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US-Cuba Conference

By: Patrap, 6:17 PM GMT on November 24, 2009

Yesterday I was in attendance here in New Orleans for the US-Cuban Hurricane Conference.
It was a great day of sharing from folks who have been in many a fray, from General Russell Honore, to NHC Forecaster Lixion Avila, and many more..

The Center for International Policy Takes Pleasure in Inviting You to,

A Conference on U.S.-Cuban Cooperation in Defending Against Hurricanes To be held November 23, 2009, in New Orleans

The days Introduction was by Wayne S. Smith of the Center for International Policy.

Jose Rubiera,of the Cuban Meteorological Center
and NHC forecaster Lixion Avila of the U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami gave a stirring 45 minute talk on How the US and Cuba relays Hurricane Info between the two, and its much more involved and coordinated than I ever imagined it.

The Panel was Chaired by Jay Higginbotham, Archivist Emeritus of Mobile,Alabama.
His expertise was telling as he knew of the Long standing relationship between America, and also explained How and why the Cuban US relation is so Hurricane tracking.

Gen Russell Honore(ret.)taking notes during the conference yesterday.

The next panel was my favorite during the afternoon as it included folks from the actual Katrina Experience here.
It was composed Dagoberto Rodriguez Barrera, Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Relations
Lt.General (Ret) Russel Honore, Former Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina.
Lt. Col (Ret) Jerry Sneed, Director of Emergency Preparedness of Orleans Parish.
Ivor van Heerden, Founder of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center

..and Robert Turner, Director of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority.

The panel Chaired by Wayne Smith, Center for International Policy.

Gen Honore, who you may recall.. was the Gen who took the Chaos of New Orleans Post Katrina by the Horns and brought order, stability and a clear voice to direct the Huge relief effort.
The General spoke long and from his Heart on many issues, but what struck me most from his words was How one needs to PREPARE for a calamity ahead of time, and that all need a plan ,a Emergency Kit,and most of all,..he stressed the need to Help One another, especially the elderly and those with disabilities.

Others on that panel explained how the Cubans deal with preparedness by having a annual 2 Day Drill in May to prepare and actually move folks inland and up from the coast.
Lt. Col (Ret) Jerry Sneed, Director of Emergency Preparedness of Orleans Parish...spoke in depth on his Travels to Cuba recently and How impressed he was with their efforts to protect the Public.I spent a few minutes talking with the Former Marine, and we found some quick USMC realities we both shared.

Col.Sneed and Myself during a break yesterday at the Conference.

Dr. Ivor Van Heerden gave a great synopsis on How Katrina and Ike really showed us how powerful a Surge event can be. He also made time to answer questions from the Audience and I asked one myself.

I had the opportunity to spend quite a few minutes with him after the Day was done over some cocktails. When he speaks, one can only Listen as hes very knowledgeable about the Hurricane process and all it entails. I was fascinated by his words and really, it was the Highlight of my day at the conference.

Dr. Ivor Van Heerden from the LSU Hurricane Center

My Wife and I are very thankful to Randy Poindexter from "No Mas" in New Orleans for Inviting us to this important US Cuban conference.
She was integral as to making the day possible.

And, as the speakers wound down,Randy introduced me to the crowd and asked if I would speak informally to them.
I was surprised and spoke about my experience with writing on the wunderground Blogs and all that has transpired for my family since Katrina.
I also managed to explain how the wunderground facilitated the efforts that started here on the Blogs after Ike.
Apparently my words were well received,and I never expected to be the final closing remarks of the Conference.

After the panels and all were done we all were treated to cocktails and appetizers in the Stately Grand Oaks Mansion located on the site.

It was there where I had the opportunity to chat briefly with Lixion Avila the NHC forecaster.
We spoke about the demise of Quikscat and that was interesting, he feels that the other on orbit Sats Like ASCAT and others will augment he Quikscat Loss,and he also emphasized that at the end of the day,the NHC has many tools in their toolbox and losing one wont detract from the Human input, which is the tell all component..
I heartily agreed with Him.

NHC forecster Avila during the Conference yesterday

All in all it was a wunderful day of sharing,learning and I thank the Atlantic Philanthropies for their support which made this conference possible.


