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Hurricane Katrina Updates

For those of you impacted by Hurricane Katrina:

Please post information about yourself, other staff or your library so that everyone in the South Central Region can keep up-to-date on our colleagues in Louisiana.

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71 Responses to “Hurricane Katrina Updates”

  1. Vicki from Pa. Says:

    I am just a concerned person trying to get information about LSU’s BSL3 lab.
    Does anyone know if it was breached or damaged from Katrina or flooding?
    Thank you.

  2. Michelynn McKnight Says:

    I just got a call from Bob Lane – some of the Jeff parish phone systems are working again. As I suspected, Bob has been working in the West Jeff hospital since before the storm hit. Sodexo provided large generators very quickly and they got water and sanitation back on Thursday. The neighborhood Walmart Superstore invited all of the hospital employees to come in to get clean clothes and whatever else they needed. They had hundreds of extra patients, including evacuees from several nearby nursing homes, but enough have been taken out by helicopter now that they actually have some empty beds.

  3. Pat Craig Says:

    Dear All,
    Paula and I have watched with horror the events taking place in New Orleans and along the coastal area. We are so thankful that this blog has been established so that we can find out about our dear colleagues and friends. We cannot imagine the difficulty of going through during this devastating time. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you all.

    Pat and Paula Craig, Doha, Qatar.

  4. Mike Jennings Says:

    I rode the storm out in the Tulane Medical Library, along with Jason Gillis and his wife Christina Hernandez. Jason is our senior circulation staff member, and Christina is a librarian with Newcomb College.

    The library suffered no damage during the storm, and we only had one leak, which we were able to contain. When the water started rising on Tuesday, we moved the computers from the lab we operate on the first floor upstairs. By Wednesday the water had stopped rising, and the Medical School had about four feet of water on the first floor, and the basement was flooded. When they ordered us to evacuate on Thursday, the collection was undamaged, hopefully the authorities were able protect the HSC complex after the Tulane Police force was removed. I can not say enough about how wonderful the Tulane Police were.

    Here is a list of the Tulane Medical Library staff that we have heard are safe.

    Bill Postell,Cindy Goldstein,Millie Moore, Mary Holt,Barbara Volo,Philip Walker, Kathleen Puglia, Madonna Covington, Kate Macare, Sharon Tadlock, Jason Gillis, and Mike Jennings.

    We are still unsure about seven others, if anyone knows about them please email me at

    Michelle Poynott
    Author Wills
    Michael Brown
    Shane Hodgson
    Josie Patton
    Linda Carter
    and our newest staff member Roland, whose last name I can not remember.

    From locations in the various parking garages we were able to see both the LSUHSC building and the New Orleans Public Library. LSU appeared undamaged from our vantage point, and should have flooded to the same level as Tulane. New Orleans Public had two large ground floor windows broken out on the first day, and since it is elevated, did not appear to have suffered any flooding.

    Someone earlier had asked about Oschner. My sister-in-law is a lab tech at Oschner, and was on duty for the hurricane. Oschner never ceased operations, and is still open. They did suffer loss of power but back-up generators were able to keep critical systems functioning. There was no flooding, or civil unrest. My sister-in-law goes back on duty on Tuesday. We are relocating to their house in St. Charles Parish tomorrow.

    Mike Jennings
    Information Systems Coordinator
    Tulane Medical Library

  5. Lynn Samson Says:

    Dear all, I am former staff member of Tulane Medical Library from about 2 yrs ago. I was very glad to discover this weblog and hear news of former co-workers and their families are in safe places. I have been in touch with other recent former staff members, keeping up with new updates on everyone.

    Susan Dorsey and her husband are safe and were able to evacuate to their daughter’s home in Houston. I received an e-mail today from her son confirming so. I also phone Kathleen P. a couple days ago at her condo in AK, and she was also worried about Patsy Copeland and Horace, who she thinks must have stayed in hospital where Horace works. Does anyone know where they are?

    Karimah Cooper informed me Linda Carter is safe with her family in north AL, and Shane Hodgson stayed on Norhshore as far as we know.

    It is good to hear of all of you on this weblog..
    All my thoughts and my prayers are with you all,

    All my best,
    Lynn Samson
    my email:

  6. Janna Lawrence Says:

    Thanks for the update on the Tulane staff. Do we have any recent news on LSUHSC staff?

