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U.S.

Department of Homeland Security


500 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20472

JUN 3 0 2006
Ms. Melanie Sloan
FEMA
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
11 DuPont circle
N.W ., 2ndFloor
Washington, DC 20036

RE: Freedom of Information Act Request


FOIA Case Number: 05-263

Dear Ms. Sloan:

This letter is a partial response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated
September 7,2005. In your request you asked for the following records/information:

What portion of the $3.1 billion appropriated to DHS in fiscal year 2005 for
emergency preparedness to "support the Nation's ability to prepare for, mitigate
against, respond to and recover from natural and manmade disasters" was spent to
prepare for potential hurricanes on the Gulf Coast of the United States and on
potential flooding in New Orleans;
The amount of money diverted from emergency preparedness for and response to
natural disasters to emergency preparedness for and response to acts of terrorism
and the rationale behind any such diversion;
Studies, assessments, presentations, or scenarios of the potential devastation a
powerful hurricane could wreak on the Gulf Coast, including, but not limited to
the eight-day tabletop exercise conducted in July 2004 and intended to prepare
FEMA for a catastrophic hurricane in New Orleans;
Plans created regarding the federal government's response to any such scenarios;
The potential breaching of the levees that would lead to Lake Pontchartrain
flooding New Orleans and the response to such breaches; and
Communications from anyone employed by or associated with the Army Corps of
Engineers regarding the problems with and weakness of the levees surrounding
New Orleans, the potential breaching of the levees and the consequences of such
breaches, as well as proposed repairs or other construction to the levees.

In addition, your letter stated that "CREW further seeks all memoranda, communications
and records of any kind and from any source, regardless of format, medium, or physical
characteristics, from August 26,2005 through the present, discussing or mentioning in
any way:

1. Requests for emergency assistance from local government officials in Mississippi


and Louisiana in response to Hurricane Katrina;
2. Requests from local government officials in Mississippi and Louisiana for
assistance in preparing for Hurricane Katrina, including, but not limited to
communications requesting assistance in evacuating residents of Mississippi and
Louisiana from the areas in the hurricane's path;
Communications between the White House and FEMA regarding the preparation
for and response to the damage caused by hurricane Katrina;
Communications regarding the conditions in the New Orleans Convention Center;
Communications regarding the need for transportation to evacuate victims of the
hurricane from the city of New Orleans as well as communications regarding the
need for food and water for victims stranded in New Orleans;
Communications from Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr. (R-LA) requesting
federal assistance and any response to Congressman Boustany;
Communications regarding offers by corporations and foreign governments to
assist the victims of the Hurricane Katrina and FEMA's responses to such offers;
Communications between FEMA Director Michael Brown and cabinet officials
either before or after the hurricane regarding the potential and actual devastation
wrought by the hurricane and the federal government's response to the
devastation;
Communications regarding the plan to evacuate victims of the hurricane to
Charleston, South Carolina and the misrouting of the plane carrying the evacuees
to Charleston, West Virginia;
10. Communications regarding the deployment of the National Guard to New Orleans
to assist in evacuation and relief efforts;
11. Communications regarding the inclusion of Operation Blessing, a Virginia based
charity run by evangelist and Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson, on
FEMA's primary list of charities to which people were asked to donate money to
assist hurricane relief efforts; and
12. Communications regarding the limitations placed on journalists and
photographers, including, but not limited to, efforts to prevent photographers from
talung pictures of the corpses of hurricane victims in Louisiana and Mississippi.

In responding to a FOIA request, the US Department of Homeland Security


(DHS)/Fedei-a1Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) search will include
responsive records in its control on the date the search began. FEMA's search began
September 24,2005.

Your request is granted in part at no cost to you. Enclosed are releasable portions of
documents that are responsive to item numbers 2 , 4 and 5 of the second part of your
request. After thorough legal review of these documents, I have determined that portions
of them are exempt from disclosure under exemptions 2 and 6 of the Freedom of
Information Act of 1974,5 U.S.C. 552, (b)(2) and (6), as amended. We are releasing a
total of 96 pages, all of which are released in part.

We are withholding Government cell phone numbers under FOIA Exemption 2 ("High
2"). FOIA Exemption 2 ("High 2") protects information applicable to internal
administrative and personnel matters, to the extent that disclosure would risk
circumvention of an agency regulation or statute, impede the effectiveness of an agency's
activities, or reveal sensitive information that may put the security and safety of an
agency activity or employee at risk.

We are withholding names of non-DHS personnel, personal cell phone numbers, non-
government phone numbers, and non-FEMA email addresses under FOIA Exemption 6.
Exemption 6 exempts from disclosure records the release of which would cause a clearly
unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. The interest of the general public in reviewing
these portions of government documents does not outweigh the individuals' right to
privacy. The release of this information adds no detail about agency activities, the core
purpose of the FOIA.

I am the official responsible for this determination; <Youmay appeal this determination
within 60 days from the date of this letter. Your appeal should include copies of your
original request and this response, as well as a discussion of the reasons supporting your
appeal. The envelope should be plainly marked to indicate that it contains a Freedom of
Information Act appeal. If you decide to appeal,,please send your appeal to:

Freedom of Information ActRrivacy Act Appeals


U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane, SW, Building 410
Washington, DC 20528

FEMA will continue to search for additional documents that may be responsive to your
request. Because of the broad scope of your request, responsive records may be located
at various offices within FEMA. Each office will respond via separate correspondence
with their respective records.

~ o r ~ oinformation,
ur your FOIA request including your identity, the information made
available, is releasable to the public under subsequent FOIA requests. In response to
these requests, FEMA does not release personal privacy information, such as home
address, telephone numbers or Social Security Numbers all of which are protected from
disclosure under FOIA exemption 6.

Thank you for your interest in FEMA's programs and policies.

Sincerely,

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UNCLASSWIED/FOUO

HSOC SPOT REP

All assets have ceased operations until National Guard can assist TFs
with security. Staging site areas are as follows:

- Camp Shelby, MS

- Gulfport City Hall

- Zephyr Field

TFs are running low on food and water. Coordination was made with
ESF06 to fid out if provisions were available, and the possible
location. We don't have information on when they will be made
available.

UNCLASS~IED/F'OUO
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Hurricane Katrina
NDMS Assets as of 09/08/05 24:00:00 EDT
FEMA
ITS Mapping &Analysis Center
Washington,DC
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DMAT $L-5
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DMAT OA-3 TX
TX, Houston, Astrodome
DM AT CO-2MMRTC

DMAT MN-1 DMAT TN-1 (not full team)


DMAT NY-4 (not f d l team) LA, Jefferson Parish, Jefferson East Hospital
DMAT PA-2 Strike Team DMAT RI- 1 Legend
IMSuRT East LA, Jefferson Parish, Jefferson West Hospital
DMAT TX-3Strike Team DM AT NY-2
DM AT NM- 1 DMAT MN-1 Snike Team @ NDMS Assets
LA, Baton Rouge, LA State Vet, LA, Jefferson Parish, Ochsner Hospital
LSU Campus DMAT SC- 1
VMAT 1 LA, Metalrle, USAR Support to Zephyr Field
VMAT 5 DMATOHd . LA, St. Gabriel
LA, New Orleans, New Orleans Airport DMORT 6
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IMSuRT West LA, New Orleans, Kindred Hospital DMAT HI- 1 Strike Team
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DMAT OH-l + cache DMAT $3 + Cache
DMAT TN-1 Strike Team DMAT MO-1 DMAT h%f-2 Legend
DM AT TN- 1 LA, Jefferson Parish, Jefferson Parlsh Feed Store
DMAT NY-4 (-) VMAT 5
DMAT PA-2 Strike Team
IMSURT-E
DMAT TX-3 Strike Team
DMAT NM- 1
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LA, Jefferson Parish, East Jefferson Hospital
DMAT RI-I
DMAT KY-1
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DMAT NY-2
DMAT MN- 1 Strike Team
LA, St. Gabdel,
DMORT 6
DMORT 7
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LA, Jefferson Parish, Ocshner Hospital
DMORT 8
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DMORT FACG r 9 When No Longer Needed
DMAT S C 1 DPMU West
DMAT OA-4 Strike Team IMSuRT-E2 Strike Team
On Alert LA, Metalrie, Zephyr Field LA, Thibodaux, Nlcholls State
DMAT NY-2B DMAT OH-6 DMAT OK-1
DMAT CA-9 LA, St. Bernard Island DMAT MN-1
IMSuRT South VMAT Strike 1 LA, Plaquemines Parish
IMSuRT West LA, St. Bernard Parish DMAT HI-I Strike Team Map Not Shown to Scale
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LA, Jefferson Parish, Ocshner Hospital Legend
DMAT OA-4 Strike Team
DMAT SC-I
DMAT TN-1
LA, Metairle, Zephyr Field
LA, S t Bernard arish
DMAT AZ-1 @ NDMS Assets
DMAT OH-6Strike Team LA, St. Gabriel
LA, New Orleans, New Orleans Afrport DMAT CA-6 Strike Team
DMAT TX-1 Strike Team LA, S t Gabriel, Morgue
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DMAT AL-3
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DMATAR-I(-)(only 2 members) DMORT 7
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DMAT CA-9 DMAT CA-6 bPMU West
NMRT West DMAT FL-3 +cache LA, Thibodaux, Nicholls State
DMAT NY-2B DMAT MA-2 DMAT MN-1 (-)
MSuRT South LA, New Orleans, Kindred Hospital LA, Plaquemines Parlsh Map Not Shown to Scale
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DMAT KY- 1
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DMAT CA-9 LA, Metairie, Zephyr Meld DPMU West
NMRT West DMAT OH-6 Strike Team LA, Thibodaux, Nlcholls State
DMAT NY.2B LA, New Orleans, New Orleans Alrport DMAT MN-1 (-)
IMSuRT South DMAT AL-3 LA, Plaquemines Parish
IMSuRT West DMAT PA-3 DMAT HI-1 Strike Team
Louisiana Teams Redeployed LA, New Orleans, Klndred Hospital Map Not Shown to Scale
for Hurricane Ophelia DMAT CA-11
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Hurricane Katrina
NDMS Assets as of 09/12/05 24:00:00 EDT

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Washington, DC
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09113/05 03:48:00 EDT

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LA, Baton Rouge, LSU Vet Campus
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DMAT AK-1 Strike Team
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3MAT CA-9
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VMAT 1 Strike Team DM AT MN- 1 (-)
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LA, New Orleans, Khdred Hospltal DMAT HI- 1 Strike Team
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Washington, DC
09/15/05 23:1S:OO EDT
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Hurricane Katrina
FEMA Support Headquarters
Baton Rouge, LA
5 Sept 2005

More than 66,000 people have been evacuated by local, state and Federal
responders from the State of Louisiana
As of 5 Sept 2005, approximately 61,101 people are actively working on
the recovery effort in the Area of Responsibility in response to
Hurricane Katrina.
There are 51,361 military personnel which have been committed to the
effort. This includes:
o 34,845 National Guard personnel
o 9,316 Federal military personnel already in the Area of
Responsibility
o 7,200 additional Federal military personnel have been
committed and are currently en route
There are 9,740 other personnel committed to this effort
o 5,158 FEMA responders
o 4,000 Coast Guard
o 582 Federal Law Enforcement
The New Orleans Superdome and the New Orleans Convention Center
have been completely evacuated. All New Orleans hospitals have now
been evacuated with patients safely moved to other medical facilities.

There are 155,397 people from Louisiana who have evacuated and are
safely housed in shelters.
o 48,857 people are sheltered in 159 shelters in Louisiana.
o An additional 109,540 people who are located in out-of-state
shelters.
Three cruise ships with a combined capacity of 7,500 beds are being
deployed with first priority given to elderly people. Two ships will be
berthed in Galveston, Texas; one in Mobile, Alabama.
Over nine million liters of water have been distributed in Louisiana.
Just under six million meals-ready-to-eat have been distributed in
Louisiana.
Of the 11 refineries in Louisiana which had ceased operations, nine are
now operating on at least a partial basis.
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To:
Subject: RE: Talking points 9/2

KATRINA TALKING POINTS


9-2-05 UPDATE

KEY-MESSAGES:

FEMA continues with our first priority of life saving efforts, with resources being directed to
those with the most urgent needs.

FEMA continues to push out critical commodities to the impacted areas, including meals
ready to eat, water, ice, medical supplies and generators.

This is truly the perfect storm. Hurricane Katrina's blow to the Gulf States destroying
thousands of homes and businesses, was followed by a second disaster, that of a great
flood. The devastation from the storm stretches 90,000 square miles across the Gulf
States.

We ask for patience - though we understand how difficult and emotionally stressful your
situation may be - as we work 24-hours a day doing all we can to help the victims of this
catastrophic disaster get into a safe and stable place.

This is a time for our nation to band together and lend a helping hand to our fellow
citizens. The outpouring of offers of goods, services and cash donations to the response
effort have been overwheirning, demonstrating the humanity in the wake of disaster.

Life Saving Efforts:

Twenty Eight Urban Search and Rescue task forces have been deployed. Eighteen task
forces (nearly 1,800 personnel) are currently engaged in rescue operations in Mississippi
and Louisiana. Eight swift water teams from California are also deployed and in Louisiana
conducting search and rescue missions.

More than 4,800 rescues have been reported by search and rescue units.

US. Coast Guard (USCG) ships, boats and aircraft are assisting with rescues and
recovery and have rescued approximately 3,000 people.

Medical Resources:

Fifty-seven teams from the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) have been
deployed. (44 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams, 4 Veterinary Medical Assistance
Teams, 4 Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams, 1 Mental Health, and 1 National
Medical Response Teams).

Seven NDMS Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) and 3 strike teams are
supporting New Orleans medical facilities and hospitals not fully operational as a result of
Hurricane Katrina, as well as setting up Mash style tents.

Five NDMS DMATs and 5 strike teams are working in medical facilities and hospitals in
Gulfport, Biloxi and other areas of Mississippi.

DMATs have truckloads of medical equipment and supplies with them and are trained to
handle trauma, pediatrics, surgery and mental health problems.

NDMS has also identified 2,600 hospital beds in a 12-state area around the affected area
and is working with DOD and the Veteran's Administration to move patients from the
affected areas to these facilities.

HHS, VA, DOD and NDMS are working in the public health and medical areas and are
working on establishing temporary MASH style facilities for the ambulatory and non-
ambulatory cases.

Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams have also been deployed to provide medical care to
pets and livestock, as well as provide any needed veterinary medical care for rescue dogs.

Commodities:
-

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is providing food at shelters and mass feeding sites
and issuing emergency food stamps, infant formula and food packages to households in
need.

There are currently over 1,700 trucks which have been mobilized through federal, state and
contract sources to supply ice, water and supplies. Supplies and equipment are moving
into the hardest hit areas as quickly as possible, especially water, ice, meals, medical
supplies, and generators.

As local communities identify their critical needs and each state prioritizes those needs,
FEMA is deploying personnel, equipment and supplies to meet those needs.

Commodity drops have taken place in harder to reach locations in Mississippi and to the
New Orleans Convention Center where food and water supply was needed Thursday.

We will do everything we can to minimize losses and help those affected get back on their
feet. Recovery will take time, but FEMA will be here as long as needed.

FEMA is supporting our state partners, the American Red Cross and voluntary agencies in
ensuring that victims of the storms are in safe shelters with essential life-sustaining
commodities. Shelters will continue to be the safest place for victims to stay in place.

As of yesterday, there were 275 shelters open in eight states with population of about
FEMA is working with a multi-state housing task force to address expected continued
sheltering and eventual housing needs.

FEMA has contracted for over 600 buses and is coordinating with the U.S. Department of
Transportation and Louisiana National Guard regarding the ground evacuation of
individuals sheltered at the Superdome to the Houston, TX Astrodome. Buses are
Greyhound type buses capable of carrying 45 to 57 people.

Evacuation of critical needs patients began Wednesday night from LA Superdome.

Evacuations have been made to Houston (at capacity) and are beginning Friday to San
Antonio (to be housed at Kelly Air Force Base). Busing will continue from Louisiana on to
Dallas Texas Reunion Arena, now that the Astrodome has reach capacity.

Housing:
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FEMA has established a Housing Area Command in Baton Rouge, LA to oversee all
temporary housing operations across the Hurricane Katrina impacted areas of Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Alabama.

Under FEMA operational control, the Housing Area Command has contracted with five
major engineering/constnrctionfirms to bring together the necessary level of talent,
resources and expertise required for a major construction effort of this magnitude.

Currently, Housing Strike Teams are being readied for deployment into each state to link
up with state and local officials on the ground to immediately begin the process of
quantifying temporary housing needs and identifying all potential sites including closed
military bases, parks, fairgrounds, etc.

Simultaneously, FEMA, in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security


Private Sector Office, is working to identrfy, locate and procure a wide variety of
transportable housing types and units sufficient to meet the demand.

In addition, FEMA is in the process of setting up a Joint Housing Solutions Center within
the Housing Area Command which will bring together all public, private and voluntary
agency stakeholders in a unique partnership to develop innovative funding and streamlined
operational partnerships to address the short and long-term housing needs of the disaster
victims.