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Leslie Jacobs Joins Race For Mayor,NOLA

By: Patrap, 1:35 AM GMT on November 13, 2009

Leslie Jacobs Joins Race For Mayor
Former BESE Member Running For City's Top Post

UPDATED: 9:29 am CST November 18, 2009

Leslie Jacobs Joins Race For Mayo

Leslie Jacobs is the latest candidate to officially throw her name in the ring to become mayor of New Orleans.

At a meet and greet Tuesday night with local entrepreneurs, Jacobs made one thing clear when it comes to the mayor's race in 2010.

"This is going to be a different kind of election," said Jacobs, a former member of the Orleans Parish School Board and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

And the way Jacobs is launching her campaign for the city's top elected office is anything but usual. Instead of a podium and stump speech, she's sending out blasts through Facebook, Twitter and her Web site as well as running a round of TV spots.

"It is by design. I don't want to be in a ballroom surrounded by my supporters. I wanted to talk to real New Orleanians," Jacobs said.

Political pundits said the unconventional launch could be big.

"Last year, Barack Obama got traction and used social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, so I think if you use those things, it's a good signal to have," said political analyst Errol Laborde.

Jacobs is the latest candidate in what is shaping up to be a crowded field. Businessman John Georges entered the race a few weeks ago. Also in are former Judge Nadine Ramsey, state Sen. Ed Murray, attorney James Perry, businessman Troy Henry and comedian Jonah Bascle.

Jacobs said she plans to outdistance the pack.

"We all want the same things -- safe streets, better schools and honorable government," Jacobs said.

The election for mayor is Feb. 6.

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Weathermen & D-Day June 6 1944

By: Patrap, 4:39 PM GMT on November 12, 2009

D-Day and Group Captain J.M. Stagg

Surface Map,D-Day June 6,1944

D-Day Operation Overlord Weather

Group Captain John Stagg was appointed chief meteorologist to SHAEF in November 1943 to co-ordinate ‘the meteorological arrangements for disseminating weather information and advice to the naval, army, and air forces, US and British under the Supreme Allied Commander’s control. Each of the forces already had its own forecasters, but Stagg’s job was to analyse their predictions and present the overall picture in a succinct form. His deputy was Colonel Donald N. Yates of the USAAF. Stagg travelled to Portsmouth from ‘Widewing’ on Sunday, May 28, where he and Yates shared office space with Admiral Ramsey’s chief weather officer, Instructor Commander John Fleming in a Nissen hut behind Southwick House.