  7. Jennifer Lloyd Says:

    Thanks to all for the good wishes. I am in Bayou Goula, La. right now. I’ll be moving to an apartment in Baton Rouge later this week. My family evacuated so all are well. Most have gone back today to check on their houses in Jefferson Parish and since we all congregate near the river, they seem to have escaped with minor damage. We’ll see when they let us back into Orleans Parish. Please feel free to email me:

  8. Jennifer Lloyd Says:

    I forgot to mention that I’ve been in contact with Kathy Kerdolff also. She rode out the storm in Abita Springs, but is in Starkville, MS with her daughter for the weekend.

  9. Kathy Kerdolff Says:

    Weathered the storm in Abita Springs, LA. Ventured up to Starkville, MS on Saturday to gather supplies. Back to Abita on Wednesday. Guess I wont have the Research report in on time! K

  10. Marilyn Goff Says:

    So grateful for this blog! If anyone needs housing in the Houston area, My husband (a retired medical librarian) and I offer room in our house in Pearland. We have two Scottish terriers (we are part of the Scottish Terrier Rescue network,
    so can foster your Scottie, too). We have a fenced yard, so your dog is welcome. I drive into the Tx Medical Center daily to work at TWU, across the street from the NNLM regional HAM-TMC (Jones) Library. We took 6 into our home after Tropical Storm Allison in ’01, so we are ready. We have been supporting the Baytown, Tx shelters with donations from TWU. Contact me at, 713.794.2481,home 281.489.1348. If anyone has news of Deborah Alley Hann, Biloxi resident and retired medical library technician formerly of Biloxi Pub Library and (with me) Brooks AFB Human Resources Directorate library in San Antonio, would love news. We have been searching for her since Aug.30 and have her on eight lists online.

  11. Janna Lawrence Says:

    Kathy —

    I was worried about you, not the Research report! Don’t worry about the Research Committee — they’re already thinking ahead. Email me about it, if you want (and have email access).


  12. Susan Dorsey Says:

    My husband and I left Sunday morning and had a 13 hour trip to Houston. It was hard to decide to leave but we are so glad we did. We are staying with our daughter. I’m so happy to hear about everyone, I have been so anxious for news and concerned about everyone. Thanks for the web site and thanks for your prayers. Until we meet again…

  13. Jean Slepian Says:

    Health science librarians in New Hampshire and Vermont are anxious to help our colleagues in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. What can we do immediately, and as we look toward the future ?
    Do you need personal supplies? Food, clothing, pet food ?
    Shall we save our duplicate texts and journals for you, as you think about rebuilding ?
    Can we help you with interlibrary loan services ?
    Please let us know what we can do.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jean Slepian
    Medical Library
    Cheshire Medical Center
    580 Court St
    Keene, NH 03431

  14. Michelle Malizia Says:

    The Texas Library Association’s Disaster Relief Fund has been expanded to collect donations for libraries in the Gulf Coast area as well as for libraries providing support for the evacuees. One hundred percent of your donation will be sent to the state library agency or library association in the state of your choice. TLA is also developing a plan to accept book donations for shipment to the affected states at an appropriate time.

    Please make your donation check payable to the Texas Library Association, designate your preferred state, and mail to:

    Texas Library Association
    3355 Bee Cave Road, Suite 401
    Austin, TX 78746

  15. Marsha Sullivan Says:

    I have heard that Mary and Mark are out of New Orleans, but I am not certain where they are. A list of VA folks who had contacted our regional office in Jackson was released yesterday, and their names were on it. I have no knowledge of the rest of the VAMC library staff. Marsha Houston VAMC

  16. Jean Ann Moles Says:

    I’m a retired serials library from UAMS in Little Rock. Does anyone know about John & Sarah Duffel? I think that John still worked for NOPL. Sarah, also a librarian, is a former Little Rock girl.

  17. tara martinez Says:

    Looking for any information on the whereabouts of Shane Hodgson (and Melissa, Sophie, Barret). I have not been able to reach Shane by phone, and I am a little concerned about the news that he stayed on Northshore….
    Tara Martinez

  18. Michelynn McKnight Says:

    Cindy and Jack Goldstein are now in Jackson, Tennessee.

    I think the appropriate word for what is happening now is “diaspora”.

  19. Paul Overlan Says:

    Greetings all! Our group made it safe from UH, then to Armstrong airport, what a nighmare that was, and then to Kelley AFB in San Antonio, TX. Myself and Dr. Tracy Legros are together in Zachary, La, just north of Baton Rouge. Anyone in ED department, et al please contact us and let know what’s up! Land line: 225-658-9971. My cell (Paul) 225-241-4082. Hope all are as blessed as we have been! Peace! ~Paul Overland

  20. Paul Overland Says:

    Any MCLNO personnel please contact me for any updates and what placements are being made and where help is needed. My Ph#’s: 225-658-9971; cell: 225-241-4082 ~Paul Overland