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Hurricane Season 2005 News and Information Resources

Many web-based resources offer information on disaster assistance, preparedness, and other news related to 2005 hurricane season, including a number of UC Davis web sites. Some key sites are listed below. In addition, the UC Davis University Library features a wide range of print resources including maps, government documents, news resources, and scientific and technical information. For assistance in locating other relevant resources contact a librarian subject specialist.

UC Davis

UC Davis - Hurricane Katrina Relief News and Information (

The UC Davis site highlights efforts to help those in Hurricane Katrina's destructive path and asks for our help in reaching out to any members of the UC Davis community with ties to the affected Gulf Coast area.

How to Help

Helping Victims of Hurricane Katrina: Your Guide to Giving Wisely (Federal Trade Commission) (
In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Americans are opening their hearts and wallets to help the affected communities in the Gulf Coast. The federal government is advising that the best way to provide immediate assistance is to donate money directly to established national relief organizations with the experience and means to deliver aid.
CNN: Hurricane Season

Federal Government

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities and trains first responders.
Hurricane Recovery:
The Federal Government's Portal,, provides further information on missing persons. It also provides information for people in the Armed Services affected by the 2005 hurricanes.
U.S. Postal Service
This site provides information interruptions to mail service in areas affected by hurricanes.
Hurricane Response 2005: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA emergency response personnel are working in partnership with FEMA to help assess the damage and prepare for cleanup from the hurricanes. In emergency situations such as this, EPA serves as the lead Agency for the cleanup of hazardous materials, including oil and gasoline.
HUD Newsroom
Provides the latest information on completed and pending actions of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a toll-free number for the public to get information on housing needs, and notices to mortgage lenders about forbearance in the aftermath of the hurricanes
Hurricane Data: U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau is providing a quick compilation of basic data on areas affected by hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

Human Health Services

Disasters and Emergencies (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Information about emergency medical shelters, volunteer opportunities for health care professionals, and other services provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Also find links to tips about hurricane preparedness.
Hurricanes: Links to Health Information
This page has toxic chemical and environmental health information resources for health workers and the interested public. The National Library of Medicine has also included links to information on chemicals that may be released as a result of the hurricanes and on environmental health concerns following the wind and flood damage.
Hurricanes: Health and Safety (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
CDC is coordinating key health information for individuals, responders, and health professionals for all federal agencies.
Key Facts About Hurricane Recovery
Keep Food and Water Safe
Animal and Insect Hazards
Clean Up Safely
Disaster Mental Health
Response and Cleanup Workers
Prevent Illness After a Hurricane
Hurricane Information for Health Care Professionals
Hurricane Information for Grantees
Safety of Medications, Medical Devices, and Biological Products (Food and Drug Administration)
Insulin Storage and Switching Between Products by Victims of Hurricane Katrina
Drug Use and Safety in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Medical Devices and Hurricane Disasters
Impact of Severe Weather Conditions on Biological Products
Mental Health and Disasters (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
After a Disaster: Self-Care Tips for Dealing with Stress
After a Disaster: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
The Long-term Impact of a Traumatic Event: What to Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life
Locating Health Services
Health Care Providers in the Affected Area (Health Resources and Services Administration)
Mental Health Services Locator (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Animal Welfare

UC Davis

Davis - Veterinary Emergency Response Team
The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis has formed a volunteer disaster response team known as the UCD Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT).
Long Road to Animal Rescue
Animal Rescue Team from UC Davis rescuing horses in flood
Articles about disaster preparation, animal rescue and emergency care from UC Davis Center for Equine Health
Some Key Elements in Developing a Disaster Plan for Animal Care
From UC Davis
DANR Guide to Disaster Preparedness
From UC Davis, Veterinary Medicine Extension (91 pages; click on PDF file)
Disaster Preparedness Training Manuals, Workshops,Videotapes and Resource Information
Disaster Planning for Your Pet
Helpful Tips: Will Your Horse Survive a Fire, Flood or Earthquake?
The Wildlife Health Center