Group Captain John Stagg

Meteorological requirements for the assault
Navy. Surface winds- not exceeding Force 3 (8-12mph) on shore, Force 4 (13-18mph) off shore during D-Day to D+2 (Force 5 bearable in open sea but for limited periods only.)
No prolonged periods of high winds in the Atlantic causing substantial swell in the Channel.
Visibility- not less than 3 miles.
Air Force. Air Transport. Cloud ceiling at least 2,500ft to and over target. Visibility 3 miles at least.
Heavy Bombers. Not more than 5/10ths cloud below 5,000ft, cloud ceiling not below 11,000ft over target.
Medium and Light Bombers. Cloud ceiling not less than 4,500ft over target, visibility at least 3 miles.
Fighters and Fighter Bombers. Cloud base not less than 1,000ft.
Bases. Cloud not below 1,000ft.
Army. Airborne Landings. Surface wind over target area not to exceed 20mph and not gusty. Half moonlight at least.
Ground Forces. Ground dry enough to take heavy vehicles off the main roads.
Procedure. January 1944: Directors of Meteorological Service for Air Ministry: Royal Navy, United States Forces and Chief Meteorological Officer at SHAEF began joint consultations. They devised a routine procedure each week for issuing a forecast for a period of five days. i.e. for five days ahead.
First conference February 1944 (from mid-April conferences everyday). They found after the first conferences that it was extremely difficult to predict more than 2 or 3 days ahead. During May (when the weather was mainly settled) the experts forecast 18 days on which the weather was suitable for Invasion.
Final Conferences
Sunday, May 28th. Meteorological report to Supreme Commander that the ‘mainly quiet wind conditions would continue during the coming week’. (Risk of a gale seemed rather small.)
Monday, May 29th. Meeting with Supreme Commander etc. At Portsmouth. 1000hrs. Forecast for the five days up to June 2nd. Mainly quiet wind conditions- not more than Force 4- except for wind of Force 5 in western Channel on last two days of the period. Variable cloud conditions average 5/10-7/10 but increasing. Risk of deterioration.
Wednesday, May 31st, 0830hrs. ACS/G3 SHAEF (General Bull) was advised that prospects were not favourable for weather after Sunday, June 4th. ‘There were indications that the Azores high pressure area was beginning to show signs of weakness; but no evidence yet that the wind would exceed Force 4.’
Friday, June 2nd, 1000hrs. (With Supreme Commander etc.) ‘ There is now indication that the present that the relatively quiet weather may end Tuesday.’ Winds will be westerly mainly not above Force 4 but Force 5 at times especially in western Channel on Monday 5th, and Tuesday 6th. Cloud conditions-variable-7/10-10/10 early morning. Visibility-moderate to good but risk of fog patches.
Friday, June 2nd, 2130hrs. No substantial change. Eisenhower enquired whether improvement likely for the 6th or 7th. Reply-No: in fact danger of Force 5 winds on the 6th. Cloud conditions poor with periods of 10/10 at 1,000ft.
Saturday, June 3rd, 0830hrs. Bull was advised: no improvement-risk of Force 5 winds now forecast for Monday and even late Sunday. Cloud forecast uncertain-most likely 7/10-10/10 base 1,000ft.
Saturday, June 3rd, 2130hrs. (Supreme Commander etc.) ‘The high pressure area over the Azores is rapidly giving way and a series of depressions across the Atlantic is moving rapidly eastward; these depressions will produce disturbed conditions in the Channel and assault area. Winds will be W-SW, Force 5 on the English coast, Force 3-4 on the French coast from early Sunday until a cold front trough passes. That passage is timed to be sometime on Wednesday, June 7th. From Sunday morning onwards, cloud will be mainly 10/10 with base 500-1,000ft in the morning hours. Visibility will be mainly 3-4 miles but there is a risk of fog spreading from the West up the Channel. After Monday, this risk of fog will decrease. During Wednesday, a front associated with a depression now off Nova Scotia and New England will probably pass through the assault area. Conditions over enemy buses on Monday will, on the whole, be better than over bases in England which were likely to be blanketed with 10/10 cloud at 500-1,000ft.’
Nevertheless, Eisenhower commented that the situation seemed slightly better since the previous night but the experts replied that ‘the balance has now swung too far to the unfavourable side for it to be counteracted.’

Following the presentation of this information the assault was provisionally postponed for 24 hours.

Sunday, June 4th, 1415hrs. (Supreme Commander Etc) No new evidence- the only small change is that the front which was expected to clear the Channel areas of low clouds “during Wednesday” is now expected in the first part of Wednesday. Winds will be Force five in the channel from Monday morning onwards: cloud 10/10 at 500-1000ft from Sunday –Tuesday. Postponement confirmed.
Sunday, June 4th, 1745hrs. Bull was advised that ‘there has been a substantial change in the situation since the early morning. It is now likely that there will be a fair interval starting about midday today and lasting till about dawn on Tuesday. During this fair interval, and particularly from Monday evening to Tuesday morning, cloud amounts will probably be substantially smaller than given in the forecast this morning: winds will also moderate temporarily, particularly on Monday night and at first on Tuesday. A deterioration will probably set in again during Tuesday; weather on subsequent days will continue unsettled and disturbed.’
Sunday, June 4th, 2100hrs. “Since the statement made before the meeting on Saturday evening, there have been some rapid and unexpected developments in the weather situation over the Atlantic. A front from one of the deep depression in the NW Atlantic has moved much further south than was expected and is now traversing the channel areas. It is almost over Portsmouth now and will clear the eastern Channel, at least on the English side, overnight. When that front has passed there will be an interval of fair conditions which, from evidence we now have, should last at least until dawn on Tuesday”.
Wind Speeds by Monday evening should decrease to Force 3-4 on the French coast and cloud will become mainly less than 5/10 with base 2,000-3,000ft. After the interval, lasting until Tuesday morning, cloud will probably increase to 8/10-10/10 from the West during Tuesday afternoon and will continue so over Tuesday night’
‘Wind will be mainly Force 4 on the English Channel coasts and Force 3-4 on French Channel coasts; in sheltered stretches of the French Channel coast, period of Force 2-3 could be expected. Wind direction throughout will be westerly.’
In reply to Eisenhower, the experts said: ‘Considering the time of the year and the evidence we now have, there is reasonable prospect of the weather slowly improving after Friday if the present trend continues.’
In reply to Leigh-Mallory, they said that ‘good though not uninterrupted conditions for visual bombing for heavy and medium bombers could be expected from Monday evening till early forenoon Tuesday.’

