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Another Report Blasts Federal Disaster Response

Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:30
Over the past few years, federal auditors have issued a pile of scathing reports that raise serious concerns about the way the federal government responds to major disasters like hurricanes and floods. The reports usually target the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the flawed way it administers disaster relief. Auditors are still finding improper payments doled out to the wrong people during Hurricane Katrina nearly a decade ago.
Over 100 NL Volunteers Rebuilding New Orleans
Friday, 24 October 2014 16:28
For almost 10 years volunteers from this province have been helping residents of New Orleans rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and the effort goes on. VOCM's Terry Hart reports. Since 2007 more than 100 volunteers from Newfoundland and Labrador have contributed over $250,000 in labour helping residents of New Orleans rebuild their neighbourhoods.
Katrina survivor dog helping Arizona kittens
Friday, 24 October 2014 12:55
PHOENIX - Sometimes all it takes to get shelter kittens ready for adoption is a big dog to show them the ropes. Boots, a 12-year-old Hurricane Katrina survivor, is helping young cats at Arizona Humane Society get socialized and prepared for their forever homes. Boots (somehow) sits patiently while the kittens interact with her and climb on her as a test to see if they're good with dogs and ready to go home with a…
Santa Maria del Mar now under new ownership
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:01
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A contract was signed Thursday for the old Santa Maria del Mar senior retirement complex to become property of Barrington Development. The hurricane-damaged complex has sat vacant along Biloxi's beachfront since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Barrington Development Vice President Cono Caranna said they plan to transform the eyesore into a hotel. No word on how much money Barrington Development paid to purchase the building from the Catholic Charities Housing Association of…
Feds question Tulane University post-Katrina grant spending, seek bigger review
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:31
Federal authorities want Louisiana to review more than $290 million in Hurricane Katrina federal recovery spending by Tulane University after auditors discovered at least $13 million in over-billed, double-billed and unproven expenses by a contractor, according to a report issued Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General found the questionable expenses in an audit of $36 million of Tulane's post-storm rebuilding grants, the third in a series of audits at the…
Developer set to renovate storm damaged Santa Maria Del Mar
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:37
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - One of the last remaining Hurricane Katrina eyesores in downtown Biloxi could soon be brought back to life. The old Santa Maria Del Mar retirement home was severely damaged by the storm in August 2005 and has sat dormant and dilapidated ever since. The building and property are owned by the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi. WLOX News has learned that a deal will be signed Thursday between the diocese and a…
Author will discuss ‘Rising from Katrina’
Monday, 20 October 2014 06:51
Award-winning journalist and author Kathleen Koch will explore questions in an examination of human resilience that springs from a deeply personal assignment: covering the destruction of her hometown by Hurricane Katrina. Koch wrote “Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered” after her hometown of Bay St. Louis, Miss., was hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The Science of Monster Storms
Sunday, 19 October 2014 12:41
"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz after a tornado—that most American of extreme weather events—deposited her into a land over the rainbow. In a typical year some 1,300 real tornadoes rip across the U.S., hitting the Midwest's "Tornado Alley" far more frequently and severely than any other region on earth. The most fearsome of tornadoes—the deadly Wicked-Witch-of-the-East-slaying, enhanced-Fujita-scale-5 (EF-5) twisters, which contain top winds exceeding…
'Superstorm' crafts narrative from Sandy's wrath
Sunday, 19 October 2014 02:56
"Superstorm" (Dutton), by Kathryn Miles It's been a weak hurricane season in the Atlantic so far, with little to worry U.S. coastal residents, but any forecaster will tell you: It only takes one storm to make a bad year. In 2012, that one storm was Superstorm Sandy, a hurricane that grew larger even as it lost its tropical characteristics and combined with an early winter storm and blast of arctic air.
Is Ebola Obama’s Katrina moment? No and yes (+video)
Friday, 17 October 2014 14:50
Washington — It has become a cliché of the Obama presidency: Whenever President Obama seems slow to react to a crisis, it becomes his “Katrina moment.” The BP oil spill, the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov, the rise of the Islamic State – all invited comparisons to hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005.

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