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Hurricane Katrina updates – Alabama, Mississippi, Florida

For those of you impacted by Hurricane Katrina:

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

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10 Responses to “Hurricane Katrina updates – Alabama, Mississippi, Florida”

  1. Janice Kelly Says:

    Update VA Hospitals in the Gulf
    Gulf Port:

    Damage assessment in process.

    Gulf Port Division has sustained major damage. Wooden buildings were largely destroyed. Patient buildings were flooded on the first floor and in some cases above the first floor.

    There are no patients and minimal staffing at Gulf Port.

    New Orleans:

    Patients have been evacuated from New Orleans.

    Duplicate system with all electronic patient records is being established at VAMC Houston. Getting back up tapes from last Friday have been secured with arrangements being made for transport.

    The National Health Physics Program, 10N and EMSHG and VAMC Radiation safety officer are ensuring that all nuclear sources are secured when facility is evacuated.

    Administrative actions are being taken to ensure all employees are paid.


    Biloxi is fully operational with very limited communications. High quality patient care continues.

    One of 2 hospitals in the city still operating

    Arrangements have been made for daily shipment of fuel for generators and power equipment needed for clean up and to sustain operations.

    Linen supplies from Tuscaloosa VAMC was turned back yesterday by the Mississippi State Police. The problem has been resolved with the State Police and linens should be able to get to Biloxi today.

    The electronic patient records is fully functional at VAMC even though external communications are not working.

    Info supplied by the VA Headquarters library staff…

  2. Ursula Scott Says:

    We just received this note in our university mail:

    Effective immediately, the Postal Service is not accepting any Standard Mail or Periodicals Mail – from any source – addressed for delivery within the
    following three-digit ZIP Code ranges:
    Mississippi – 369, 393, 394, 395, 396

    Louisiana – 700, 701

    This emergency action has been taken as a result of severe facility damage,
    evacuations, and other issues resulting from Hurricane Katrina.

  3. Ursula Scott Says:

    posting lists of survivors from Hurricane Katrina or allowing people searching for news of family and friends to post their names. Also, there is a link to the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network through which you can send an inquiry into the disaster zone where Salvation Army personnel will attempt to locate them. In addition, the New Orleans Times Picayune has a site for text messages received from trapped individuals and for people searching for family and friends to post their info.

  4. Dick Miller Says:

    Has anyone heard from Pat Rodgers in Mobile? I was going to contact Harrassowitz, but saw this blog. Thanx. Dick

  5. 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). 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.

  6. Sheila Peters Says:

    I would appreciate any news from or about librarians and staff of the Harrison County Library System in Mississippi. I formerly worked in both the Biloxi and the Pass Christian libraries. The headquarters for the county system is in Gulfport, MS. The Director is Robert Lipscomb. Does anyone know anything about the people or the libraries? Thank you!

  7. Marilyn Goff Says:

    For Sheila Peters, the only Biloxi Pub Lib person I know is Deborah Alley Hann who worked in the Biloxi Public Library around 1999-2001 is safe 50 miles north of Biloxi

  8. Marilyn Goff Says:

    Deborah Alley Hann and brother Edwin Norwood Alley were found safe today 50 miles north of their Biloxi homes that were destroyed by hurricane Katrina. Debbie worked at the SCC/MLA active Human Resources library at Brooks AFB Texas in the 1980’s with Orrine Woinowsk and with me in the 1990’s before base close down. Many thanks to all who searched for her. Marilyn Goff TWU Librarian Houston 6 Sep 05

  9. Sheila Peters Says:

    The American Library Association has put up a web site that has news about many of the libraries and personnel from Gulf Coast and New Orleans. The URL is

    I did find out about some of the people and libraries in the Harrison County Library System in MS.

  10. Barbara Reich Says:

    One of our docs is trying to track down Dr. Norm McSwain, Chief of Trauma from Charity Hospital, New Orleans. He also holds an appointment at the Medical School at Tulane. He appears to be currently working with hurricane refugees in Tennessee. If anyone has more specific current knowledge & contact info, we’d appreciate hearing from you.