Provisional instruction given for assault on Tuesday, June 6th.

Monday, June 5th, 0415hrs. No substantial changes in information given at previous evening’s meeting.
‘The fair interval had now begun in Portsmouth and will probably last into the forenoon of Tuesday. During this interval, cloud will be mainly less than 5/10 with base 2,500-3,000 ft. Wind on the beaches in the invasion area will not exceed Force 3 in this interval and will be westerly. Visibility will be good.’
‘During Tuesday, clouds will very probably increase again, from the West, giving a period of overcast sky with cloud base at about 1,000 ft in the assault area later in the day. These cloud conditions will continue overnight Tuesday-Wednesday. Winds will be westerly Force 4 on the English coast and mainly Force 3 on the French coast’

‘Conditions will probably continue unsettled after Tuesday and it is difficult to time the changes... The situation even after Wednesday must continue to be regarded as disturbed: a quiet settled spell cannot be expected to start immediately after such an intensely disturbed situation. But the time of year suggests that changes after Wednesday may be expected to be in the direction of improvement rather than renewed and further deterioration to the present intensity.’

Following this presentation, the final and irrevocable decision was made to launch the assault on Tuesday, June 6th.

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The D-Day invasion of World War II, codenamed Operation Overlord, began on June 6, 1944. The assault was originally planned for June 5th. However, due to poor weather General Dwight Eisenhower decided to move the date of the invasion to the 6th. It was among the largest amphibious assaults ever attempted. Following are some quotes from that historic day.

"We want to get the hell over there. The quicker we clean up this Goddamned mess, the quicker we can take a little jaunt against the purple pissing Japs and clean out their nest, too. Before the Goddamned Marines get all of the credit." ~ General George S. Patton, Jr (This politically incorrect speech was given to Patton's troops on June 5, 1944.)

"There is one great thing that you men will all be able to say after this war is over and you are home once again. You may be thankful that twenty years from now when you are sitting by the fireplace with your grandson on your knee and he asks you what you did in the great World War II, you WON'T have to cough, shift him to the other knee and say, Well, your Granddaddy shoveled shit in Louisiana. No, Sir, you can look him straight in the eye and say, Son, your Granddaddy rode with the Great Third Army and a Son-of-a-Goddamned-Bitch named Georgie Patton!" ~ General George S. Patton, Jr (This speech was delivered to Patton's troops on June 5, 1944)

"Rangers, Lead The Way!" ~ Colonel Francis W. Dawson on the occasion of the Normandy Invasion, 1944

You will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely....The free men of the world are marching together to victory. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory. Good luck, and let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking." ~General Dwight D. Eisenhower giving the D-Day order on June 6, 1944.

As a 21-year-old infantryman, Charles Durning, one America's premier character actors, was among the first wave of men to land on Omaha Beach during World War II. In this exclusive video clip introduced by Tom Hanks, Durning talks about his war experiences for which he was awarded three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star. From 2007

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Veterans Day 2009

By: Patrap, 11:38 PM GMT on November 09, 2009

Tom Hanks gives a wunderful explanation of your WW-2 Museum here.

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Hurricane Preparation

By: Patrap, 6:23 PM GMT on November 04, 2009

It's time to dust off that family disaster plan, or in many cases, create one.

Keeping your family safe during a hurricane starts with proper planning. One in six Americans live along the eastern seaboard or the Gulf of Mexico, making hurricane preparation a must for many and their families.