Final decisions on locations and temporary housing types, will be made in conjunction with
state and local officials, and included in FEMA's Hurricane Katrina Combined Housing
Strategy which is currently under development.
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Securitv:

The unruly behavior of residents of New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane
Katrina has not only beeri a great disappointment but a danger to their fellow citizens

With 13,000 National Guard on the ground in three states and an additional 1,400 arriving
Thursday, another 1,400 Friday and 1,400 on Saturday, security of victims in the wake of
Hurricane Katrina will be much improved. For those in Louisiana, the National Guard is
assisting with security around the evacuations.

New Orleans has now also received 200 Border Patrol agents, 200 additional law
enforcement officers from other Louisiana jurisdictions as well as 2,000 officers from
neighboring states to assist in restoring order in the streets of New Orleans.

Working through the emergency support functions of the disaster, the Dept. of
Transportation is reporting that all bridges and railways are closed in New Orleans, and the
port is closed.

In Mississippi, 1-1 0 is open with one lane westbound open for emergency response
vehicles only. There is damage to all 1-10 bridges. The Gulfport and Pascagula ports are
closed.

A team of 66 transportation experts is supporting state and local officials in the damage
assessment of highways, railroads, airports, transit systems, ports and pipelines. The
Department of Transportation is supporting detour planning and critical transportation
system repairs.

As of September 1, 2.3 million customers are without power throughout Louisiana,


Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
Louisiana - 826,000; MS - 990,420; Alabama - 247,720; Florida - 15,490; Georgia -
12,500

Stavins Put
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We still have many people very much in harm's way, and want to caution people about
trying to return home or to your community.

o Please don't put yourself - or our first responders - at risk.

o Listen to state and local officials who ask you to remain in shelters, homes or
safe places until given the "all clear" to travel. Roads are very likely to be
damaged or blocked by debris. Cars on the road slow emergency managers and
first responders in doing their job.

Outside Contacts:
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We know the people impacted by Hurricane Katrina are suffering, and our thoughts are
with all of those who have been stranded by the storm and are seeking to connect with
family members and friends.
We are asking individuals who have access to means of communicating outside of the
impacted areas to reach out to loved ones and let them know they are safe.

o If you evacuated because of Hurricane Katrina, make every attempt to call


friends and loved ones outside the disaster area, and ask that those you contact
pass along information about your safety and whereabouts.

o During a disaster such as this, and with so many communications systems down,
there is no way to have an organized, centralized number or system to find
individuals who evacuated.

o Also, people should understand that due to communication disruptions during


large disasters, it may take several days for loved ones to contact those outside
the disaster area.

National Response Plan:

Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff activated the National Response Plan by
declaring an Incident of National Significance as a result of the devastation caused by
Hurricane Katrina.

The National Response Plan (NRP) fully mobilizes the resources of the entire federal
government to support response and recovery efforts for state and local authorities.

The NRP defines an lncident of National Significance as a major disaster or emergency


that overwhelms the resources of state and local authorities, requiring significant
coordination across the federal government.

Under the NRP, DHS coordinates overall incident management, response and recovery
efforts to address the immediate aftermath of the hurricane.

Concurrently, the White House has established a White House Task Force on Hurricane
Katrina Response to oversee recovery efforts and develop policy initiatives to address the
recovery needs of the region.

FEMA is currently working within the hardest hit county and parish emergency operations
centers to help local officials with their requests for assistance.

Declarations and Assistance:


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President Bush moved quickly to declare major disasters in Louisiana, Mississippi and
Alabama making them eligible for presidential disaster aid for both public and individual aid
ensuring the swift response of the federal government to help Katrina's victims.

President Bush declared the affected counties in Florida a major disaster from the initial hit
of then category 1 Katrina, freeing up federal aid and support for county and state
government needs.

o With the President's disaster declarations, we are able to bring full resources of
the federal government to bear to help the residents in the impacted states with
emergency needs and recovery support

o Individuals in the declared counties are eligible for disaster assistance

o 32 parishes in Louisiana have been designated for both lndividual and Public
Assistance programs. 15 counties in Mississippi have been declared for
lndividual Assistance. 3 counties in Alabama have been designated lndividual
Assistance programs and 6 counties for Public Assistance. Two counties in
Florida have been declared for Public Assistance.

o Damage surveys will commence for other areas after the life-saving and life-
sustaining efforts are complete and more counties and additional forms of
assistance may be designated.

Affected individuals in declared counties can register online at ~ ~ w . f e m a . g o


orvcall
FEMA's toll-free registration line 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) - TP/ 800-462-7585.

o Re~istering
on-line is encoura~eddue to the possibility of high call volume.

o If registering by phone, owners of commercial properties and residents with only


minor losses are urged to wait a few days before calling so those whose homes
were destroyed or heavily damaged can be served first.

o Storm victims with insurance coverage should contact their insurance company
or agent before calling to report losses and, if necessary, to request an advance
or partial payment of their settlement.

o If you have a family member with internet access who can help you register, that
may also be an option to avoid busy signals and waits on our teleregistration
line.

o kvww.fema.gov is also a great source to access information on available


assistance, disaster recovery center locations once they begin opening, and
other disaster specific information.

o Our registration centers are operating 2417, and we've added personnel to
minimize wait time as much as possible.

o We are aware that some people with serious needs might not be able to call us
due to power or phone outages -we'll be operating 24 hours a day 7 days a
week until all have a chance to register with FEMA.

When registering for assistance, FEMA has a number of programs to help meet basic
shelter and emergency needs
Hurricane Katrina FEMA Status Report - September 1,2005
General:
Secretary Chertoff signed a waiver of the Jones Act allowing foreign flagged vessels to transport cargo
from one US. Port to another US. Port.
FEMA will be waiving the 25% state cost share hiding requirement under the Stafford Act.
A Public Health Emergency has been declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and
remains in effect for the entire Gulf Coast region.
Developed and now implementing a National Communications Response Plan in partnership with
industry
Coordinating a stptegic National Priority Plan for provision of fuel to responders
Coordinating with Union Pacific for use of 60-75 tank cars for fuel movement

Evacuation:
Coordinated major airlift of evacuees to begin 8 9 0 a.m. CDT, September 2,2005. Evacuees will depart
New Orleans Superdome by bus, and be flown at a rate of 4-5 planes per hour tiom New Orleans
Airport to Lackland Air Force Base, TX for reception and housing at Kelly AFB.
As of 9/2/05 evacuees in the Astrodome. Identified additional sites are Dallas, TX Reunion Center,
Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio TX.
As of 0445EDT, 15,000 people have been evacuated from the Superdome
Amtrak: Amtrak has put together two 15-20 car evacuationkelief trains. These trains are running with
National Guard aboard from Baton Rouge, awaiting security to be established in New Orleans
194 patients moved by MedEvac &om New Orleans International Airport for evaluation and transport to
Houston, TX
Tulane Medical Center evacuated; hospital evacuations still ongoing at Memorial (45 patients),
Methodist (400 people) and Kindred (number unknown)
Coordinating with Amtrak on 1,500-passenger train for evacuation
The South Mississippi Regional Center in Long Beach and the South Mississippi State Hospital in
Purvis begin relocating patients to Newton and Attala Counties, MS. Beginning today, two special
needs shelters have been opened.

1Alabama I 32 1 3,645 1
Florida I 10 I 1,071
Mississippi 97 1 12,958
Tennessee I 41 69
Gcor~a 81 2 16
1Arkansas 1 21 166 1
Texas 32 6,846
Louisiana 90 5 1,482
Totals 275 76.453
Hurricane Katrina Update - September 2,2005
General:
Secretary Chertoff signed a waiver of the Jones Act allowing foreign flagged vessels to transport cargo
from one U.S. Port to another U S . Port.
FEMA will be waiving the 25% state cost share funding requirement under the Stafford Act.
A Public Health Emergency has been declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and
remains in effect for the entire Gulf Coast region.
Developed and now implementing a National Communications Response Plan in partnership with
industry
Coordinating a strategic National Priority Plan for provision of fuel to responders
Coordinating with Union Pacific for use of 60-75 tank cars for fuel movement

Evacuation:
Coordinated major airlift of evacuees to begin 8:00 a.m. CDT, September 2,2005. Evacuees will depart
New Orleans Superdome by bus, and be flown at a rate of 4-5 planes per hour from New Orleans
Airport to Lackland Air Force Base, TX for reception and housing at Kelly AFB.
FEMA has chartered MD-80 and 737 aircraft from Spirit (MD-SO), Southwest and Champion (737)
Airlines. The number of DOD assets has yet to be determined. There will be 150 Federal Air Marshals
and 50 TSA screeners traveling to the airport and arriving with the first aircraft to land, scheduled for
0800. The first planned departure is scheduled for 1200 today. The aircraft will depart New Orleans
and fly to Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas, and continue the shuttle into New Orleans until 2300.
As of 9/2/05 12,000 evacuees are housed in the Astrodome. Identified additional sites are Dallas, TX
Reunion Center, Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio TX.
As of 0445EDT, 15,000 people have been evacuated from the Superdome
Amtrak: Arntrak has put together two 15-20 car evacuationlrelief trains. These trains are running with
National Guard aboard from Baton Rouge, awaiting security to be established in New Orleans
194 patients moved by MedEvac from New Orleans International Airport for evaluation and transport to
Houston, TX
Tulane Medical Center evacuated; hospital evacuations still ongoing at Memorial (45 patients),
Methodist (400 people) and Kindred (number unknown)
The South Mississippi Regional Center in Long Beach and the South Mississippi State Hospital in
Purvis begin relocating patients to Newton and Attala Counties, MS. Beginning today, two special
needs shelters have been opened.

Mississippi I 97 12,958
Tennessee 4 69
Georgia I 8 216
Arkansas 2 1 166
Texas 32 6,846
1 Louisiana 90
Hurricane Katrina Update - September 3,2005 (0600EDT)
General:
The Director of the Federal Protective Service ports the following for the New Orleans Convention
Center: long lines to receive medical support; timated crowd size of 8,000 appears calm.
Disaster Mortuary Teams @MORT): 3 teams I sated in St. Gabriel, LA (25 miles south of Baton
Rouge), 1 DMORT team located within New C leans.
5 fuel distribution sites have been established i~ MS: Saucier, Ocean Springs; Camp Shelby; Stennis
NASA Space Center, and NASA Meridian
To support the delivery of relief supplies, the 1: fense Energy Supply Center established a Direct
Delivery contract for Camp Shelby. Currently, ,000 gallons of diesel fuel will be delivered each day
for I0 days and 5,000 gallons of gasoline will t delivered each week for two weeks.
Fuel Bladders: Coordination of forces and equ ment is on-going to operate five fuel points in support
of commercial trucks in support of hurricane K rina distribution.
The U.S. Coast Guard Captain in the Port of Nc J Orleans opened the Mississippi River fiom Baton
Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico for vessels drawir no more than 35 feet in draft. This is 10 feet less than
the normal channel operational draft of 45 feet. 120 vessels are waiting to enter, including 21 crude oil
carriers and nine oil product carriers. f

Evacuation:
More than 4,000 people have been air evacuate from New Orleans to San Antonio (Lackland Air Force
Base). Temporary housing for the evacuees is 1 ated at Kelly Air Force Base. Current plans for
evacuation flights for Saturday (913105) and Su lay (914/05) are for the evacuation of 10,000
individuals each day.
Airlift and rail evacuations continue. Capacity lup to 35,000 evacuees has been identified in AZ, AR,
UT, and GA, to be transported over the next t h :days.
Coordination with additional states in on-going identify space for up to 20,000 evacuees.
Amtrak trains started boarding in West Wego, 1 4. Trains will take 650 passengers twice a day form
new Orleans to Lafayette, LA. Buses will take lracuees from Lafayette to Dallas
All patients have been evacuated &om priority spitals. 8 additional hospitals in New Orleans and
surrounding parishes have a total of 1,297 patie s,3,275 staff awaiting on-going evacuation.
All citizens at the Superdome (LA) requiring m iical evacuation were removed by Coast Guard aircraft.
The Astrodome (TX) is at capacity with 15,000 vacuees. There are 3,000 evacuees in the Reliant
Arena and 4,000 evacuees in the parking lot.
9 Special Needs Shelters have a population of 8 7
The Governor of Georgia has sent a request for disaster declaration for the State of Georgia to include
Public Assistance Category B (Emergency Prot :tive Measures) for the entire State. The State has
taken the posture to not only prepare for the ten torary sheltering but the long term effects of shelters
remaining open for potentially 90 days or more

Alabama

Tennessee
Georgia I
Arkansas
Texas I
Louisiana I
Totals

Response & Recovery

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Hurricane Katrina Update - eptember 3,2005 (0600EDT)
Region N is in the process of procuring 50 12,600 body bags; four field kitchens with supplies
and support for 30 days; oxygen generators cylinders; various medical supplies; and 35 refrigerated
trailers.
USCG focus remains on search and rescue with 9,500+ survivors rescued to date.
FEMA's donations hotline is up and running (Z1800-440-6728.
4 HHS Medical Hospitals are en route to Ft. POL, Louisiana and expectedIo amve Saturday morning.
Louisiana EOC: 160 communications lines wed added, but call volume exceeds available service. Bcll
A South and other contractors are working to
Mississippi EOC reports they are making reestablishing contact with the various local police
and fire departments in Coastal MS.
o Local Fire and Police are but EOC reports that fuel is an issue.
o NationaI Guard has MS conducting SAR and LE
functions.
o All Coastal MS Medical Center are operating.

SecurityILaw Enforcement
64 Law Enforcement Officers, 24 Border Patrol Officers, 104 Screeners, and 200 Air Marshals are at
the New Orleans Airport for security to assist in the processing of evacuees.
JTF-Katrina reports the situation at New is stable. JTF-Katrina has worked with the
National Guard and State EOC to obtain to augment the current level of airport
security.
DHS Federal Protective Service (FPS) downtown building and perform a
preliminary damage FB-CT, Wisdom FB-CT (5th Circuit
Court of Appeals), and Hebert anticipated. The Customs House on
Canal Street sustained signs of vandalism. The buildings
are now secured and

Critical rnfrastructure:
"The New Orleans town New Orleans. The Federal
Highway the New Orleans convention
center.
of crude oil for trans

offloading vessels. There


are 4 vessels in the queue.
lifeboatdlife-ratt/PFD)

Products).

Public Affairs:

interagency team.

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Hurricane Katrina Update - September 3,2005 (0600EDT)
The External Affairs Director and PFO will be ~pportedby Nicole Andrews, who will serve as tke
Press Secretary to Mike Brown.
DHS is coordinating with the PFO for establisl lent of the Joint Information Center (JIC). It is
anticipated the JIC will be in Baton Rouge, LA a precise location will be available 9/3/05.
Jeff Carter, Ch~efof USCG Media Relations, h ;been designated to direct the Federal JIC in Baton
I
Rouge.
DHS anticipates a need and welcome Federal blic affairs counterpart to join the Federal JIC. This is
essential to support the Gulf Task Force and D S-led response efforts.
The JIC will coordinate with state JICs or cour :rparts to ensure coordination of communications and
public instructions. Liaisons will be deployed state JICs as necessary and we invite a reciprocal
arrangement with our state and local fiends.
Per the NRP and NIMS, all Federal communic ions representatives to the JIC will work through the
single coordinated external affairs effort. If otl r elements, due to location, etc. must establish
information offices away from the JIC we requ e that they post liaison officers to the JFO JIC.

International Assistance
DOS and FEMA are evaluating existing emerg icy response requirements to determine which foreign
offers of assistance can be used and for those tl t can develop implementation plans.

Priorities for 3 Sept. 2005


Immediate Federal Priorities:
Life SavinglSearch and Rescue
Mass Care for Victims and Responder: -
Immediate Medical Care
Maintain Commodity Flow into Disast . Areas
Restoring Power and Communications
Ensuring Emergency Team Response
Repair breaches in the ievees
Limiting Factors:
Fuel availability
Security
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S u b j e c t : Concern over t e a m ( s ) a t t h e Superdon

Has anyone h e a r d d i r e c t l y from any o f t h e t :am(s) o u t a t t h e


Superdome? I n l i g h t of t h i s a r t i c l e , i t see US very worrisome f o r them.

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V i o l e n t Chaos Worsens At Superdome

/Able-Bodied Evacuees S t i l l Being Moved 1

UPDATED: 9:22 am PDT September 1, 2005


F i g h t s and t r a s h f i r e s a r e b r e a k i n g o u t a t t f Superdome, adding t o t h e
chaos i n huge crowds of people d e s p e r a t e t o c : o u t . Angry r e f u g e e s
hoping t o e s c a p e t h e s t i f l i n g c o n f i n e s o f t h e lone a r e packed
s h o u l d e r - t o - s h o u l d e r up t o t h e b a r r i c a d e s whe 3 h e a v i l y armed N a t i o n a l
Guardsmen s t a n d . The s c e n e a t t h e massive N e b Irleans arena is c h a o t i c
as a u t h o r i t i e s a t t e m p t t o e v a c u a t e t h e thousa is who had massed i n s i d e
b e c a u s e of Hurricane Katzina. D e s p i t e t h e v i c :rice, a N a t i o n a l Guard
commander s a i d t h e e v a c u a t i o n h a s n ' t been a f f Zed.

