from the broken levies.
  • NOLA.com: Hurricane Katrina Galleries - Day-by-day find photos of the devastation, flooding, and damages wrought by Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and its surrounding region. Images from the paper and submitted by citizens.
  • GlobalSecurity.org: New Orleans/Hurricane Katrina  - Presents comparative satellite images of New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina.
  • USGS: Hurricane Katrina Aftermath - before and after satellite photos of the damage done to New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.
  • AccuWeather.com: Katrina's Hurricane Videos  - Collection of videos showing Hurricane Katrina's progress and destruction throughout the Gulf Coast states.
  • Sights, Sounds of Hurricane Katrina  - Hurricane Katrina images, video, and audio clips of storm damage and aftermath in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. From the WAPT television newscast in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • DigitalGlobe: Hurricane Katrina Media Gallery  - download satellite images and analysis of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Biloxi, and other areas of the Gulf Coast.
  • NOAA: Hurricane Katrina Images - includes a clickable map with satellite images of the Gulf Coast region following Hurricane Katrina.