Evacuation Considerations for the Elderly, Disabled and Special Medical Care Issues

Your Evacuation Plan

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History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.


Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. But remember this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

You should be able to answer the following questions before a hurricane threatens:

What are the Hurricane Hazards?
What does it mean to you?
What actions should you take to be prepared?

Hurricanes and Your Health and Safety

* The great majority of injuries during a hurricane are cuts caused by flying glass or other debris. Other injuries include puncture wounds resulting from exposed nails, metal, or glass, and bone fractures.
* State and local health departments may issue health advisories or recommendations particular to local conditions. If in doubt, contact your local or state health department.
* Make sure to include all essential medications -- both prescription and over the counter -- in your family's emergency disaster kit.

* Hurricanes, especially if accompanied by a tidal surge or flooding, can contaminate the public water supply. Drinking contaminated water may cause illness. You cannot assume that the water in the hurricane-affected area is safe to drink.
* In the area hit by a hurricane, water treatment plants may not be operating; even if they are, storm damage and flooding can contaminate water lines. Listen for public announcements about the safety of the municipal water supply.
* If your well has been flooded, it needs to be tested and disinfected after the storm passes and the floodwaters recede. Questions about testing should be directed to your local or state health department.

Water Safety

* Use bottled water that has not been exposed to flood waters if it is available.
* If you don't have bottled water, you should boil water to make it safe. Boiling water will kill most types of disease-causing organisms that may be present. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for boiling. Boil the water for one minute, let it cool, and store it in clean containers with covers.
* If you can't boil water, you can disinfect it using household bleach. Bleach will kill some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms that may be in the water. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for disinfection. Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water, stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it. Store disinfected water in clean containers with covers.
* If you have a well that has been flooded, the water should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agriculture extension agent for specific advice.

Food Safety

* Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water.
* Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water. Food containers that are not waterproof include those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps. Also, discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.
* Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling; leakage; punctures; holes; fractures; extensive deep rusting; or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel-type can opener.
* Undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and retort pouches (for example, flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches) can be saved if you do the following:
o Remove the labels, if they are the removable kind, since they can harbor dirt and bacteria.
o Thoroughly wash the cans or retort pouches with soap and water, using hot water if it is available.
o Brush or wipe away any dirt or silt.
o Rinse the cans or retort pouches with water that is safe for drinking, if lable, since dirt or residual soap will reduce the effectiveness of chlorine sanitation.
o Then, sanitize them by immersion in one of the two following ways:
+ place in water and allow the water to come to a boil and continue boiling for 2 minutes, or
+ place in a freshly-made solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available) for 15 minutes.
* Air dry cans or retort pouches for a minimum of 1 hour before opening or storing.
* If the labels were removable, then re-label your cans or retort pouches, including the expiration date (if available), with a marker.
* Food in reconditioned cans or retort pouches should be used as soon as possible, thereafter.
* Any concentrated baby formula in reconditioned, all-metal containers must be diluted with clean, drinking water.
* Thoroughly wash metal pans, ceramic dishes, and utensils (including can openers) with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, and then sanitize them by boiling in clean water or immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available).
* Thoroughly wash countertops with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, and then sanitize by applying a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available). Allow to air dry.

Frozen and Refrigerated Foods

* If you will be without power for a long period:
o ask friends to store your frozen foods in their freezers if they have electricity;
o see if freezer space is available in a store, church, school, or commercial freezer that has electrical service; or
o use dry ice, if available. Twenty-five pounds of dry ice will keep a ten-cubic-foot freezer below freezing for 3-4 days. Use care when handling dry ice, and wear dry, heavy gloves to avoid injury.
* Your refrigerator will keep foods cool for about four hours without power if it is unopened. Add block or dry ice to your refrigerator if the electricity will be off longer than four hours.
* Thawed food can usually be eaten if it is still "refrigerator cold," or re-frozen if it still contains ice crystals.
* To be safe, remember, "When in doubt, throw it out." Discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.

Sanitation and Hygiene

It is critical for you to remember to practice basic hygiene during the emergency period. Always wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected:

* before preparing or eating
* after toilet use
* after participating in cleanup activities; and
* after handling articles contaminated with floodwater or sewage.