*But medical o p e r a t i o n s a t t h e dome c l e a r l y t re been. The a i r ambulance


s e r v i c e t h a t was supposed t o t r a n s f e r some of :he worse-off evacuees
s a i d i t won't f l y n e a r t h e dome u n t i l s e c u r i t i s r e s t o r e d . Edwards
added, "You can go o v e r s e a s w i t h t h e m i l i t a r q m t you c a n ' t g e t them
down h e r e . "
*
*One d o c t o r s a i d h e ' s e v a c u a t i n g h i s team a s ist a s he can. An Air
N a t i o n a l Guard n u r s e who worked a l l n i g h t i n le dome's s p e c i a l needs
medical f a c i l i t y saw t h e s c e n e o u t s i d e a n d sa i s h e "wouldn't go o u t i n
t h a t crowd f o r anything. " Medical p e r s o n n e l a exhausted. D r - Mary
Darken s a i d , "We a l l j u s t t r y t o r e s t when we :ould, and t h a t i s n ' t v e r y
often. "
*
T h e a i r b o r n e e v a c u a t i o n o f t h e s i c k and i n j u r i was p u t o f f t e m p o r a r i l y
following a report of a s h o t being f i r e d a t a ailitary helicopter,
a l t h o u g h t h e f e d e r a l government s a y s i t doesn 1 know a b o u t any such
i n c i d e n t . A Louisiana N a t i o n a l Guard o f f i c i a l ;aid other evacuations t o
Houston a r e moving ahead. The i n t e n t was only 10 t r a n s p o r t t h o s e i n s i d e
t h e Superdome. But thousands o f o t h e r s have k :n s t r e a m i n g toward t h e
buses t h a t w i l l head t o Houston-Meanwhile, ou s i d e t h e Mew Orleans
Convention Center, s u r v i v o r s a r e growing more Erustrated with t h e l a c k
o f h e l p a f t e r Hurricane K a t r i n a . One man s a i c "No one h a s thought
enough of us t o even b r i n g u s a cup o f Daniel Edwards s a i d many
p e o p l e have gone days w i t h o u t food o r s a i d t e n s of thousands
o f people a r e s t r a n d e d on t h e s t r e e t s ,
workers. S e v e r a l b o d i e s l i e s c a t t e r e d
e l d e r l y l a d y dead i n a w h e e l c h a i r and s a i d ,
t h a t . " He s a i d h e b u r i e d h i s dog.
c e n t e r s a i d , "We a r e o u t h e r e l i k e
s a i d h e and o t h e r s were e v a c u a t e d
dropped o f f w i t h n o t h i n g . E a r l i e r , t h e f i r s t busloads of Hurricane
K a t r i n a r e f u g e e s p u l l e d up t o t h e Houston ~ ~ { r o d o m e -c~o inrd i t i o n i n g ,

Red Cross

d e s i g n e d f o r s p o r t s teams. A l o t of t h e peopje l e a v i n g t h e Superdome


Wednesday n i g h t s a i d t h e y had no i d e a where Eh e y were headed. One man
I

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s a i d , "They t e l l u s t o l i n e up and go, and wt j u s t l i n e up and go."The
exodus of h u r r i c a n e r e f u g e e s from t h e Superdc e t o t h e Astrodome i s
e x p e c t e d t o c o n t i n u e through t h e day. The Fec r a l Emergency Management
Agency has c h a r t e r e d about 500 buses f o r t h e 50-mile move. More t h a n
20,000 p e o p l e had sought s h e l t e r t h e r e , b u t r t h no a i r c o n d i t i o n i n g and
l i t t l e e l e c t r i c i t y , t h e h e a t and s t e n c h have een unbearable. One d o c t o r
d e s c r i b e d t h e c o n d i t i o n s a s " a t r o c i o u s . " One f t h e evacuees s a i d , "I
d o n ' t c a r e wher,e t h e y ' r e t a k i n g u s . Anywhere s b e t t e r t h a n h e r e . " The
f i r s t b u s l o a d s of evacuees a r r i v e d e a r l y T h u ~ day a t t h e i r new temporary
home, t h e Houston Astrodome, 350 m i l e s away.

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Has anyone h e a r d d i r e c t l y from any o f t h e am(s) o u t a t t h e ,


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V i o l e n t Chaos Worsens A t Superdome

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UPDATED: 9:22 am PDT September 1, 2005


F i g h t s and t r a s h f i r e s a r e b r e a k i n g o u t a t ti Superdome, a d d i n g t o t h e chaos i n huge
crowds of people d e s p e r a t e t o g e t o u t . Angry -fugees hoping t o e s c a p e t h e s t i f l i n g
c o n f i n e s o f t h e dome a r e packed shoulder-to-, m l d e r up t o t h e b a r r i c a d e s where h e a v i l y
armed N a t i o n a l Guardsmen s t a n d . The s c e n e a t y e massive New O r l e a n s a r e n a i s c h a o t i c a s
a u t h o r i t i e s a t t e m p t t o e v a c u a t e t h e thousand. +ho had massed i n s i d e because of Hurricane
K a t r i n a . D e s p i t e t h e v i o l e n c e , a N a t i o n a l Guq 1 commander s a i d t h e e v a c u a t i o n h a s n ' t been
a f fected.

*But medical o p e r a t i o n s a t t h e dome c l e a r l y I fie been. The a i r ambulance s e r v i c e t h a t was


supposed t o t r a n s f e r some of t h e worse-off e T x e e s s a i d i t won't f l y n e a r t h e dome u n t i l
s e c u r i t y i s r e s t o r e d . Edwards added, "You cal 30 o v e r s e a s w i t h t h e m i l i t a r y b u t you c a n ' t
g e t them down h e r e . "
-*.
*One d o c t o r s a i d h e ' s e v a c u a t i n g h i s team a s 1st a s he can. An Air N a t i o n a l Guard n u r s e
who worked a l l n i g h t i n t h e dome's s p e c i a l nt Is medical f a c i l i t y saw t h e s c e n e o u t s i d e
a n d s a i d s h e "wouldn't go o u t i n t h a t crowd c a n y t h i n g . " Medical p e r s o n n e l a r e
e x h a u s t e d . D r . Mary Darken s a i d , "We a l l just :ry t o r e s t when we c o u l d , and t h a t i s n ' t
very often. "
f.

The a i r b o r n e e v a c u a t i o n of t h e s i c k and i n j u i Z was p u t o f f t e m p o r a r i l y f o l l o w m g a r e p o r t


of a s h o t b e i n g f i r e d a t a m i l i t a r y h e l i c o p t t a l t h o u g h t h e f e d e r a l government s a y s i t
d o e s n ' t know a b o u t any s u c h i n c i d e n t . A Loui: ma N a t i o n a l Guard o f f i c i a l s a i d o t h e r
e v a c u a t i o n s t o Houston a r e moving ahead. The i t e n t was o n l y t o t r a n s p o r t t h o s e i n s i d e t h e
Superdome. But thousands o f o t h e r s have been :reaming toward t h e b u s e s t h a t w i l l head t o
Houston.Meanwhile, o u t s i d e t h e New Orleans Cc r e n t i o n Center, s u r v i v o r s a r e growing more
f r u s t r a t e d with t h e lack of help a f t e r Hurri( ie K a t r i n a . One man s a i d , " N o one h a s
t h o u g h t enough of us t o even b r i n g us a cup ( water." Daniel Edwards s a i d many p e o p l e
h a v e gone days without food o r water. He s a i < :ens o f thousands of p e o p l e a r e s t r a n d e d on
t h e s t r e e t s , w i t h no s i g n of emergency workel , S e v e r a l b o d i e s l i e s c a t t e r e d around.
Edwards p o i n t e d t o an e l d e r l y l a d y dead i n a l e e l c h a i r and s a i d , "I d o n ' t t r e a t my dog
L i k e t h a t . " He s a i d he b u r i e d h i s dog. A pre; l e r o u t s i d e t h e convention c e n t e r s a i d , "We
a r e o u t h e r e l i k e p u r e animals." The Rev. Is: : C l a r k s a i d he and o t h e r s were e v a c u a t e d t o
t h e convention h a l l by bus, and dropped o f f I :h n o t h i n g . E a r l i e r , t h e f i r s t b u s l o a d s of
H u r r i c a n e K a t r i n a r e f u g e e s p u l l e d up t o t h e f 1st o n Astrodome - A i r c o n d i t i o n i n g , c o t s , food
a n d showers a w a i t t h e thousands o f s t o r m surr rors who have endured t h r e e days o f p u t r i d
s q u a l o r a t t h e Superdome. The Astrodome, 350 -1es away, was q u i c k l y c o n v e r t e d i n t o a s o r t
of g i a n t Red Cross s h e l t e r t o accommodate tht S e p a r a t e l y , two s c h o o l buses l o a d e d w i t h
r e f u g e e s a r r i v e d a t t h e Astrodome o v e r n i g h t . ley a r e n o t being allowed t o s t a y , b u t a r e
b e i n g g i v e n food and water. One o f t h e proble ; t o be worked o u t is showering arrangements
f o r 25,000 p e o p l e i n l o c k e r rooms d e s i g n e d f r s p o r t s teams. A l o t o f t h e p e o p l e l e a v i n g
t h e Superdome Wednesday n i g h t s a i d t h e y had i d e a where t h e y w e r e headed. One man s a i d ,
"They t e l l u s t o l i n e u p a n d go, and w e j u s t Line up and go."The exodus o f h u r r i c a n e
r e f u g e e s from t h e Superdome t o t h e Astrodome -s e x p e c t e d t o c o n t i n u e t h r o u g h t h e day. The
F e d e r a l Emergency Management Agency h a s c h a r :red a b o u t 500 b u s e s f o r t h e 350-mile move.
More t h a n 2 0 , 0 0 0 p e o p l e had s o u g h t s h e l t e r t ?re, b u t w i t h no a i r c o n d i t i o n i n g and l i t t l e
e l e c t r i c i t y , t h e h e a t and s t e n c h have been u ) e a r a b l e . One d o c t o r d e s c r i b e d t h e c o n d i t i o n s
as " a t r o c i o u s . " One o f t h e e v a c u e e s s a i d , "I i o n ' t c a r e where t h e y ' r e t a k i n g u s . Anywhere
i s b e t t e r t h a n h e r e . " The f i r s t b u s l o a d s o f racuees a r r i v e d e a r l y Thursday a t t h e i r new
t e m p o r a r y home, t h e Houston Astrodome, 350 m .es away.

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NDMS teams were removed from t h e ICE r i n k u n t i l a l l a r e a s a r e s a f e .

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From: Renee Roberts [ m a i l t o- : -
S e n t : Thursday, September 01, 2005 12:39 PM
To: DMATNEWS@MEDICCOM.ORG
S u b j e c t : Concern over t e a m ( s ) a t t h e Superdome

Has anyone h e a r d d i r e c t l y from any o f t h e teamls) o u t a t t h e


Superdome? I n l i g h t of t h i s a r t i c l e , i t seems v e r y worrisome f o r them.

Renee Roberts
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V i o l e n t Chaos Worsens At Superdome

/Able-Bodied Evacuees S t i l l Being Moved To ~ s t r o d o m e /

UPDATED: 9: 22 am PDT September 1, 2005


F i g h t s and t r a s h f i r e s a r e b r e a k i n g o u t a t t h e Superdome, adding t o t h e
chaos i n huge crowds of p e o p l e d e s p e r a t e t o g e t o u t . Angry r e f u g e e s
hoplng t o e s c a p e t h e s t i f l i n g c o n f i n e s of t h e dome a r e packed
s h o u l d e r - t o - s h o u l d e r up t o t h e b a r r i c a d e s where h e a v i l y armed N a t i o n a l
Guardsmen%stand. The s c e n e a t t h e massive New Orleans a r e n a i s c h a o t i c
a s a u t h o r i t i e s a t t e m p t t o e v a c u a t e t h e thousands who had massed i n s i d e
b e c a u s e of Hurricane K a t r i n a . Despite t h e v i o l e n c e , a National Guard
commander s a i d t h e e v a c u a t i o n h a s n ' t been a f f e c t e d .

*But medical o p e r a t i o n s a t t h e dome c l e a r l y have been. The a i r ambulance


s e r v i c e t h a t was supposed t o t r a n s f e r some o f t h e worse-off evacuees
s a i d i t won't f l y n e a r t h e dome u n t i l s e c u r i t y i s r e s t o r e d . Edwards
added, "You can go o v e r s e a s w i t h t h e m i l i t a r y b u t you c a n ' t g e t them
down h e r e . "
*
*One d o c t o r s a i d h e ' s e v a c u a t i n g h i s team a s f a s t a s he can. An Air
N a t i o n a l Guard n u r s e who worked a l l n i g h t i n t h e dome's s p e c i a l needs
m e d i c a l f a c i l i t y saw t h e s c e n e o u t s i d e and s a i d s h e "wouldn't go o u t i n
t h a t crowd f o r a n y t h i n g . " Medical personnel a r e exhausted. D r . Mary
Darken s a i d , "We a l l j u s t t r y t o r e s t when we could, and t h a t i s n ' t v e r y
often. "
*
The a i r b o r n e e v a c u a t i o n of t h e s i c k and i n j u r e d was p u t o f f t e m p o r a r i l y
following a report of a shot being f i r e d a t a m i l i t a r y helicopter,
a l t h o u g h t h e f e d e r a l government s a y s i t d o e s n ' t know about any s u c h
i n c i d e n t . A Louisiana N a t i o n a l Guard o f f i c i a l s a i d o t h e r eva c u a t i o n s t o
Houston a r e moving ahead. The i n t e n t was o n l y t o t r a n s p o r t t h o s e i n s i d e
t h e Superdome. But thousands o f o t h e r s have been s t r e a m i n g toward t h e
b u s e s t h a t w i l l head t o Houston.Meanwhile, o u t s i d e t h e N e w Orleans
Convention Center, s u r v i v o r s a r e growing more f r u s t r a t e d w t h t h e l a c k
o f h e l p a f t e r Hurridane K a t r i n a . One man s a i d , "No one has thought
enough o f us t o even b r i n g us a cup o f water." Daniel Edwards s a i d many
p e o p l e have gone days w i t h o u t food o r water. He s a i d t e n s of thousands
o f people a r e s t r a n d e d on t h e s t r e e t s , w i t h no s i g n of emergency
workers. S e v e r a l bodies l i e s c a t t e r e d around. Edwards p o i n t e d t o a n
e l d e r l y l a d y dead i n a w h e e l c h a i r and s a i d , "I d o n ' t t r e a t my dog l i k e
t h a t . " He s a i d he b u r i e d h i s dog. A p r e a c h e r o u t s i d e t h e convention
c e n t e r s a i d , "We a r e o u t h e r e l i k e p u r e animals." The Rev. I s s a c C l a r k
s a i d he and o t h e r s were evacuated t o t h e convention h a l l by bus, and
dropped o f f w i t h n o t h i n g . E a r l i e r , t h e f i r s t busloads of Hurricane
K a t r i n a r e f u g e e s p u l l e d up t o t h e Houston Astrodome.Air c o n d i t i o n i n g ,
c o t s , food and showers a w a i t t h e thousands of s t o r m s u r v i v o r s who have
e n d u r e d t h r e e days of p u t r i d s q u a l o r a t t h e Superdome. The Astrodome,
350 m i l e s away, was q u i c k l y converted i n t o a s o r t of g i a n t Red Cross
s h e l t e r t o accommodate t h e m - S e p a r a t e l y , two s c h o o l buses loaded w i t h
r e f u g e e s a r r i v e d a t t h e Astrodome o v e r n i g h t . They a r e n o t being allowed
t o s t a y , b u t a r e b e i n g g i v e n food and water. One of t h e problems t o be
worked o u t i s showering arrangements f o r 25,000 people i n l o c k e r rooms
d e s i g n e d f o r s p o r t s teams. A l o t of t h e people l e a v i n g t h e Superdome
Wednesday n i g h t s a i d t h e y had no i d e a where t h e y were headed. One man
s a i d , "They t e l l us t o l i n e up and go, and we j u s t l i n e up and go."The
exodus of h u r r i c a n e r e f u g e e s from t h e Superdome t o t h e Astrodome i s
e x p e c t e d t o c o n t i n u e through t h e day. The F e d e r a l Emergency Management
Agency has c h a r t e r e d about 500 buses f o r t h e 350-mile move. More t h a n
20,000 p e o p l e had sought s h e l t e r t h e r e , b u t w i t h no a i r c o n d i t i o n i n g and
l i t t l e e l e c t r i c i t y , t h e h e a t and s t e n c h have been unbearable. One d o c t o r
d e s c r i b e d a t h e c o n d i t i o n s a s " a t r o c i o u s . " One of t h e evacuees s a i d , "I
d o n ' t c a r e where t h e y ' r e t a k i n g us. Anywhere i s b e t t e r than h e r e . " The
f i r s t b u s l o a d s of evacuees a r r i v e d e a r l y Thursday a t t h e i r new temporary
home, t h e Houston Astrodome, 350 m i l e s away.

