Hurricane Katrina struck the US Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, causing unprecedented damage to numerous communities in Louisiana and Mississippi. Our objectives were to verify, document, and characterize Katrina-related mortality in Louisiana and help identify strategies to reduce mortality in future disasters.
The complete results of a new door-to-door survey of people living in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes are now available online at www.popest.org.
For the next two days, nurses from around the area will practice fundamentals to care for Louisiana’s chronically ill residents in a disaster situation.
Officials with the Department of Health and Hospitals and with the Louisiana State Police announced today that the effort to find the remaining 136 people on the official missing list from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will transition from the Louisiana Family Assistance Center to local law enforcement agencies.
Officials with the Louisiana State Police and the Department of Health and Hospitals announce today that DNA identification efforts will continue with responsibility for any new cases shifting to local coroners’ offices.
Determining the population of areas affected by the hurricanes of 2005 has proven to be a difficult task. Now, to aid in this effort, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, the Louisiana Recovery Authority and the Louisiana Public Health Institute have teamed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Census Bureau to conduct a rapid population estimate survey of six parishes in South Louisiana.
In the event of a dangerous storm striking the state this Hurricane Season, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and the Department of Social Services (DSS) are prepared to open Special Needs Shelters, or shelters of last resort for those with special medical needs who have no other options for care. Because Special Needs Shelters can accommodate only a limited number of residents, DHH has established specific guidelines for determining who will be admitted to these facilities.