If there is flooding along with a hurricane, the waters may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems and agricultural and industrial waste. Although skin contact with floodwater does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, there is risk of disease from eating or drinking anything contaminated with floodwater.

If you have any open cuts or sores that will be exposed to floodwater, keep them as clean as possible by washing them with soap and applying an antibiotic ointment to discourage infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.

Do not allow children to play in floodwater areas. Wash children's hands frequently (always before meals), and do not allow children to play with floodwater-contaminated toys that have not been disinfected. You can disinfect toys using a solution of one cup of bleach in five gallons of water.


Outbreaks of communicable diseases after hurricanes are unusual. However, the rates of diseases that were present before a hurricane may increase because of a lack of sanitation or overcrowding in shelters. Increases in infectious diseases that were not present before the hurricane are not a problem, so mass vaccination programs are unnecessary.

If you have wounds, you should be evaluated for a tetanus immunization, just as you would at any other time of injury. If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil, or saliva, have a doctor or health department determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary based on individual records.

Specific recommendations for vaccinations should be made on a case-by-case basis, or as determined by local and state health departments.


Rain and flooding in a hurricane area may lead to an increase in mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset. In most cases, the mosquitoes will be pests but will not carry communicable diseases. It is unlikely that diseases which were not present in the area prior to the hurricane would be of concern. Local, state, and federal public health authorities will be actively working to control the spread of any mosquito-borne diseases.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, use screens on dwellings, and wear clothes with long sleeves and long pants. Insect repellents that contain DEET are very effective. Be sure to read all instructions before using DEET. Care must be taken when using DEET on small children. Products containing DEET are available from stores and through local and state health departments.

To control mosquito populations, drain all standing water left in open containers outside your home.

Mental Health

The days and weeks after a hurricane are going to be rough. In addition to your physical health, you need to take some time to consider your mental health as well. Remember that some sleeplessness, anxiety, anger, hyperactivity, mild depression, or lethargy are normal, and may go away with time. If you feel any of these symptoms acutely, seek counseling. Remember that children need extra care and attention before, during, and after the storm. Be sure to locate a favorite toy or game for your child before the storm arrives to help maintain his/her sense of security. Your state and local health departments will help you find the local resources, including hospitals or health care providers, that you may need.

Seeking Assistance after a Hurricane

SEEKING DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Throughout the recovery period, it is important to monitor local radio or television reports and other media sources for information about where to get emergency housing, food, first aid, clothing, and financial assistance. The following section provides general information about the kinds of assistance that may be available.

DIRECT ASSISTANCE: Direct assistance to individuals and families may come from any number of organizations, including: the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other volunteer organizations. These organizations provide food, shelter, supplies and assist in clean-up efforts.

THE FEDERAL ROLE: In the most severe disasters, the federal government is also called in to help individuals and families with temporary housing, counseling (for post-disaster trauma), low-interest loans and grants, and other assistance. The federal government also has programs that help small businesses and farmers.

Most federal assistance becomes available when the President of the United States declares a Major Disaster for the affected area at the request of a state governor. FEMA will provide information through the media and community outreach about federal assistance and how to apply.

Coping after a Hurricane Everyone who sees or experiences a hurricane is affected by it in some way. It is normal to feel anxious about your own safety and that of your family and close friends. Profound sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event. Acknowledging your feelings helps you recover. Focusing on your strengths and abilities helps you heal. Accepting help from community programs and resources is healthy. Everyone has different needs and different ways of coping. It is common to want to strike back at people who have caused great pain. Children and older adults are of special concern in the aftermath of disasters. Even individuals who experience a disaster �second hand� through exposure to extensive media coverage can be affected.

Contact local faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies, or professional counselors for counseling. Additionally, FEMA and state and local governments of the affected area may provide crisis counseling assistance.

Minimize this emotional and traumatic experience by being prepared, not scared and therefore you and your family will stay in control and survive a major hurricane.