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KATRINA TALKING POINTS


9-2-05 UPDATE

KEY MESSAGES:

FEMA continues with our first priority of life saving efforts, with resources being directed to
those with the most urgent needs.

FEMA continues to push out critical commodities to the impacted areas, including meals
ready to eat, water, ice, medical supplies and generators.

This is truly the perfect storm. Hurricane Katrina's blow to the Gulf States destroying
thousands of homes and businesses, was followed by a second disaster, that of a great
flood. The devastation from the storm stretches 90,000 square miles across the Gulf
States.

We ask for patience - though we understand how difficult and emotionally stressful your
situation may be - as we work 24-hours a day doing all we can to help the victims of this
catastrophic disaster get into a safe and stable place.

This is a time for our nation to band together and lend a helping hand to our fellow
citizens. The outpouring of offers of goods, services arid cash donations to the response
effort have been overwhelming, demonstrating the humanity in the wake of disaster.

Life Saving Efforts:

Twenty Eight Urban Search and Rescue task forces have been deployed. Eighteen task
forces (nearly 1,800 personnel) are currently engaged in rescue operations in Mississippi
and Louisiana. Eight swift water teams from California are also deployed and in Louisiana
conducting search and rescue missions.
More than 4,800 rescues have been reported by search and rescue units.

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) ships, boats and aircraft are assisting with rescues and
recovery and have rescued approximately 3,000 people.

Medical Resources:

Fifty-seven teams from the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) have been
deployed. (44 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams, 4 Veterinary Medical Assistance
Teams, 4 Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams, 1 Mental Health, and 1 National
Medical Response Teams).

Seven NDMS Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) and 3 strike teams are
supporting New Orleans medical facilities and hospitals not fully operational as a result of
Hurricane Katrina, as well as setting up Mash style tents.

Five NDMS DMATs and 5 strike teams are working in medical facilities and hospitals in
Gulfport, Biloxi and other areas of Mississippi.

DMATs have truckloads of medical equipment and supplies with them and are trained to
handle trauma, pediatrics, surgery and mental health problems.

NDMS has also identified 2,600 hospital beds in a 12-state area around the affected area
and is working with DOD and the Veteran's Administration to move patients from the
affected areas to these facilities.

HHS, VA, DOD and NDMS are working in the public health and medical areas and are
working on establishing temporary MASH style facilities for the ambulatory and non-
ambulatory cases.

Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams have also been deployed to provide medical care to
pets and livestock, as well as provide any needed veterinary medical care for rescue dogs.

Commodities:
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USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is providing food at shelters and mass feeding sites
and issuing emergency food stamps, infant formula and food packages to households in
need.

There are currently over 1,700 trucks which have been mobilized through federal, state and
contract sources to supply ice, water and supplies. Supplies and equipment are moving
into the hardest hit areas as quickly as possible, especially water, ice, meals, medical
supplies, and generators.
As local communities identify their critical needs and each state prioritizes those needs,
FEMA is deploying personnel, equipment and supplies to meet those needs.

Commodity drops have taken place in harder to reach locations in Mississippi and to the
New Orleans Convention Center where food and water supply was needed Thursday.

We will do everything we can to minimize losses and help those affected get back on their
feet. Recovery will take time, but FEMA will be here as long as needed.

FEMA is supporting our state partners, the American Red Cross and voluntary agencies in
ensuring that victims of the storms are in safe shelters with essential life-sustaining
commodities. Shelters will continue to be the safest place for victims to stay in place.

As of yesterday, there were 275 shelters open in eight states with population of about
76,453.

FEMA is working with a multi-state housing task force to address expected continued
sheltering and eventual housing needs.

FEMA has contracted for over 600 buses and is coordinating with the US. Department of
Transportation and Louisiana National Guard regarding the ground evacuation of
individuals sheltered at the Superdome to the Houston, TX Astrodome. Buses are
Greyhound type buses capable of carrying 45 to 57 people.

Evacuation of critical needs patients began Wednesday night from LA Superdome.

Evacuations have been made to Houston (at capacity) and are beginning Friday to San
Antonio (to be housed at Kelly Air Force Base). Busing will continue from Louisiana on to
Dallas Texas Reunion Arena, now that the Astrodome has reach capacity.

Housinq:
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FEMA has established a Housing Area Command in Baton Rouge, LA to oversee all
temporary housing operations across the Hurricane Katrina impacted areas of Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Alabama.

Under FEMA operational control, the Housing Area Command has contracted with five
major engineering/constructionfirms to bring together the necessary level of talent,
resources and expertise required for a major construction effort of this magnitude.

Currently, Housing Strike Teams are being readied for deployment into each state to link
up with state and local officials on the ground to immediately begin the process of
quantifying temporary housing needs and identifying all potential sites including closed
military bases, parks, fairgrounds, etc.

Simultaneously, FEMA, in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security


Private Sector Office, is working to identify, locate and procure a wide variety of
transportable housing types and units sufficient to meet the demand.

In addition, FEMA is in the process of setting up a Joint Housing Solutions Center within
the Housing Area Command which will bring together all public, private and voluntary
agency stakeholders in a unique partnership to develop innovative funding and streamlined
operational partnerships to address the short and long-term housing needs of the disaster
victims.

Final decisions on locations and temporary housing types, will be made in conjunction with
state and local officials, and included in FEMA's Hurricane Katrina Combined Housing
Strategy which is currently under development.

Security:

The unruly behavior of residents of New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane
Katrina has not only been a great disappointment but a danger to their fellow citizens.

With 13,000 National Guard on the ground in three states and an additional 1,400 arriving
. Thursday, another 1,400 Friday and 1,400 on Saturday, security of victims in the wake of
Hurricane Katrina will be much improved. For those in Louisiana, the National Guard is
assisting with security around the evacuations.

New Orleans has now also received 200 Border Patrol agents, 200 additional law
enforcement officers from other Louisiana jurisdictions as well as 2,000 officers from
neighboring states to assist in restoring order in the streets of New Orleans.

Working through the emergency support functions of the disaster, the Dept. of
Transportation is reporting that all bridges and railways are closed in New Orleans, and the
port is closed.

In Mississippi, 1-10 is open with one lane westbound open for emergency response
vehicles only. There is damage to all 1-10 bridges. The Gulfport and Pascagula ports are
closed.

A team of 66 transportation experts is supporting state and local officials in the damage
assessment of highways, railroads, airports, transit systems, ports and pipelines. The
Department of Transportation is supporting detour planning and critical transportation
system repairs.

As of September 1,2.3 million customers are without power throughout Louisiana,


Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
Louisiana - 826,000; MS - 990,420; Alabama - 247,720; Florida - 15,490; Georgia -
12,500

Stavinq Put
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We still have many people very much in harm's way, and want to caution people about
trying to return home or to your community.

o Please don't put yourself - or our first responders - at risk.

o Listen to state and local officials who ask you to remain in shelters, homes or
safe places until given the "all clear" to travel. Roads are very likely to be
damaged or blocked by debris. Cars on the road slow emergency managers and
first responders in doing their job.

Outside Contacts;
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We know the people impacted by Hurricane Katrina are suffering, and our thoughts are
with all of those who have been stranded by the storm and are seeking to connect with
family members and friends.

We are asking individuals who have access to means of communicating outside of the
impacted areas to reach out to loved ones and let them know they are safe.

o If you evacuated because of Hurricane Katrina, make every attempt to call


friends and loved ones outside the disaster area, and ask that those you contact
pass along information about your safety and whereabouts.

o During a disaster such as this, and with so many communications systems down,
there is no way to have an organized, centralized number or system to find
individuals who evacuated.

o Also, people should understand that due to communication disruptions during


large disasters, it may take several days for loved ones to contact those outside
the disaster area.

National Response Plan:


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Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff activated the National Response Plan by
declaring an Incident of National Significance as a result of the devastation caused by
Hurricane Katrina.

The National Response Plan (NRP) fully mobilizes the resources of the entire federal
government to support response and recovery efforts for state and local authorities.
The NRP defines an Incident of National Significance as a major disaster or emergency
that overwhelms the resources of state and local authorities, requiring significant
coordination across the federal government.

Under the NRP, DHS coordinates overall incident management, response and recovery
efforts to address the immediate aftermath of the hurricane.

Concurrently, the White House has established a White House Task Force on Hurricane
Katrina Response to oversee recovery efforts and develop policy initiatives to address the
recovery needs of the region.

FEMA is currently working within the hardest hit county and parish emergency operations
centers to help local officials with their requests for assistance.

Declarations and Assistance:

President Bush moved quickly to declare major disasters in Louisiana, Mississippi and
Alabama making them eligible for presidential disaster aid for both public and individual aid
ensuring the swift response of the federal government to help Katrina's victims.

President Bush declared the affected counties in Florida a major disaster from the initial hit
of then category 1 Katrina, freeing upfederal aid and support for county and state
government needs.

o With the President's disaster declarations, we are able to bring full resources of .
the federal,government to bear to help the residents in the impacted states with
emergency needs and recovery support

o Individuals in the declared counties are eligible for disaster assistance

o 32 parishes in Louisiana have been designated for both Individual and Public
Assistance programs. 15 counties in Mississippi have been declared for
Individual Assistance. 3 counties in Alabama have been designated lndividual
Assistance programs and 6 counties for Public Assistance. Two counties in
Florida have been declared for Public Assistance.

o Damage surveys will commence for other areas after the life-saving and life-
sustaining efforts are complete and more counties and additional forms of
assistance may be designated.

Affected individuals in declared counties can register online at W W W . ~ ~ ~ ~ .orQcall


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FEMA's toll-free registration line 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) - l T Y 800-462-7585.

o Reqistering on-line is encouraged due to the possibility of high call volume.


If registering by phone, owners of commercial properties and residents with only
minor losses are urged to wait a few days before calling so those whose homes
were destroyed or heavily damaged can be served first.

Storm victims with insurance coverage should contact their insurance comeany
or agent before calling to report losses and, if necessary, to request an advance
or partial payment of their settlement.

If you have a family member with internet access who can help you register, that
may also be an option to avoid busy signals and waits on our teleregistration
line.

W W V V . ~ € ? ~ T ~ ~ .is
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V a great source to access information on available
assistance, disaster recovery center locations once they begin opening, and
other disaster specific information.

Our registration centers are operating 2417, and we've added personnel to
minimize wait time as much as possible.

We are aware that some people with serious needs might not be able to call us
due to power or phone outages - we'll be operating 24 hours a day 7 days a
week until all have a chance to register with FEMA.

When registeringfor assistance, FEMA has a number of programs to help meet basic
shelter and emergency needs

o Temporary housing assistance to make repairs to homes with limited damaged


or provide rental assistance to those with more substantial damage

o Low interest disaster loans through SBA to repair or replace homes, personal
property or businesses that sustained damage, not covered by insurance

o Assistance with other emergency needs, which could include medical expenses,
transportation expenses, or repair or replacement of certain personal property
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Subject: FW: Friends in New Orleans

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Subject: Friends in New Orleans

Hey Buddy

Thank you for the help with know he really appreciates it.

Below is the e-mail traffic that Ihave on my friends family that has been stuck in the French Quarter. My friend is
obviously gravely concerned for her sister, but it also shows that there is a group of people there in the French
Quarter who don't know the town and who are not being given any info as to where to go for help. They were
initially at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Rue Royale New Orleans. Louisiana 70130-2201 and are now headed to
h e Crescent City bridge connection and the west bank area. The command center at the Harrah's told them that
there are buses there. They feel that they were being pushed away from the command post because the media
was there so they are not sure that there are buses at the West Bank There are about 200 tourists in their group
at the moment.

If you have info on where they should go that would be great.

a Here's the most recent info which is getting worse by the minute. My sister's group from the Hotel
Monteleone were walking to the Convention Center as they were told to do by police and came across a group of
National Guards people at the Double Tree Hotel who told them in no uncertain terms NOT to go to the
convention center. Many people are dying there and they were told no one else can go there. The National
Guard people couldn't take them anywhere eke even though they were just standing around as were their trucks.
They were told to go to the South Bank of the Mississippi River but she just told me that they have decided to stop
at the Canal Street Ferry at the River Walk - just across from Hanahs. Apparently there is a congregation of
police at Harrah's and they feel this is the safest place for now. It is desperate. If your FEMA search and rescue
people can get to this group of about 200, including - 1 with aid and possibly evacuate
them to a safe place that would be more than wondenul. She and her husband r p r e both
paramedics so perhaps they could be evacuated to the airport where they might even be of assistance. Please,
please, please help them. FOOD AND WATER ALSO CRITICAL!!

Ijust spoke to my sister. They are exhausted and hungry but have been told that they must go to the New
Orleans Convention Center (NOT THE SUPERDOME) if there is any hope of rescue. (Who knows i f that's
accurate?) So they plan to leave their hotel some time today. The news this moming says the Convention
Center is deplorable-people there have not had food or water for days. Ialso heard that the La. Governor has
suspended evacuation efforts in New Orleans because someone took a shot at a helicopter. There is no food or
water delivery taking place in the city according to press reports this morning. At least my sister still has a little
water left and has been sharing it with others.. CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?
I am still asking if you can contact anyone you know involved in the evacuation effort and tell them that they
need water, food and BUSES. BUSES AND MORE BUSES to take these folks out. The sooner the better.
People are dying and anarchy will soon take over if it hasn't aiready.

, , if there is any way that you can implore authorities to get buses into the Convention Center -not only the
SuperDome-please do so. Dallas can't be the only city willing to help out. If each city outside the disaster zone
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could send a number of buses, that would surely have an impact-and the doser the c i i the better since the need
is imminent-not next week, unless food and water get distributedwidely. 1 know they have to find a place the
refugees. At least Ule tourists who are stranded in New Orleans, if they could get out, will be able to go on their
way which will lessen the number of mouths to feed. If aid is coming in several days it may be too late

Hi -
Please help them. Thanks again.

Orleans.
Thanks so much for anything you can do because the situation is getting desperate for my sister in New

Here's a brief summary of the situation. with a group of about 500 tourists who were stranded at
the Hotel Monteleone. 214 Royal Street in the ~ r e n d ~ u a r tsince
e r last week's hurricane. W are hoping
that through your federal contacts you can help facilitate their evacuation at the soonest possible time. But short
of that, they are in immediate and dire need of food. water and some kind of sanitaw assistance at the hotel. They
have had absolutely no information or assistance from any of the agencies on the ground and no information
other than what I've been able to tell her when she is able to reach me by phone. And that isn't much. When it
became obvious that no efforts were being made to assist with their evacuation, the hotel manager tried "self
help"and paid $25.000 for 10 buses to pick up all of the guests at 6 p.m. today to take them to the Houston
Airport. However, after waiting 4 hours for the buses which never came, they found some police officers who
eventually told them that their buses had been confiscated by the military.

'-anything you or your contacts can do to get the guests at the Hotel Monteleone evacuated, or at least food
and water until evacuation can occur would be greatly appreciated. Their current conditions now sound almost as
bad as what the people at the Superdorne had to endure and they have now lost hope of being able to evacuate
since their buses were confiscated. We haven't seen anything on the TV stories about the plight of the tourists in
the French Quarter or what plans are being made for their evacuation and are afraid that the FEMAIRed Cross
and others might think that those folks are all taken care of. They are not. Please help them. Thanks again.
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From:
Sent:
To:
-
- Thursday, September 01.2005 2:28 PM

Subject: FW:Friends in New Orleans

-
From: -
Sent: ~hursd&,September 01,2005 1251 PM
To:
Subject: FW: Friends in New Orleans

From: /-
Sent: Thursday, September 01,2005 1 5 0 PM
To: Heath, Michael
Subject: MI: Friends in New Orleans

Another update on this group. They started to cross the bridge and got to the end of the bridge where they were
met by armed group that my friend believes were police who told them that they have to turn around and head
back into the city. This group told them that there were no buses, despite what the police headquarters told
them.

Ithink the bottom line is that they just need info on where to go. Also they are desperate for water and food.

Any thoughts?!

Thanks for taking the time on this buddy!!

Sent: Thursday, September 01,2005 10:04 AM


To: 'michael.heathl@dhs.gov'
Subject: Friends in New Orleans

Hey Buddy

Thank you for the help with .now he really appreciates it.

Below is the e-mail traffic that Ihave on my friends family that has been stuck in the French Quarter. My friend is
obviously gravely concerned for her sister. but it also shows that there is a group of people there in the French
Quarter who don't know the town and who are not being given any info as to where to go for help. They were
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initially at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Rue Royale New Orleans, Louisiana 70130-2201 and are now headed to
the Crescent City bridge connection and the west bank area. The command center at the Harrah's told them that
there are buses there. They feel that they were being pushed away from the command post because the media
was there so they are not sure that there are buses at the West Bank. There are about 200 tourists in their group
at the moment.

