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Letter from the Editors--Hurricane Katrina Resources

I Introduction

In OHPE 429.1, we offer a collection of links relating to Hurricane Katrina.

In compiling this list, we've focused mainly on hub sites that provide starting points for finding news and ways to help.

If you have a link you wish to add to the list, please email editor@ohpe.ca and we will consider including it in the OHPE News and Summary section of coming issues. We are particularly interested in links with connections to health promotion or with which readers have personal experience.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by the disaster.

II Librarians' Index to the Internet

The Librarians' Index to the Internet has compiled a substantial collection of related

websites in a number of catagories at http://lii.org/search/file/hurricanekatrina: aid and charities, animal rescue, disaster recovery, displaced students, environmental factors, flood cleanup, flood control and levee management, floods, gas prices and availability, health and sanitation, housing and shelter, hurricane preparedness, hurricanes, insurance claims, libraries, impact on, maps and images, missing person locators, news coverage, and volunteer opportunities

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III CBC

CBC's in depth page includes news stories as well as

* How to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/katrina/

* Consumer tips on giving to charities, http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/consumertips/charities.html

* Internet Resources, http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/katrina/links.html

* Tropical Storms & Hurricanes, http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/forcesofnature/tropicalstorms.htm

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IV BBC

The BBC page at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/americas/2005/hurricane_katrina/defa... includes latest news, analysis, and background.

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V CNN

Visit the Hurricane Katrina Main Page at http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2005/katrina/.

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VI Toronto Star

The special report section is at http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Render&c..., and includes a list of ways to help in the right-hand bar.

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VII Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail also has a "How to Help" section at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20050831.waidlinks083....

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VIII Government of Canada

Related federal sites include

* Hurricane Katrina: Canada's Response http://www.psepc.gc.ca/publications/emergency/em_pub002_e.asp

* Self-Help Advice for Families and Individuals--Severe Storms

http://www.ocipep.gc.ca/info_pro/self_help_ad/general/storm_e.asp

* Hurricane Katrina: Canada's Response

http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/can-am/main/front_page/katrina-en.asp

* National Emergency Stockpile System

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ep-mu/ness_e.html

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IX Government of Ontario

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services'

Emergency Management Ontario page has information on their mandate and involvement in relief operations http://www.mpss.jus.gov.on.ca/english/pub_security/emo/about_emo.html.

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X United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

UN involvement is noted at http://ochaonline.un.org/webpage.asp?Page=2033 along with some related links, such as FEMA and the Red Cross.

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XI Pan American Health Association

Visit http://www.paho.org/English/DD/PED/huracan-katrinahome.htm for

situation reports, press releases, assessment forms and disaster management tools, and a series of Spanish-Language PSAs.

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XII Tamarack

The Tamarack website has resources and discussion with a community engagement perspective at http://www.tamarackcomunity.ca/g3s86.html#EmergPrep:

* Questions New Orleans Raise

* Emergency Preparedness & Community Engagement

* About Emergency Preparedness & Community Engagement

* Case Studies

* Coping with Disaster

* New Orleans & Emergency Preparedness

* Additional Resources

* How you can help

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XIII Wikipedia

The Wikipedia has a substantial collection of information, links and resources at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina:

* 1 Storm development

* 1.1 Tornadoes

* 2 Historical context

* 2.1 Comparisons

* 2.1.1 By hurricane intensity

* 2.1.2 By death toll

* 2.1.3 Other USA city devastations/disasters

* 2.1.4 Other disasters in New Orleans

* 2.1.5 Other levee and flood disasters

* 2.1.6 Comparison to other evacuations/refugee crises

* 3 Preparations and expectations before landfall

* 3.1 Previous short term preparations and expectations

* 3.1.1 Advance weather forecasts

* 3.1.2 Transportation and infrastructure

* 3.2 Previous long term preparations and expectations

* 4 Evacuation

* 4.1 Louisiana Superdome

* 4.2 New Orleans Convention Center

* 4.3 Shelters in Texas

* 5 Local effects and aftermath

* 5.1 Death toll (summary)

* 5.2 Health concerns

* 5.3 Animal concerns

* 5.4 Accusations of price gouging

* 5.5 Disaster Response

* 5.6 Federal reponse

* 5.7 State and local government

* 5.7.1 Louisiana

* 5.7.2 New Orleans city government

* 5.8 U.S. states response

* 5.9 International response

* 5.10 Non-governmental charitable response

* 6 Effects outside the immediate region

* 6.1 Economic effects

* 6.2 Space Shuttle program

* 6.3 Internet

* 7 Political effects

* 7.1 Evacuation issues

* 7.2 Race and class issues

* 7.3 Government response issues

* 7.4 Environmental issues

* 8 Media involvement

* 8.1 Claims of restrictions on the media

* 9 See also

* 10 External links and sources