* Difficulty communicating thoughts.
* Difficulty sleeping.
* Difficulty maintaining balance in their lives.
* Low threshold of frustration.
* Increased use of drugs/alcohol.
* Limited attention span.
* Poor work performance.
* Headaches/stomach problems.
* Tunnel vision/muffled hearing.
* Colds or flu-like symptoms.
* Disorientation or confusion.
* Difficulty concentrating.
* Reluctance to leave home.
* Depression, sadness.
* Feelings of hopelessness.
* Mood-swings and easy bouts of crying.
* Overwhelming guilt and self-doubt.
* Fear of crowds, strangers, or being alone.


* Talk with someone about your feelings - anger, sorrow, and other emotions - even though it may be difficult.
* Seek help from professional counselors who deal with post-disaster stress.
* Do not hold yourself responsible for the disastrous event or be frustrated because you feel you cannot help directly in the rescue work.
* Take steps to promote your own physical and emotional healing by healthy eating, rest, exercise, relaxation, and meditation.
* Maintain a normal family and daily routine, limiting demanding responsibilities on yourself and your family.
* Spend time with family and friends.
* Participate in memorials.
* Use existing support groups of family, friends, and religious institutions.
* Ensure you are ready for future events by restocking your disaster supplies kits and updating your family disaster plans.

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Dedication and more..

By: Patrap, 5:53 AM GMT on November 02, 2009

..previous entry,."New Hope,New Beginning"

ABC Local 26 Story on today

The Honorable Adrian J. Duplantier Girls Hope Home

Mass of Thanksgiving

Dedication and Blessing

Sunday November 1,2009

The Girls Hope Home in New Orleans Had its Mass and House Blessing Sunday Morning as we celebrated the opening of the newly constructed Home for the Girls. The Old Home was completely destroyed in August 2005 from Hurricane Katrina .
Many friends,and contributors and contractors as well as Visiting Board Members and Girls Hope Boys Hope Alumni attended.

After Mass,the ribbon Cutting was held,then food and refreshment was provided by Deanie's Seafood from the French Quarter. After the House Blessing a complete tour and party ensued.
The cake provided was wunderful and tasty,.
All the contractors,donors were acknowledge around the Home in a nice manner with cards displaying Dozens.

Overall..its was a perfect Beginning and a full circle closed from The floodwater's of the Hurricane.

Holy Water Blessed this Great New Addition,Restored to Mid-City and may it stand to remind us all,that Goodness,tenacity and cooperation can build new Hope and New dreams here...with the Spirit and Kindness shared by all.

Cory Howat speaking and gave a History of how the Home came to be and who all contributed. Many companies and organizations were mentioned.

Local CBS anchor Lucy Bustamante spoke as well.

The Study center with New ComPuters and work stations.

The new Kitchen area.

The Girls Hope Group Pic with Current Residents,and Alumni from College.

More of the Home

The Lady In the Garden today as Her Home became a Full Home again.

Thanks for Sharing along with the rebuilding and Dedication of the Girls Hope Home in New Orleans.

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Dedication and more..

By: Patrap, 5:33 AM GMT on November 02, 2009

The Girls Hope Home in New Orleans Had its dedication and Mass Sunday Morning as we celebrated the opening of the newly constructed Home for the Girls. The Old Home was completely destroyed in August 2005 from Hurricane Katrina .
Many friends,and contributors and contractors as well as Visiting Board Members and Girls Hope Boys Hope Alumni as well.
After Mass and the ribbon Cutting was held,food and refreshment was provided by Deanie's Seafood from the French Quarter. After the Hose Blessing a complete tour and party ensued.
The cake provided was wunderful as well.
All the contractors,donors were acknowledge around the Home in a nice manner as well.

Overall..its was a perfect Beginning and a full circle closed from The floodwater's of the Hurricane.

Holy Water Blessed this Great New Addition,Restored to Mid-City and may it stand to remind us all,that Goodness,tenacity and cooperation can build new Hope and New dreams here...with the Spirit and Kindness shared by all.

Cory Howat speaking and gave a History of how the Home came to be and who all contributed. Many companies and organizations were mentioned.

Local CBS anchor Lucy Bustamante spoke as well.

The Study center with New ComPuters and work stations.

The new Kitchen area.

The Girls Hope Group Pic with Current Residents,and Alumni from College.

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