If you have info on where they should go that would be great.

Here's the most recent info which is getting worse by the minute. My sister's group from the Hotel
Monteleone were walking to the Convention Center as they were told to do by police and came across a group of
National Guards people at the Double Tree Hotel who told them in no uncertain terms NOT to go to the
convention center. Many people are dying there and they were told no one else can go there. The National
Guard people couldn't take them anywhere else even though they were just standing around as were their trucks.
They were told to go to the South Bank of the Mississippi River but she just told me that they have decided to stop
at the Canal Street Ferry at the River Walk - just across from Harrahs. Apparently there is a congregation of
police at Harrah's and they feel this is the safest place for now. It is desoerate. If your FEMA search and rescue
people can get to this group of about, 200,.including
" ' with aid and possibly evacuate
them to a safe place that would be more than wonderful. She and her husband '- - 4 are both
paramedics so perhaps they could be evacuated to the airport where they might even oe ot assistance. Please,
please, please help them. FOOD AND WATER ALSO CRITICAL!!

Ijust spoke to my sister. They are exhausted and hungry but have been told that they must go to the New
Orleans Convention Center (NOT THE SUPERDOME) if there is any hope of rescue. (Who knows if that's
accurate?) So they plan to leave their hotel some time today. The news this morning says the Convention
Center is deplorable-people there have not had food or water for days. I also heard that the La. Governor has
suspended evacuation efforts in New Orleans because someone took a shot at a helicopter. There is no food or
water delivery taking place in the city according to press reports this morning. At least my sister still has a little
water left and has been sharing it with others.. CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?
Iam still asking ifyou can contact anyone you know involved in the evacuation effort and tell them that they
need water, food and BUSES, BUSES AND MORE BUSES to take these folks out. The sooner the better.
People are dying and anarchy will soon take over if it hasn't already.

f i , there is any way that you can implore authorities to get buses into the Convention Center -not only the
SuperDome-please do so. Dallas can't be the only city willing to help out. If each city outside the disaster zone
could send a number of buses, that would surely have an impact-and the closer the city the better since the need
is imminent-not next week, unless food and water get distributed widely. Iknow they have to find a place the
refugees. At least the tourists who are stranded in New Orleans, if they could get out, will be able to go on their
way which will lessen the number of mouths to feed. If aid is coming in several days it may be too late

Please help them. Thanks again.

a n k s so much for anything you can do because the situation is getting desperate for my sister in New
Orleans.

Here's a brief summary of the situation. y. 'swith a group of about 500 tourists who were stranded at
the Hotel Monteleone. 214 Rwal Street in the French9Quarter since last week's hurricane. Ware hoping
that through your federal contacts you can help facilitate their evacuation at the soonest possible time. But short
of that, they are in immediate and dire need of food, water and some kind of sanitaw assistance at the hotel. They
have had absolutely no information or assistance from any of the agencies on the ground and no information
other than what I've been able to tell her when she is able to reach me by phone. And that isn't much. When it
became obvious that no efforts were being made to assist with their evacuation, the hotel manager tried "self
help" and paid $25,000 for 10 buses to pick up all of the guests at 6 p.m. today to take them to the Houston
Airport. However, after waiting 4 hours for the buses which never came, they found some police officers who
eventually told them that their buses had been confiscated by the military.

-nything you or your contacts can do to get the guests at the Hotel Monteleone evacuated, or at least food
and water until evacuation can occur would be greatly appreciated. Their current conditions now sound almost as
bad as what the people at the Superdome had to endure and they have now lost hope of being able to evacuate
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since their buses were confiscated. We haven't seen anything on the lV stories about the plight of the tourists in
the French Quarter or what plans are being made for their evacuation and are afraid that the FEMAfRed Cross
and others might think that those fdks are all taken care of. They are not. Please help them. Thanks again.
From: EST-ESFI5 [Est-ESF15@dhs.g0~]
Sent: Friday. September 02,20051.24 PM
Subject: Updated Talking Points 9-2

Attachments: KATRINA TALKING POINTS 9-2[l].doc

- - - - -Original Messaae-----
From:
- 1
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 1:17 PM
To: EST-ESFlS
Cc:
Subject: Updated Talking Points 9-2 at 1:OO pm

Please distribute these talking points to the usual suspects.


KATRINA TALKING POINTS
9-2-05 UPDATE - 1:00 pm

KEY MESSAGES:
PEMA continues with our first priority of life saving efforts, with
resources being directed to those with the most urgent needs.
* FEMA continues to push out critical commodities to the impacted
areas, including meals ready to eat, water, ice, medical supplies and generators.
* This is truly the perfect storm. Hurricane Katrina's blow to the
Gulf States destroying thousands of homes and businesses, was followed by a second
disaster, that of a great flood. The devastation from the storm stretches 90,000 square
miles across the Gulf States.
We ask for patience - though we understand how difficult and
emotionally stressful your situation may be - as we work 24-hours a day doing all we can
to help the victims of this catastrophic disaster get into a safe and stable place.
* This is a time for our nation to band together and lend a helping
hand to our fellow citizens. The outpouring of offers of goods, services and cash
donations to the response effort have been overwhelming, demonstrating the humanity in the
wake of disaster.

Life Saving Efforts:


t
Twenty Eight Urban Search and Rescue task forces are working in
Louisiana and Mississippi. Eight swift water teams from California are also deployed
making a total of nearly 1,800 personnel.
* More than 7,000 rescues have been reported by Search and Rescue
units
o 2,000 by Urban Search and Rescue Teams
o 5,000 by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) ships, boats and aircraft

Medical Resources:
w Fifty-seven teams from the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS)
have been deployed.
o 4 4 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams
o 4 Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams
o 4 Disaster Nortuary Operational Response Teams
o 1 Mental Health,
o 1 National Medical Response Teams

* Seven NDMS Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) and 3 strike


teams are supporting New Orleans medical facilities and hospitals not fully operational as
a result of Hurricane Katrina, as well as setting up Mash style tents.
* Seven DMATs and 3 strike teams are supporting New Orleans medical
facilities and hospitals not fully operational as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
tr Five NDMS DMATs and 5 strike teams are working in medical facilities
and hospitals in Gulfport, Biloxi and other areas of Mississippi-
* 2,000 patients have been evacuated through the New Orleans airport.

t NDMS has also identified 2,600 hospital beds in a 12-state area


around the affected area and is working with DOD and the Veteran's Administration to move
patients from the affected areas to these facilities.
* HHS, VA, DOD and NDMS are working in the public health and medical
areas and are working on establishing temporary MASH style facilities for the ambulatory
and non-ambulatory cases.
* Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams have also been deployed to
provide medical care to pets and livestock, as well as provide any needed veterinary
medical care for rescue dogs.

Commodities:
* USDA1s Food and Nutrition Service is providing food at shelters and
mass feeding sites and issuing emergency food stamps, infant formula and food packages to
households in need.
* Commodity drops have taken place in harder to reach locations in
Mississippi and to the New Orleans Convention Center where food and water supply was
needed Thursday.
* 6.7 million liters of water delivered

* 1.7 million pounds of ice delivered

t 1.9 million Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) delivered

* 170,000 total meals served in one day throughout affected areas


* There are currently over 1,700 trucks which have been mobilized
through federal, state and contract sources to supply ice, water and supplies. Supplies
and equipment are moving into the hardest hit areas as quickly as possible, especially
water, ice, meals, medical supplies, and generators.
* While rescue efforts continue, it may be several days before
emergency workers are able to reach all the victims of this hurricane, and we are working
to communicate with those affected in every way possible.
* We will do everything we can to minimize losses and help those
affected get back on their feet. Recovery will take time, but FEMA will be here as long
as needed.

Sheltering:

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* FEMA is supporting our state partners, the American Red Cross and
voluntary agencies in ensuring that victims of the storms are in safe shelters with
essential life-sustaining commodities. Shelters will continue to be the safest place for
victims to stay in place.
* FEMA is working with a multi-state housing task force to address
expected continued sheltering and eventual housing needs.
* There has been a decrease in total number of evacuees in shelters
from 91,024 to 85,034.
* More than 600 buses have been sent to the Superdome for the ground
evacuation of individuals sheltered at the Superdome to the Houston. TX Astrodome
* hracuations have been made to Houston (at capacity) and are
beginning Friday to San Antonio (to be housed at Kelly Air Force Base).
Busing will continue from Louisiana on to Dallas Texas Reunion Arena, now that the
Astrodome has reach capacity.
Security:
* The unruly behavior of residents of New Orleans following the
devastation of Hurricane Katrina has not only been a great disappointment but a danger to
their fellow citizens.
* With 13,000 National Guard on the ground in three states and an
additional 1,400 arriving Thursday, another 1,400 Friday and 1,400 on Saturday, security
of victims in the wake of Hurricane Katrina will be much improved. A total of 27,000
members of the National Guard will be deployed to the affected areas. For those in
Louisiana, the National Guard is assisting with security around the evacuations.
* New Orleans has now also received 200 Border Patrol agents, 200
additional law enforcement officers from other Louisiana jurisdictions as well as 2,000
officers from neighboring states to assist in restoring order in the streets of New
Orleans.

Housing :
* FEMA has established a Housing Area Command in Baton Rouge, LA to
oversee all temporary housing operations across the Hurricane Katrina impacted areas of
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
* Under FEMA has contracted with five major engineering/conztruction
firms to bring together the necessary level of talent, resources and expertise required
for a major construction effort of this magnitude.
* AL Governor Bob Riley has offered hotel and lodge rooms and camp
sites suitable for emergency housing trailers at Alabama's 22 state parks to evacuees.
t FEMA, in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security
Private Sector Office, is working to identify, locate and procure a wide variety of
transportable housing types and units sufficient to meet the demand.

* Working through the emergency support functions of the disaster, the


Dept. of Transportation is reporting that all bridges and railways are closed in New
Orleans, and the port is closed.
* In Mississippi, 1-10 is open with one lane westbound open for
emergency response vehicles only. There is damage to all 1-10 bridges.
U.S. 90 bridge is destroyed.
* A team of 66 transportation experts is supporting state and local
officials in the damage assessment of highways, railroads, airports, transit systems,
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ports and pipelines. The Department of Transportation is supporting detour planning and
critical transportation system repairs.
* As of September 2 at 6:00 a.m., 1.79 million customers are without
power throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Louisiana - 780,735; MS - 774,244; Alabama - 235,213

Staying Put
* We still have many people very much in harm's way, and want to
caution people about trying to return home.
o Please don't put yourself - or our first responders - at risk.

o Listen to state and local officials who ask you to remain in


shelters, homes or safe places until given the "all clearm to travel. Roads are very
likely to be damaged or blocked by debris. Cars on the road slow emergency managers and
first responders in doing their job.

Outside Contacts:
* We know the people impacted by Hurricane Katrina are suffering, and
our thoughts are with all of those who have been stranded by the storm and are seeking to
connect with family members and friends.
* We are asking individuals who have access to means of communicating
outside of the impacted areas to reach out to loved ones and let them know they are safe.
o If you evacuated because of Hurricane Katrina, make every attempt to
call friends and loved ones outside the disaster area, and ask that those you contact pass
along information about your safety and whereabouts.
o During a disaster such as this, and with so many communications
systems down, there is no way to have an organized, centralized number or system to find
individuals who evacuated.
o Also, people should understand that due to communication disruptions
during large disasters, it may take several days for loved ones to contact those outside
the disaster area.

Declarations and Assistance:


* President Bush moved quickly to declare major disasters in
Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama making them eligible for presidential disaster aid for
both public and individual aid ensuring the swift response of the federal government to
help Katrina's victims.
* The President today verbally declared an emergency exists in the
States of Arkansas and Texas and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local
response efforts to assist evacuees from the area struck by Hurricane Katrina and to
provide emergency assistance to those areas beginning on August 29, 2005, and continuing.
* President Bush declared the affected counties in Florida a major
disaster from the initial hit of then category 1 Katrina, freeing up federal aid and
support for county and state government needs.
o With the President's disaster declarations, we are able to bring
full resources of the federal government to bear to help the residents in the impacted
states with emergency needs and recovery support
o Individuals in the declared counties are eligible for disaster
assistance
o 32 parishes in Louisiana have been designated for both Individual
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and Public Assistance programs. 15 counties in Mississippi have been declared for
Individual Assistance. 3 counties in Alabama have been.designated Individual Assistance
programs and 6 counties for Public Assistance. Three counties in Florida have been
declared for Public Assistance.
o Damage surveys will commence for other areas after the life-saving
and life-sustaining efforts are complete and more counties and additional forms of
assistance may be designated.
* Affected individuals in declared counties can register online at
www.fema.gov or call FEMAestoll-free registration line 1-800-621-FEMA
(3362) - TTY 800-462-7585..

o Registering on-line is encouraged due to the possibility of high


call volume.
o If registering by phone, owners of commercial properties and
residents with only minor losses are urged to wait a few days before calling so those
whose homes were destroyed or heavily damaged can be served first.
o Storm victims with insurance coverage should contact their insurance
company or agent before calling to reporc losses and, if necessary, to request an advance
or partial payment of their settlement.
o If you have a family member with internet access who can help you
register, that may also be an option to avoid busy signals and waits on our
teleregistration line.

o www.fema.gov is also a great source to access information on


available assistance, disaster recovery center locations once they begin opening, and
other disaster specific information.
o Our registration centers are operating 24/7, and we've added
personnel to minimize wait time as much as possible.
o We are aware that some people with serious needs might not be able
to call us due to power or phone outages - we'll be operating 24 hours a day
7 days a week until all have a chance to register with FEMA.

t When registering for assistance, FEMA has a number of programs to


help meet basic shelter and emergency needs
o Temporary housing assistance to make repairs to homes with limited
damaged or provide rental assistance to those with more substantial damage
o Low interest disaster loans through S B A to repair or replace homes,
personal property or businesses that sustained damage, not covered by insurance
o Assistance with other emergency needs, which could include medical
expenses, transportation expenses, or repair or replacement of certain personal property
From:
Sent:
TO:
Cc:
Subject:
-
-
Friday. September 02,2005 1:55 PM
'EST-€SF15'

RE: Updated Talking Points 9-2

Please get accurate data on SAR. State and local assets and teams and EMAC teams have
made at least half of the rescues. ~t looks like DHS is bragging the way we wrote it.
Would cause friction is pres or brown guote this
- - - - -Original Message-----
From: EST-ESF15 [mailto:Est-ESFlS@dhs.govl
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 12:24 PM
Subject: Updated Talking Points 9-2

- - - - - Original ~essiqe---
--
From:
Sent: Friday, ~eptembe?02, 2005 1:17 PM
TO: EST-ESF15
Cc: J
m-
Subject: Updated Talking Points 9-2 at 1100 pm

Please distribute these talking points to the usual suspects.


KATRINA TALKING POINTS
9-2-05 UPDATE - 1:00 pm

* FEMA continues with our first priority of life saving efforts, with
resources being directed to those with the most urgent needs.
* FEMA continues to push out critical commodities to the impacted
areas, including meals ready to eat, water, ice, medical supplies and
generators.
* This is truly the perfect storm. Hurricane Katrina's blow to the
Gulf States destroying thousands of homes and businesses, was followed by a
second disaster, that of a great flood. The devastation from the storm
stretches 90,000 square miles across the Gulf States.
* We ask for patience - though we understand how difficult and
emotionally stressful your situation may be - as we work 24-hours a day
doing all we can to help the victims of this catastrophic disaster get into
a safe and stable place.
* This is a time for our nation to band together and lend a helping
hand to our fellow citizens. The outpouring of offers of goods, services
and cash donations to the response effort have been overwhelming,
demonstrating the humanity in the wake of disaster.

Life Saving Efforts:


* Twenty Eight Urban Search and Rescue task forces are working in
Louisiana and Mississippi. Eight swift water teams from California are also
deployed making a total of nearly 1,800 personnel.
* More than 7,000 rescues have been reported by Search and Rescue
42
units
o 2,000 by Urban Search and Rescue Teams
o 5,000 by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) ships, boats and aircraft

Medical Resources: ?
* Fifty-seven tepms from the Nptional Disaster ~edicalSystem (NDMS)
have been deployed. '
o 44 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams
o 4 Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams
o 4 Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams
o 1 Mental Health,
o 1 National Medical Response Teams
.t Seven NDMS Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) and 3 strike
teams are supporting New Orleans medical facilities and hospitals not fully
operational as a result of Hurricane Katrina, as well as setting up Mash
style tents.
Seven DMATs and 3 strike teams are supporting New Orleans medical
facilities and hospitals not fully operational as a result of Hurricane
Katrina .
t *Hive NDMS DMA~s>'dind
5 strike teams are working in medical facilities
and hospitals in Gulfport, Biloxi and other areas of Mississippi.
* - 2;a00 patients have Been eqacuated through the New Orleans airport.
* NDMS has also identified 2,600 hospital beds in a 12-state area
around the affected area and is working with DOD and the Veteran's
Administration to move patients from the affected areas to these facilities.
t HHS, VA, DOD and NDMS are working in the public health and medical
areas and are working on establishing temporary MASH style facilities for
the ambulatory and non-ambulatory cases.
t Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams have also been deployed to
provide medical care to pets and livestock, as well as provide any needed
veterinary medical care for rescue dogs.