Other Sites

Disaster Preparedness, Animal Health Branch, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Disaster Planning Tips for Pets, Livestock and Wildlife
Saving the Whole Family
From the American Veterinary Medical Association
The International Fund for Animal Welfare - IFAW
The Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS)
Humane Society of the United States
Humane Society of the United States: 2005 Disaster Response
Rescuing Animals in Disasters
U.S. Department of Homeland Security FEMA Preparedness Smart Practices Spotlight May 7, 2003
VMAT - Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams
Historic Deployment of VMAT Teams to Katrina-Ravaged Area

Relief and Rescue Efforts

Emergencies and Disasters (Department of Homeland Security)
DHS is coordinating information about hurricane relief activities for all federal agencies.
This site is provides information and services relating to disaster management including preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. It includes links to information related to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, acts of terror, drought, earthquakes, floods, tornados, and more. Topics for Hurricane Katrina include status of roads, post offices, power outages, and food and water safety.
Disaster Relief Organizations: Special Libraries Association
SLA's Information Professionals' Alliance on Natural Disasters and Accidents is reaching out to librarians and information professionals in the U.S. Gulf Coast areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. IPANDA was formed to link our global community and facilitate the sharing of assistance in times of natural disaster or catastrophic accidents. Visit the IPANDAnet Weblog to connect with fellow SLA members and info pros, to read or share info and personal stories, or to post requests of help needed or offered.

Climate and Weather Conditions

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
NOAA's mission entails environmental assessment, prediction, and stewardship. It is dedicated to monitoring and assessing the state of the environment in order to make accurate and timely forecasts to protect life, property, and natural resources, as well as to promote the economic well-being of the United States and to enhance its environmental security.
Hurricanes: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
National Hurricane Center / Tropical Prediction Center
National Weather Service
Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory NOAA
NOAA/National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Hurricane Katrina Response
NASA Hurricane Resource Page

Maps, Aerial Photos, and Satellite Images

NASA LandSat
NASA's Earth Observatory provides freely-accessible new satellite imagery and scientific information focusing on Earth's climate and environmental change.
FEMA Mapping & Analysis Center
The Mapping and Analysis Center (MAC) provides national level Geographic Information System (GIS) support and coordination to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
USGS: Hurricanes and Extreme Storm Impact Studies
USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program investigates the extent and causes of coastal impacts of hurricanes and extreme storms on the coasts of the United States.

Food and Agriculture

USDA Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance
The Farm Service Agency provides emergency locan to producers in counties declared presidential disaster areas.
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.
USDA Rural Development - Hurricane Katrina
USDA Rural Development can help people with damaged homes that need rehabilitation and repair. They can also help manage payments on existing loans or get new loans for needed repairs.


In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the American Council on Education (ACE) and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) have created, a resource for institutions, students, faculty and staff to aid in the recovery from these natural disasters. This site is updated regularly, please check back often for the latest news and information.
Chronicle of Higher Education
This section of the Chronicle Of Higher Education site features official announcements from colleges affected by the hurricanes from associations and government agencies.
Association of American Medical Colleges
The AAMC has established this Web site to serve as a central information resource for medical schools, students, teaching hospitals, and residents, and to facilitate coordination between academic medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Library Organizations

Librarians' Index to the Internet
The Librarians' Index to the Internet provides a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected Internet resources.
American Library Organization
This site contains ongoing news coverage on how Hurricane Katrina has affected librarians, libraries, and collections.

Web Archive

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Internet Archive and many individual contributors created a comprehensive list of websites documenting the historic devastation and massive relief effort due to Hurricane Katrina. The sites were crawled between the dates of September 4 - October 17th. This collection, containing more than 25 million searchable documents, will be preserved by Internet Archive with access to historians, researchers, scholars and the general public.

Published: April 21, 2005


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