Commodities:
* USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is providing food at shelters and
mass feeding sites and issuing emergency food stamps, infant formula and
food packages to households in need.
* Commodity drops have taken place in harder to reach locations in
Mississippi and to the New Orleans Convention Center where food and water
supply was needed Thursday.
t 6.7 million liters of water delivered

* 1.7 million pounds of ice delivered

t 1.9 million Meals Ready to Eat (MRE~)


delivered

* 170,000 total meals served in one day throughout affected areas


t There are currently over 1,700 trucks which have been mobilized
through federal, state and contract sources to supply ice, water and
supplies. Supplies and equipment are moving into the hardest hit areas as
quickly as possible, especially water, ice, meals, medical supplies, and
generators.
* While rescue efforts continue, it may be several days before
emergency workers are able to reach all the victims of this hurricane, and
43
we are working to communicate with those affected in every way possible
* We will do everything we can to minimize losses and help those
affected get back on their feet. Recovery will take time, but FEMA will be
here as long as needed.

Sheltering:
tr FEMA is supporting our state partners, the American Red Cross and
voluntary agencies in ensuring that victims of the storms are in safe
shelters with essential life-sustaining commodities. Shelters will continue
to be the safest place for victims to stay in place.
t FEMA is working with a multi-state housing task force to address
expected continued sheltering and eventual housing needs.
* There has been a decrease in total number of evacuees in shelters
from 91,024 to 85,034.
* More than 600 buses have been sent to the Superdome for the ground
evacuation of individuals sheltered at the Superdome to the Houston, TX
Astrodome .
* Evacuations have been made to Houston (at capacity) and are
beginning Friday to San Antonio (to be housed at Kelly Air Force Base).
Busing will continue from Louisiana on to Dallas Texas Reunion Arena, now
that the Astrodome has reach capacity-
Security:
t The unruly behavior of residents of New Orleans following the
devastation of Hurricane Katrina has not only been a great disappointment
but a danger to their fell~w~citizens.
t With 13,000 National Guard on the ground in three states and an
additional 1,400 arriving Thursday, another 1,400 Friday and 1,400 on
Saturday, security of victims in the wake of Hurricane Katrina will be much
improved. A total of 27,000 members of the National Guard will be deployed
to the affected areas. For those in Louisiana, the ~ationalGuard is '

assisting with security around the evacuations.


* New Orleans has now also received 200 Border Patrol agents, 200
additional law enforcement officers from other Louisiana jurisdictions as
well as 2,000 officers from neighboring states to assist in restoring order
in the streets of New Orleans.

Housing :
t FEMA has established a Housing Area Command in Baton Rouge, LA to
oversee all temporary housing operations across the ~urricaneKatrina
impacted areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
* Under FEMA has contracted with five major engineering/construction
firms to bring together the necessary level of talent, resources and
expertise required for a major constructioo effort of this magnitude.
* AX, Governor Bob Riley has offered hotel and lodge rooms and camp
sites suitable for emergency housing trailers at Alabama's 22 state parks to
evacuees.
* FEMA, in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security
Private Sector Office, is working to identify, locate and procure a wide
variety of transportable housing types and units sufficient to meet the
demand.
f Working through the emergency support functions of the disaster, the
Dept. of Transportation is reporting that all bridges and railways are
closed in New Orleans, and the port *is closed.
e In Mississippi, 1-10 is open with on? lane westbound open for
emergency response vehicles only. There is damage to all 1-10 bridges.
U.S. 90 bridge is destroyed.
A team of 66 transportation experts is supporting state and local
officials in the damage assessment of highways, railroads, airports, transit
systems, ports and pipelines. The Department of Transportation is supporting
detour planning and critical transportation system repairs.
* As of September 2 at 6:00 a.m., 1.79 million customers are without
power throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Louisiana - 780,735; MS - 774,244; Alabama - 235,213

Seaying Put
+ We still have many people very much in harm's way, and want to
caution people about trying to return home.
o Please don't put yourself - or our first responders - at risk.
o Listen to state and local officials who ask you to remain in
shelters, homes or safe places until given the "all clear" to travel. Roads
are very likely to be damaged or blocked by debris. Cars on the road slow
emergency managers and first responders in doing their job.

Outside Contacts:
t We know the people impacted by Hurricane Katrina are suffering, and
our thoughts are with all of those who have been stranded by the storm and
are seeking to connect with family members and friends.
t We are asking individuals who have access to means of communicating
outside of the impacted areas to reach out to loved ones and let them know
they are safe.

o If you evacuated because of Hurricane Katrina, make every attempt to


call friends and loved ones outside the disaster area, and ask that those
you contact pass along information about your safety and whereabouts.
o During a disaster such as this, and with so many communications
systems down, there is no way to have an organized, centralized number or
system to find individuals who evacuated.
o Also, people should understand that due to communication disruptions
during large disasters, it may take several days for loved ones to contact
those outside the disaster area.

Declarations and Assistance:


* President Bush moved quickly to declare major disasters in
Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama making them eligible for presidential
disaster aid for both public and individual aid ensuring the swift response
of the federal government to help Katrinalsvictims.
* The President today verbally declared an emergency exists in the
States of Arkansas and Texas and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and
local response efforts to assist evacuees from the area,struckby Hurricane
45
Katrina and to provide emergency assistance to those areas beginning on
August 29, 2005, and continuing.
t President Bush declared the affected counties in Florida a major
disaster from the initial hit of then category 1 Katrina, freeing up federal
aid and support for county and state government needs.
o With the President's disaster declarations, we are able to bring
full resources of the federal government to bear to help the residents in
the impacted states with emergency needs and recovery support
o Individuals in the declared counties are eligible for disaster
assistance
o 32 parishes in Louisiana have been designated for both Individual
and Public Assistance programs. 15 counties in Mississippi have been
declared for Individual Assistance. 3 counties in Alabama have been
designated Individual Assistance programs and 6 counties for Public
Assistance. Three counties in Florida have been declared for Public
Assistance.
o Damage surveys will commence for other areas after the life-saving
and life-sustaining efforts are complete and more counties and additional
forms of assistance may be designated.
* Affected individuals in declared counties can register online at
www.fema.gov or call PEMA1s toll-free registration line 1-800-621-FEW
(3362) - TTY 800-462-7585.

o Registering on-line is encouraged due to the possibility of high


call volume.
o If registering by phone, owners of commercial properties and
residents with only minor losses are urged to wait a few days before calling
so those whose homes were destroyed or heavily damaged can be served first.
o Storm victims with insurance coverage should contact their insurance
company or agent before calling to report losses and, if necessary, to
request an advance or partial payment of their settlement.
o If you have a family member with internet access who can help you
register, that may also be an option to avoid busy signals and waits on our
teleregistration line.
o www.fema.gov is also a great source to access information on
available assistance, disaster recovery center locations once they begin
opening, and other disaster specific information.
o Our registration centers are operating 24/7, and we've added
personnel to minimize wait time as much as possible.
o We are aware that some people with serious needs might not be able
to call us due to power or phone outages - we'll be operating 24 hours a day
7 days a week until all have a chance to register with FEMA.

* When registering for assistance, P E W i has a number of programs to


help meet basic shelter and emergency needs
o Temporary housing assistance to make repairs to homes with limited
damaged or provide rental assistance to those with more substantial damage
o Low interest disaster loans through SEA to repair or replace homes,
personal property or businesses that sustained damage, not covered by
insurance
o Assistance with other emergency needs, which could include medical
expenses, transportation expenses, or repair or replacement of certain
46
personal property
. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAM) SECURITY
FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Office of Legislative Affairs
202-646-4500
Fax 202-646-3600

CONGRESSIONAL ADVISORY #6
September 2,2005

RESPONSE AND REXOVERY UPDATE HURRICANE KATRINA


Donation Rotline:
FEMA DONATIONS HOTLINE: 1-800-440-6728.

Please be advised that in addition to the information on the FEMA Website, the FEMA
Donation Hotline is now operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Be aware, you and
your constituents may experience delays as we try to assist the thousands of generous
individuals who wish to give to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

FEMA continues to coordinate with State emergency officials within county


emergency operations centers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

FEMA continues with our first priority of life saving efforts, with resources being
directed to those with the most urgent needs.

FEMA continues to push out critical commodities to the impacted areas, including
meals ready to eat, water, ice, medical supplies and generators.

Hurricane Katrina destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, was followed by a


second disaster, that of a great flood. The devastation from the storm stretches 90,000
square miles across the Gulf States.

We ask for patience - though we understand how difficult and emotionally stressfid
your situation may be - as we work 24-hours a day doing all we can to help the
victims of this catastrophic disaster get into a safe and stable place.

This is a time for our nation to band together and lend a helping hand to our fellow
citizens. The outpouring of offers of goods, services and cash donations to the
response effort have been overwhelming, demonstrating the humanity in the wake of
disaster.

lo cat in^ miss in^ and Stranded Individuals:


In order to assist the Coast Guard in identifying and location stranded individuals affected
by Hurricane Katrina, they strongly recommend that if you are aware of a stranded
individual, that you visit this website:
http://homeport.uscg.miUmycg/portaYep/home.do

DHSEEMA Advisory # 6 - Hurricane Katrina Page 1 of 6


> HHS, VA, DOD and NDMS are working in the public health and medical areas and
are working on'establishingtemporary MASH style facilities for the ambulatory and
non-ambulatory cases.
9 Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams have also been deployed to provide medical
care to pets and livestock, as well as provide any needed veterinary medical care for
rescue dogs.

Commodities:

> USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is providing food at shelters and mass feeding
sites and issuing emergency food stamps, infant formula and food packages to
households in need.
> Commodity drops have taken place in harder to reach locations in Mississippi and to
the New Orleans Convention Center where food and water supply was needed
Thursday.
o 6.7 million liters of water delivered
o 1.7 million pounds of ice delivered
o 1.9 million Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) delivered
o 170,000 total meals served in one day throughout affected areas
P There are currently over 1,700 trucks which have been mobilized through federal,
state and contract sources to supply ice, water and supplies. Supplies and equipment
are moving into the hardest hit areas as quickly as possible, especially water, ice,
meals, medical supplies, and generators.

9 While rescue efforts continue, it may be several days before emergency workers are
able to reach all the victims of this hurricane, and we are working to communicate
with those affected in every way possible.
P We will do everything we can to minimize losses and help those affected get back on
their feet. Recovery will take time, but FEMA will be here as long as needed.

Sheltering:

FEMA is supporting our state partners, the American Red Cross and voluntary
agencies in ensuring that victims of the storms are in safe shelters with essential life-
sustaining commodities. Shelters will continue to be the safest place for victims to
stay in place.
FEMA is working with a multi-state housing task force to address expected continued
sheltering and eventual housing needs.
There has been a decrease in total number of evacuees in shelters from 91,024 to
85,034.
More than 600 buses have been sent to the Superdome for the ground evacuation of
individuals sheltered at the Superdome to the Houston, TX Astrodome.
Evacuations have been made to Houston (at capacity) and are beginning Friday to
San Antonio (to be housed at Kelly Air Force Base). Busing will continue from
Louisiana on to Dallas Texas Reunion Arena, now that the Astrodome has reach
capacity.

DHSff EMA Advisory # 6 - Hurricane Katrina Page 3 of 6


Housing:

FEMA has established a Housing Area Command in Baton Rouge, LA to oversee all
temporary housing operations across the Hurricane Katrina impacted areas of
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama
Under FEMA has contracted with five major engineering/constructionfinns to bring
together the necessary level of talent, resources and expertise required for a major
construction effort of this magnitude.
AL Governor Bob Riley has offered hotel and lodge rooms and camp sites suitable
for emergency housing trailers at Alabama's 22 state parks to evacuees.
FEMA, in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security Private
Sector Office, is working to identify, locate and procure a wide variety of
transportable housing types and units sufficient to meet the demand.

Working through the emergency support functions of the disaster, the Dept. of
Transportation is reporting that all bridges and railways are closed in New Orleans,
and the port is closed.
In Mississippi, I10 is open with one lane westbound open for emergency response
vehicles only. There is damage to all 1-10 bridges. U.S. 90 bridge is destroyed.
A team of 66 transportation experts is supporting state and local officials in the
damage assessment of highways, railroads, airports, transit systems, ports and
pipelines. The Department of Transportation is supporting detour planning and critical
transportation system repairs.
As of September 2 at 6:00 am., 1.79 million customers are without power throughout
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Louisiana - 780,735; MS - 774,244; Alabama
-235,213

Staying Put:

P We still have many people very much in harm's way, and want to caution people
about trying to return home.
> Please don't put yourself - or our first responders - at risk.
P Listen to state and local officials who ask you to remain in shelters, homes or safe
places until given the "all clear" to travel. Roads are very likely to be damaged or
blocked by debris. Cars on the road slow emergency managers and first responders in
doing their job.

Outside Contacts:

We know the people impacted by Hurricane Katrina are suffering, and our thoughts
are with all of those who have been stranded by the storm and are seeking to connect
with family members and friends.
We are asking individuals who have access to means of communicating outside of the
impacted areas to reach out to loved ones and let them know they are safe.
If you evacuated because of Hurricane Katrina, make every attempt to call &ends and
loved ones outside the disaster area, and ask that those you contact pass along
information about your safety and whereabouts.

DHS/FEMA Advisory # 6 - Hunicane Katrina Page 4 of 6


9 During a disaster such as this, and with so many communications systems down,
the= is no way to have an organized, centralized number or system to find individuals
who evacuated.
> Also, people should understand that due to communication disruptions during large
disasters, it may take several days for loved ones to contact those outside the disaster
area.

Declarations Status:
9 President Bush moved quickly to declare major disasters in Louisiana, Mississippi
and Alabama making them eligible for presidential disaster aid for both public and
individual aid ensuring the swift response of the federal govenunent to help Katrina's
victims.
The President today verbally declared an emergency exists in the States of Arkansas
and Texas and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts to
assist evacuees from the area struck by Hurricane Katrina and to provide emergency
assistance to those areas beginning on August 29,2005, and continuing.
President Bush declared the affected counties in Florida a major disaster from the
initial hit of then category I Katrina, freeing up federal aid and support for county and
state government needs.
With the President's disaster declarations, we are able to bring full resources of the
federal government to bear to help the residents in the impacted states with emergency
needs and recovery support.
Individuals in the declared counties are eligible for disaster assistance
32 parishes in Louisiana have been designated for both Individual and Public
Assistance programs. 15 counties in Mississippi have been declared for Individual
Assistance. 3 counties in Alabama have been designated Individual Assistance
programs and 6 counties for Public Assistance. Three counties in Florida have been
declared for Public Assistance.
Damage surveys will commence for other areas after the life-saving and life-
sustaining efforts are complete and more counties and additional forms of assistance
may be designated.

Disaster Assistance:

> Affected individuals in declared counties can register online at www.fema.~ovor


call FEMA's toll-free registration line 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) - TTY 800-462-
7585.
o Registering on-line is encouraged due to the possibility of high call volume.
o If registering by phone, owners of commercial properties and residents with
only minor losses are urged to wait a few days before calling so those whose
homes were destroyed or heavily damaged can be served first.
o Storm victims with insurance coverage should contact their insurance
company or agent before calling to report losses and, if necessary, to request
an advance or partial payment of their settlement.
o If you have a family member with internet access who can help you register,
that may also be an option to avoid busy signals and waits on our .
teleregistration line.
o www.fema.gov is also a great source to access information on available
assistance, disaster recovery center locations once they begin opening, and
other disaster specific information.

DHSEEMA Advisory # 6 - Hurricane Katrina Page 5 of 6


o Our registration centers are operating 2417, and we've added personnel to
minimize wait time as much as possible.
o We are aware that some people with serious needs might not be able to call
us due to power or phone outages - we'll be operating 24 hours a day 7 days
a week until all have a chance to register with FEMA.

P When registering for assistance, FEMA has a number of programs to help meet basic
shelter and emergency needs.
o Temporary housing assistance to make repairs to homes with limited
damaged or provide rental assistance to those with more substantial damage
o Low interest disaster loans through SBA to repair or repiace homes, personal
property or businesses that sustained damage, not covered by insurance
o Assistance with other emergency needs, which wuld include medical
expenses, transportation expenses, or repair or replacement of certain
personal property

You may visit the FEMA web-site at www.fema~ov,for updated response and recovery
information. If you have questions or need additional information on the& incidents, please
call FEMA's Office of Legislative Affairs at (202) 646-4500; (FAX) (202) 646-3600.

DHS/FEMA Advisory # 6 - Hurricane Katrina Page 6 of 6

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Dyson, Nicole .

From: Dyson. Nicole


Sent: Friday, September 02,2005 5:33 PM
To: Murkowski - Kristin Pugh; Murkowski - Nathan Bergerbest; Stevens - David Russell; Stevens -
Melanie Alvord; Young - Chuck Cogar; Young - Grant Thompson; Craig - Chelsey Penrod ;
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Craig - Mike Tracy ;Craig Mike Ware; Craig - Travis Jones; Crapo - Ken Flanz; Crapo Tim -
- - -
Schlack; Crapo Will Hart ;Otter - Jani Revier; Otter Jeff Malmen; Otter Malisah Johnson;
Otter - Marcia Bain; Otter - Tana Cory; Simpson - Brandon Tucker; Simpson - Linda Culver;
Blumenauer - Janine Benner; Blurnenauer - Kathy Eastman; Blumenauer - Mariia
Zimmerman; DeFazio - David Dreher; DeFazio - Janice Kelly; DeFazio - Kathy Dedrick;
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DeFazio - Penny Dodge; Hodey Alison Craig; Hooley - Joan Mooney; Smith - Chris
Matthews ; Smith - Gary Schmidt; Smith -John Easton; Smith - Kathryn Webb; Smith - Matt
Hill ; Smith - Rian Windsheimer; Smith - Wally Hsueh; Walden - Kim Krebs; Walden - Paul
Griffin; Walden - Steve Gilmore; Wu - Ted Liu; Wyden - Amy Adamsak ;Wyden - Josh
Kardon; Wyden -Joshua Sheinkman ;Wyden - Kim McCrary ;Baird - Matthew Beck; Baird -
Michael Canning; Cantwell - Sally Hintz; Cantwell - Travis Sullivan; Dicks - Alyson Daly; Dicks
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- Colin Sheldon; Dicks - George Behan; Dunn Chris Miller; Dunn Danielle Holland; Hastings
- Ed Cassidy; Hastings - Jennifer Spurgat; Hastings - Jessica Gleason; lnslee - Brian
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Bonlender; lnslee - Brian Peters; lnslee Joby Shimomura; lnslee - Roel Van der Lugt; Larsen
- Jeff Bjomstad; McDerrnott - Darcy Nothnagle; McDermott - Jan Shinpoch; McDermott Sean -
Hughes; Murray - Dale Leam; Murray - Rick Desimone; Reichert - Heather Janik; Smith Lars -
Anderson; Smith - Shana Chandler; Smith - Tina Johnson
Subject: RESPONSE AND RECOVERY UPDATE Hurricane Katrina - Region V

Attachments: -
Congressional Advisory 6 9.2.05.doc

Good Afternoon,

Included in this Advisory - Update to FEMA's Response to Hurricane Katrina:

FEMA Donations Hotline - Up and Running 24-hours a day!


U.S. Coast Guard MissinglStranded Person's Website
FEMA Website. with links to various information, disaster contacts, and websites
The American Red Cross launched a website linking family members who are seeking news about loved ones living in the path of
Hurricane Katrina. Visit the 'Family Links Registry"via www.redcross.ora <h~:llwww.redcross.orq>to register yourself, a missing
relative or view the existing list of registrants.There is a link on the FEW homepage to this site.

Congressional
Asivisoiy 6 - 9.2 ...

We have included the information below for individual's with Blackberry access.

RESPONSE AND RECOVERY UPDATE HURRICANE KATRINA

Donation Hotline:
FEMA DONATIONS HOTLINE: 1-800-440-6728.

Please be advised that in addition to the information on the FEMA Website, the FEMA Donation Hotline
is now operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Be aware, you and your constituents may experience
delays as we try to assist the thousands of generous individuals who wish to give to the victims of
Hurricane Katrina

FEMA continues to coordinate with State emergency officials within county emergency operations
centers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

FEMA continues with our first priority of life saving efforts, with resources being diuected to those with
the most urgent needs.

FEMA continues to push out critical commodities to the impacted areas, including meals ready to eat,
water, ice, medical supplies and generators.

Hurricane Katrina destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, was followed by a second disaster, that
of a great flood. The devastation fiom the storm stretches 90,000 square miles across the Gulf States.

We ask for patience - though we understand how difficult and emotionally stressful your situation may be
- as we work 24-hours a day doing all we can to help the victims of this catastrophic disaster get into a
safe and stable place.

This is a time for our nation to band together and lend a helping hand to our fellow citizens. The
outpouring of offers of goods, services and cash donations to the response effort have been overwhelming,
demonstrating the humanity in the wake of disaster.

-LocatingMissing and Stranded Individuals:


In order to assist the Coast Guard in identifying and location stranded individuals affected by Hurricane Katrina,
they strongly recommend that if you are aware of a stranded individual, that you visit this website:

and complete the missing and stranded persons form, and it will be fed directly to rescue operations. In
addition, this website has additional emergency phone numbers to assist with the recovery efforts.
h t t ~ ~ / w w w . ~ r s t ~ o v . p ? o v / C i t i z e n / T o p i ~Katriaa
c a n e Recovery.shtml

The American Red Cross launched a website linking family members who are seeking news about loved ones living in the path of
Hurricane Katrina. Visit the 'Family Links Registry"via www.redcross.om <http:liwww.redcross.ors> to register yourself, a missing
relative or view the existing list of registrants. There is a link on the FEMA homepage to this site.

Life Savinp Efforts:

- Twenty Eight Urban Search and Rescue task forces are working in Louisiana and Mississippi. Eight swift
water teams from California are also deployed making a total of nearly 1,800 personnel.
1 More than 7,000 rescues have been reported by Search and Rescue units
- 2,000 by Urban Search and Rescue Teams
1 5,000 by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) ships, boats and aircraft

Security:

The u m l y behavior of residents of New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina has not
only been a great disappointment but a danger to their fellow citizens.

With 13,000 National Guard on the ground in three states and an additional 1,400 arriving Thursday,
another 1,400 Friday and 1,400 on Saturday, security of victims in the wake of Hurricane Katrina will be
much improved. A total of 27,000 members of the National Guard will be deployed to the affected areas.
For those in Louisiana, the National Guard is assisting with security around the evacuations.

New Orleans has now also received 200 Border Patrol agents, 200 additional law enforcement officers
fiom other Louisianajurisdictions as well as 2,000 officers from neighboring states to assist in restoring
order in the streets of New Orleans.

Medical Resources:

- Over fifty teams fiom the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) have been deployed.
44 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams
1 4 Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams
2 4 Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams
3 1 MentalHealth
4 1 National Medical Response Teams
Seven NDMS Disaster Medical Assistance Teams @MATS) and 3 strike teams are supporting New
Orleans medical facilities and hospitals not hlly operational as a result of Humcane Katrina, as well as
setting up Mash style tents.
1 Seven DMATs and 3 strike teams are supporting New Orleans medical facilities and hospitals not hlly
operational as a result of Hunicane Katrina.
2 Five NDMS DMATs and 5 strike teams are working in medical facilities and hospitals in GulEport, Biloxi
and other areas of Mississippi.
3 2,000 patients have been evacuated through the New Orleans airport.
4 NDMS has also identified 2,600 hospital beds in a 12-state area around the affected area and is working
with DOD and the Veteran's Administration to move patients from the affected areas to these facilities.
5 HHS, VA, DOD and NDMS are working in the public health and medical areas and are working on
establishing temporary MASH style facilities for the ambulatory and non-ambulatory cases.
6 Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams have also been deployed to provide medical care to pets and
livestock, as well as provide any needed veterinary medical care for rescue dogs.

Commodities:

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is providing food at shelters and mass feeding sites and issuing
emergency food stamps, infant formula and food packages to households in need.
1 Commodity drops have taken place in harder to reach locations in Mississippi and to the New orleans
Convention Center where food and water supply was needed Thursday.
- 6.7 million liters of water delivered
1 1.7 million pounds of icecelivered
2 1.9 million Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) delivered
3 170,000 total meals served in one day throughout affected areas
There are currently over 1,700 trucks which have been mobilized through federal, state and contract
sources to supply ice, water and supplies. Supplies and equipment are moving into the hardest hit areas as
quickly as possible, especially water, ice, meals, medical supplies, and generators.

While rescue efforts continue, it may be several days before emergency workers are able to reach all the
victims of this hurricane, and we are working to communicate with those affected in every way possible.
We will do everything we can to minimize losses and help those affected get back on their feet.
Recovery will take time, but FEhW will be here as long as needed.

Sheltering:

FEMA is supporting our state partners, the American Red Cross and voluntary agencies in ensuring that
victims of the storms are in safe shelters with essential life-sustainingcommodities. Shelters will
continue to be the safest place for victims to stay in place.
FEMA is working with a multi-state housing task force to address expected continued sheltering and
eventual housing needs.
There has been a decrease in total number of evacuees in shelters from 91,024 to 85,034.
More than 600 buses have been sent to the Superdome for the ground evacuation of individuals sheltered
at the Superdome to the Houston, TX Astrodome.
Evacuations have been made to Houston (at capacity) and are beginning Friday to San Antonio (to be
housed at Kelly Air Force Base). Busing will continue fiom Louisiana on to Dallas Texas Reunion Arena,
now that the Astrodome has reach capacity.

Housinp:

FEMA has established a Housing Area Command in Baton Rouge, LA to oversee all temporary housing
operations across the Hurricane Katrina impacted areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Under FEMA has contracted with five major engineering/construction firms to bring together the
necessary level of talent, resources and expertise required for a major construction effort of this
magnitude.
AL Governor Bob Riley has offered hotel and lodge rooms and camp sites suitable for emergency
housing trailers at Alabama's 22 state parks to evacuees.
FEMA, in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security Private Sector Office, is
working to identify, locate and procure a wide variety of transportable housing types and units sufficient
to meet the demand.

0 Working through the emergency support functions of the disaster, the Dept. of Transportation is reporting
that all bridges and railways are closed in New Orleans, and the port is closed.
In Mississippi, 1-10 is open with one lane westbound open for emergency response vehicles only. There
is damage to all 1-10 bridges. U.S. 90 bridge is destroyed
A team of 66 transportation experts is supporting state and local officials in the damage assessment of
highways, railroads, airports, transit systems, ports and pipelines. The Department of Transportation is
supporting detour planning and critical transportation system repairs.
As of September 2 at 6:00 a.m., 1.79 million customers are without power throughout Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Alabama. Louisiana - 780,735; MS - 774,244; Alabama - Z35,2 13

Staying Put:

We still have many people very much in harm's way, and want to caution people about trying to return
home.
Please don't put yourself - or our first responders - at risk.
Listen to state and local officials who ask you to remain in shelters, homes or safe places until given the
"all clear" to travel. Roads are very likely to be damaged or blocked by debris. Cars on the road slow
emergency managers and first responders in doing their job.

Outside Contacts:

We know the people impacted by Hurricane Katrina are suffering, and our thoughts are with all of those
who have been stranded by the storm and are seeking to connect with family members and friends.
We are asking individuals who have access to means of communicating outside of the impacted areas to
reach out to loved ones and let them know they are safe.
If you evacuated because of Hurricane Katrina, make every attempt to call friends and loved ones outside
the disaster area, and ask that those you contact pass along information about your safety and
4
whereabouts.
During a disaster such as this, and with so many communications systems down, there is no way to have
an organized, centralized number or system to find individuals who evacuated.
Also, people should understand that due to communication disruptions during large disasters, it may take
several days for loved ones to contact those outside the disaster area

Declarations Status:
President Bush moved quickly to declare major disasters in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama making
them eligible for presidential disaster aid for both public and individual aid ensuring the swift response of
the federal government to help Katrina's victims.
The President today verbally declared an emergency exists in the States of Arkansas and Texas and
ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts to assist evacuees from the area struck
by Hurricane Katrina and to provide emergency assistance to those areas beginning on August 29,2005,
and continuing.
President Bush declared the affected counties in Florida a major disaster &om the initial hit of then
category 1 Katrina, freeing up federal aid and support for county and state government needs.
With the President's disaster declarations, we are able to bring full resources of the federal government to
bear to help the residents in the impacted states with emergency needs and recovery support.
Individuals in the declared counties are eligible for disaster assistance
32 parishes in Louisiana have been designated for both Individual and Public Assistance programs. 15
counties in Mississippi have been declared for Individual Assistance. 3 counties in Alabama have been
designated Individual Assistance programs and 6 counties for Public Assistance. Three counties in
Florida have been declared for Public Assistance.
Damage surveys will commence for other areas after the life-saving and life-sustaining efforts are
complete and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated.

Disaster Assistance:

- Affected individuals in declared counties can register online at www.ferna.~ovor call FEMA's toll-free
registration line 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) - TTY 800-462-7585.
Registering on-line is encouraged due to the possibility of high call volume.
1 If registering by phone, owners of commercial properties and residents with only minor losses are
urged to wait a few days before calling so those whose homes were destroyed or heavily
damaged can be served first.
2 Stom victims with insurance coverage should contact their insurance company or agent before
calling to report losses and, if necessary, to request an advance or partial payment of their
settlement.
3 If you have a family member with internet access who can help you register, that may also be an
option to avoid busy signals and waits on our teleregistration line.
4 www.fema.~ovis also a great source to access information on available assistance, disaster
recovery center locations once they begin opening, and other disaster specific information.
5 Our registration centers are operating 2417, and we've added personnel to minimize wait time as
much as possible.
6 We are aware that some people with serious needs might not be able to call us due to power or
phone outages - we'll be operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week until all have a chance to
register with FEMA.

When registering for assistance, FEMA has a number of programs to help meet basic shelter and
emergency needs.
- Temporary housing assistance to make repairs to homes with limited damaged or provide rental
assistance to those with more substantial damage
5
.. 1 Low interest disaster loans through SBA to repair or replace homes, personal property or
businesses that sustained damage, not covered by insurance
2 Assistance with other emergency needs, which could include medical expenses, transportation
expenses, or repair or replacement of certain personal property

You may visit the FEMA web-site at www.fema.gov <http://www.fema.~ov/>, for updated response and
recovery information. If' you have questions or need additional information on these incidents, please call
FEMA's Office of Legislative Affairs at (202) 646-4500; (FAX) (202) 646-3600.
FEMA UPDATE. LA-DCOPDCE, 13 1300s SEP 05 - 14 1300s SEP 0 5

There are 22,386 active duty and 70,699 (19,710 in LA) Nahonal Guardsmen supporting relief
operations in the Katrina Joint Operations Area. (JTF Kafrina Cammander's Assessment 1307005
SEP 05) DoD missions include security, planning, Command and control, lodging, logistical
support, debris clearance, water/ice/food distribution, medical evacuation, search and rescue,
infra?mctuce, fkefighting, and many other missions in support of the/ state of LA and City of New
Orleans-

Current Action Request Forms (ARF) received to date is 65 with 4 1 Mission Assignment (MA)
working and 24 reassigned to other agencies.

U.S. ground forces are completing primary search and rescue evacuation operations in the NOLA
area.

Coordination meeting betweenPFQ:staff JTF Katrina staff, DCE liaison, DMORT persofmel54th
QM Mortuary Affairs staff,,representatives from the LA medical examiner, and Kenyon Id. at 14
10005 SEP 05 DMORT forward CP in NOLA to f i l i z e the mission of the 54&QM Mortuary
Affairs team ,

Aerial mosquito abatcwnt began 12 SEP 05. Acrial missions operate between 1545s-2045s and,-
cover 120,000 amis per day- (SfattdFEU4 &leconfererrce 122000SSEP 05) Missions will be flown
daily (flight conditions permitting) within rectangular blocks coordinated by Aircraft Operations
Centcr (AOC) airspace and Center for Diseasc Center (CDC). Spraying operations usually require
multiple applications 7-10 Day interval. Operation duration possibly 2-3 months. Tonight's mission
is in the Orleans Parish.
ESF 3

Unwatering operations are pumping 10,390 cubic feet per second out of Orleans, East Orleans, and S t
Bernard Parishes-

The Project Manager estimates that the unwatering mission in St. Bernard Parish is four days from
-coqiletioa

Response teams ih St Bernard Parish report that the canals will be frec of oil in the next sewn days.

The Dutch mobile pump team redepioyed to Plaquemincs Parish because of the continuing success of
u n w a t e ~ gin S t h d ' s Ninth Ward.

The five pumps operating in the flooded area south of Port Sulphurare circulating water in order to prevent
stagnation- Once thc%rcacliwarc closed,'thc pumps will permanently cvacuab the water.

The Projcct Managcr in East Orleans Parish is concerned that that'security is a n issue at Pump Stations 1.3.
and 7. Coordination is on going with the National Guard and the 82&Airborne to reinforce these sites.
Hurricane Katrina

0600 EDT September 6,2005


Current Situation
- New Orleans Cih. Government: Request for Federal relief-in-place for Fire,

-
Police, and EMS n& are being met
1,200 fire-fighters are being provided through the E m g e n c y Management

- Assistance Compact (EMAC): 420 from NY,580 60m IL, and 200 G A
230 FDNY fire-fighters are on the ground in New Orleans and che
remainder will arrive by Wednesday morning, September 7.
New Orleans' request for law enforcement and city administration staffiug
is bang currently k i n g worked.
Commodities Delivered - Cumulative
(hof 2030 Scptcmbcx 5 )

Louisiana Alabama
m9,200,000 lbs of ice -7,240,000 Ibs of ice
+,6 12,000 liters of water -2,284,000 liters of
-7,376,256 MRE3 water
-3 1,680 tarps
-60 generators -
= 1,247,616 MREs
18,480 brps
-20 generators

Mississippi TOTALS:
'23,200,000 Ibs of ice 39,640 lbs of ice
-6,084,000 liters of waier 17,!980 liters of
-2,735,112 MREs
m4,032 rolls of plastic
sheeting
- water
11,358,984 MRE;s
4,032 roIls of plastic
* 13,200 tarps 63,360tarps
-30 generators 110 generators

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Emergency Management Assistance
Compact (EMAC)
LA and MS have adequate police and fire support. 1000 a d d i t i d
firefighters are in or on their way to New Odeans.
= Request for administrative personnel to assist running New Odeans
has been withdrawn pending more detailed request of need.
FEMA coordinating with NEMA to relieve and maintain F E W staff
in LA, MS, AL, and TX.
= Tbe National Governor's Association, in coordinatron with EMAC and
VA, is building a national inventory of assets and resources.
43 states have provided EMAC assistance in 458 missions.
AU 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have offered aid.
= 3 1,160 persome1 have been deployed through EMAC, including
support fiom the National Guard

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Emergency Support Functions (ESF)
Updates
ESF-1 Transportation (Department of Transportation - DOT)
Evacuations &om LA continue to 16 locations in 10 states, but at a
considerably diminished level fiom previous days
Local authorities are setting up multiple collection points for evacuees in
New Orleans.
= Maritime Administraticm (MARAD) to be used for port recovery
operations, including, berthing ships, a crane ship, and a tanker.
= Approximately 8 sorties are sctreduled to transport 1,000 evacuees
September 6.
A second staging area has been established in Lake Charles, LA.
More than 1,100 buses in the pipeline at or W e e n destinations with 173
in metropolitan New Orleans, 220 further from New Odeam, and 116
dropping off evacuees at Ft. Smith-Ft. Chaffee, AIR
ESF Updates (conti)
ESF-2 Communications (Department of Homeland Security - DHS)
Communications within impacted areas are improving.
Mobile communications assets are being provided to Federal, State, and local
government agencies and emergency responders.
Issues affecting communications restoration: safety of personnel and equipment,
fuel shipments to ensure sites on backup power remain operational and-
accommodations for personnel.
Working with wireless providers to set up a wireless network in New Orleans to
rmport National Guard and emergency responders.

ESF-3 Public Works & Engineering (Department of Defense & US Army1


Corps of Engineers (USACE) -
2 =Water and ice deliveries, and repair of levees remain highest priorities
678 Corps of Engineers personnel deployed.
2417 dredging of Galveston Bay berths continuing to support cruise s h p
deployment
Un-watering of New Orleans, LA is progressing.
Air transport of bottled water diverted to Gulfport, MS because FAA deemed
Stems (NASA) Center unsafe for night operations

0600 Briefing 6 September 2005 - 17 -


ESF Updates (cont.)
&F-4 Firefighting (Department of Agriculture, Forest Service)
325 NYC fire fighters arrived in New Orleans September 5.
Incident management teams (IMTs) lave been deployed to establish base
camps at Moss Point, MS;Mobile, AL; and Hammond, LA A base camp
1w been established at S t Gabrid, LA A Type 2 IJkU is in San Antonio,
TX to undertake the management of housing and feeding of the 12,000
evacuees at the Alamo Dome.

ESF-5 Emergency Management (Department of Homeland Security)


Focusing on immediate Federal priorities.

ESF-6 Mass Care, Housing & Human Services (American Red Cross and
DICIS-FEW)
American Red Cross meals served to date: 7,085,658
= Registrations

- - Cumulative: 261,946; LA: 299,890;MS: 41,367; AL: 20,689


Housing Inspections for Individual Assistance
Cumulative: 7,633; LA: 3,883; MS: 1,293; At: 2,457
ESF Updates (cont.)
1 ESF-7 Resource Support (Geoerrl Services Administration)
Received request to source a tmvel agency to process travel requests
fiom displaced persons &om TX.
Request to source up to 1,000 trucks of ice; and a maximum o f 500
tnrcks of bottled water, and plastic bottles.

I .ESF-IIPublic Health & Medical Services (Health & Human Services)

I Requests in process for public and medical services for data collection,
immunization, counseling, and medical supplies.
4,WO+ hospital beds available at New Orleans International Airport,
USS BAATAN, USS IWO JlMq Alexandria Airport, and 10 Fed&
Medical Centers.

i .* USNS COMFORT to arrive in Mayport, FL on September 9 to board


deployed personnel.

1
Aii medical evacuation and search and rescue focused on Algiers, LA;
3,000 individuals awaiting evacuation.
ESF Updates (cont.)
*
SF-9 Urban Search & RescuelSwift Water Search & Rescue (DHS)
10 Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) being demobilized and replaced with
Task Forces staged in Dallas and Houston, T X
= Incident Support Teams have 22 Federal Protective Service officas and 15
Miami police officers providing protection to M)MS recovery operations.

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ESF Updates (cont.)

ESF-1 I Agriculture & Natural Resources (WSDA)

-
Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Disaster Food Stamps requests-
Louisiana - operatmg a D~sasterFood Stamp Program; benefit totaling
$25,542,726.
Mississippi -FNS is processing a request to initiate program
Alabama- request to operate Disaster Food Stamp Program forthcoming
Commndties:
* 11 million pounds of commodities and 1.2 million pounds of baby foods
diverted from existing sources or purchased for affected states.
FNS is coordinating with America's Second Harvest to shp 6 truckloads
of commodities to Baton Rouge,Baker, and Alexandria, LA.

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Current Situation
',

Evacuatioos:
1,922 evacuees will be air transported fiom New Orleans to 5
installations: Philadelphia, PA; Greendle, SC; Columbia, SC;
Phoenix, AZ; and Scott AFB, lL September 7.

New Orleans - Outlying Parishes:


1 five-member Strike Teams in each of the 8 most severely
affkxted Parishes and city of New Orleans:

Jefferson St. Bernard


.
I Lafourche St. Charles
Orleans St. Tammany
Plaquemines Washington

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Current Situation
= Telecommunications: Communications within impacted areas are improving
as power is restored and facifities are becomingaccessible to repair crews.
MS is receiving assistance in defuting solutions and resources to
increase their 91 1 call voiume capacity.
= Power:
= Customers without power, as of 1200 September6:
Louisiana 529,000
~ i s s i ~ 329.758
p i
TotaE 858,758 customers without power

- Power restored to nearly all cusfomersm Alabama.


Shelters:
235,408 evacuees are cwently residing in American Red Cross (ARC),
- non-ARC, and state-nunshelters in 17 d a t e s
Mitieation: Preliminary flood insurance claims filed for Hurricane Katrina

-
totd 77.429- Totals by state:
FlOnda: 5,979

-= Louisianz 61,934
Wissippi: 7,304
Alabama- 2,2 12
Current Situation
- - InternationalAid:
Over 90 countries and international organizationshave offered assistance;
coordinationbeing woriced by Department of State.
State Department and DoD will establish Little Rock AFB, AR as

- L
operations staging area for international logistics aid.
Federal Disaster Assistance:
Immediate individual emergency needs will be met through debit cards
with initial payment of $2,000each to registered, eligible evacuees.
= 600,000 debit cards are expected to be delivered September 9.
DRCs:

=
12 Di- R-very
4
Centas (DRCs are now open: 5 in Alabama; 2 in
Mississpp~;2 lo Louisiana; and 3 in exas.
Individual ~ s s k n c e :
318,778 teteregistrations have been taken for AL,LA, and MS as of
September 6.
- 9,878 housing damage inspections have been completed
Federal Personnel: 6,038 FEMA personnel and 1.434 non-FEMA civilians
have been deployed in support of Katrina response and recovery operations.
Current Situation
Lonp-Term Housing:
Housing stock may take 3 to 5 years to re-establish; based on the
assumption that approximately 300,000 families need temporary housing
Strategic planning to provide relocation from megashelter centers poses
unique challenges.
Efficient effective methods of transportation are being formulated.
Suitable, affordable, tzansitional temporaiy housing must be located

-
to accommodate ihe relocation
Short-term housing includes: shelters, h v e I travels, temporary
roof patches, hotevrnotel rooms, and cruise ships.
Time is required to establish mobile home parks, conversion of
commercial space, construction of new homes, and rehabilitation
of public housing.
Prior to landfall of Katrina, a Housing Area Command was established in
Baton Rouge, LA to coordinate temporary and long-term housing.
Coordination of Federal, State, and Locd officials will be ongoing with
emphasis on meeting best building practice$ comprehensive planning,
and local guidelines.
Shelter Status
Evacuees in American Red Cross (ARC), non-ARC, and state-run shelters:

STATE POPUTION
Alabama 5.07 1
Arizona 568
Arkansas 15,537
Colorado 165

Georgia 1,484
Louisiana 67,807
Michigan I ,m
Mississippi 13,757 Total: 235,408

Additionaiiy Illinois, lndiana, Iowa, Maryland, b c h u s e t t s , M k e s o t a , Montana,


Nevada, Ohio, and Oregon and the District of Columbia have agreed to accept evacuees.

@FEMA UNCLASSIFIOD I FOUO o s o 0 ~ 17 ~ -10- m


I
Hurricane Katrina
Allocated Space for Evacuees as of 0300. Mondav. Sentember 5.2005
Federal Declarations
Disaster Declaratioas
Florida DR- 1602-FL approved 8/28 O;CO Justin DeMello)
Louisiana DR- 1603-LA approved 8/29 (FCO BiU Lokey)
Mississippi DR- 1604-MS approved 8/29 (FCO Bill Carwile, 111)
Alabama DR- 1605-AL approved 8/29 (FCO Ron Slm-~~an)

Emereency Dedarations Emergency Declarations have


Arkansas EM-3215-AR approved 9n also been requested by:
Texas EM-3216-TX approved 9/2
Tennessee EM-32 17-TN K,RY,MI, MO, MN,W
approved 9/5 SC,WA and the District of
Georgia EM-3218-GA approved 9/5 Columbia
Oklahoma EM-32 19-OK approved 9/5
Florida EM-3220-FL approved 9/5
West V u g i ~ a EM-3221-WV approved 9/S
North Carolina EM-3222-NC approved 9/5
Utah EM-3223-UT approved 9/5
Colorado EM-3224-CO approved 9/5
Emergency ~ a n a g e m e hAssistance
t
Compact @MAC)
In LA, all current State requests for law enfmcemenf firefighter, and .
Emergency Medical Services have been filled. Specific types of support may

- be requested at a later date.


MS has reported no significant State requirements for firefighters at this time,
but has requested specific fueligbting resources, such as Incident Management
Teamso.
MS has asked states to identitjr groups of 50-100 law enforcement personnel

- for potential deployment at a later date.


Louisiana has asked states to identify Coroner and Medical Investigation
teams for later deployment
3 1,160 personnel have been deployed through EMAC, including support from

- the National Guard.


The request for a managementteam in New Orieans is still being prepared
The request wtII likely focus on strategic pIanning and impternentation to
restore pubbbc dety and essential city services.

FEMA UNCLASSlFlEDt FOUO 0600~0i TSeptember2a35 - 1 4 -


Immediate Federal Priorities
- Life saving/Search and rescue.
Immediate medical care including evacuation of hospitals and -
personnel requiring medical care.
Continue air and ground evacuation.
Maintaining civil order and public safety, including response

- personnel.
k s Care for victims and responders (shelter, food and water).
r

Maintaining commodity flow into disaster areas, including sufficient


he1 for response and iecovery activities.
Restoring power and communications.
Repairing levee breaches and de-watering in New.Orieans-
Medium-Term .FederalPriorities
Shelteringltemporary housing for victims and responders.
Addressing intermediate m e d i d needs of disaster victims.
Decontaminatiodsanitation-
Restating idhstructure capabilities.

Long-Term Federal Priorities


Full infrastructure restoration.
Permanent housing solutions.
Human services, including unemployment and individual assistance,
crisis counseling, and mental heal& counseling.
Long-term community recovery and restofation.
Specialized Response Teams
-
National Disaster M e d i i Svstm (NDMS) - 85 Teams eneaged
Louisiana 1
= Misskippi:
48 NDMS Teams engaged
32 NDMS Teams engaged
= Texas- 5 NDMS Teams engaged

-
Urban Search and Rescue WS&R)
Louisiana r
= Mississwi:
6 US&R Teams engaged and I SWR Team engaged
4 US&R Teams engaged

Mobile Emewency Response System - 29 Units eneaeed


Louisiana r 10 Units engaged
= Mississippi: 12 Units engaged

- Alabama:
Floridar
Georgia:
2 Units engaged
1 Unit engaged
i Unit engaged
WashingtonD.C.: 1Unit engaged
Virginia: i Unit engaged
m Maryland: 1Unit engaged
Commodities Delivered - Cumulative
(As of0600 -tla 7)

Louisiana Alabama
9,200,000 lbs of ice 7,600,000 Ibs of ice
9,450,000 liters of water 2,466,000 liters of water
7,266,s 16 MREs
30,240 tarps
5 1 generaton
-
= 1,378,944 MREs

.
I
17,640 taips
17 generators

-
Mississippi
28,%0,000 Ibs of ice
GFUND TOTALS:
45,760,000 Ibs of ice

- 9,306,000 liters ofwater


3,305,988 MREs
28,224 rolls of pIastic
--
21,222,000 liters of water
11,950,848 MREs
28,224 rolls o f plastic
sheeting 70;560tarps
= 22,680 tarps 145 generators
77 generators
ESF Updates
ESF-3 Public Works & Engineering (Department of Defense & US
Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) (con't.)
Flood fighting:
USACE designed three breaches to assist in un-watering efforts at:
Placquemines Parish at Bohemla, St. Bernard Parish, and New Orleans
East
= The water level in Bernard Parish has dropped approximately 4-feet.
Ice Water Generators:
= To date, 27,540,000 liters of water and 83,440,000 pounds of ice have been
provided by USACE.
Alabama ower team will be sending their recovered or excess generators
to MS a n i ~ ~ . . .

Debns:
- Discussing alternatives with local and county officials to develop
altematives for debris removal. 23 trucks have been certified with more
pendmg.
Temporary roofing:
= Standard press release has been developed and will be distributed once
established for each county. USACE has staged 72 truckloads of tarps in
antlc~pationof notice to proceed.

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ESP Updates
ESF-6 Mass Care, Housing & Human Services (American Red Cross

- and DHS-FEW)

- - American Red Cross meals served to date: 7,930,002.


Registcations:
Cumulative: 3 18,778 ;LA: 238,056; MSr 56,765;AL: 23,957

- -
Housfflglnsgections for Individual Assistance:
Curnulati~e:9,878; LA: 4,730; MS- 1,647; ALr 3,501
Working to provide for the immediate monetary needs of qualified applicants

- through a debit card program,


Immediate and long-term crisis counseling needs are being addressed.
Acquisition and site selection is ongoing for mobile homes and travel trailer
housing throug€~out the a f f d area
ESF Updates
1 ; ESF-7 Resource Support (General Services Administration)
=
d'
Logistics is maintaining an aggressive delivery strategy of critical commodities to
LA and MS.
500 trucks of ice and 500 trucks o f water scheduled for delivery.
- '
kSF3 Public Heaith & Medical Services (Health & Human Semites)

- I
=
-
Ongoiw e f f i :
Coord'mating hospital, medical, and mental health services for evacuees
= Coordinatingand expediting mortuary care
= Providing mental health care for first responde~s.
Working with Health and Human Services to provide public health
assessments, sanitation, hygiene and infection control in sheitas &d
affectedareas.

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ESF Updates
-
ESF-9 Urban Search & RescueISwift Water Search & Rescue (DHS)
I0 Urban Search and Rescue task forces to be demobilized and replaced with task
forces h m TX
8

1 Swift Water Rescue team remains in the field; 7 have been demobilized. B
37 security persoonel (22 federal protective service otticers and I S Miami police

- offleas) providing protective sexvices d G g needed recovery operations


Researcching locations for the task forces and security penomel to rest and receive
food and water.
ESF Updates
ESF-11 Agriculture & Natural Resources (USDA)
= Disaster Food Stamp Promam CDFSP):
LA:87,964 households certified. $32,455,998 total benefits to date.
TX: 51,661 households certified. Benefit amount not available.
=. Mississippi: Awaiting approval to extend certification periods and to run
a Disaster Food Stamp Program.
= Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services:
Assessing damage lo agricultural sector
Significant livestock and poultry mortalrty; damage and loss of crops
and agricultural facilities.
= Additional issues: animals-at-large,carcass disposal, interruptions to
normal milking operations
Communication, access, fuel, and safety remain issues of concern.
Fuel is being provided to Food Safety Inspectors to open slaughter and
processing plants.

I FOVO
UNCLASSI~ED OGa)EoT 7 September 2005 - 27 -
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