Related Links

You can read about the history and effects of Hurricane Katrina at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_katrina.

Information about what the government is doing to help victims of Hurricane Katrina can be found at www.hhs.gov/katrina.

Images of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina at National Geopgraphic's Image Gallery of Katrina's Aftermath.

A number of blogs have been created to present personal testimonials of hurricane survivors, such as www.hurricanekatrina.org.

Many websites have been created by relief agencies either to provide information, requesting donations, or both. You can search for examples of these on the web.

In addition to the oral histories of the Hurricane Katrina Community Advisory Group, a number of other oral history projects have been established to document the experiences of people who lived through Hurricane Katrina. Some of these projects continue to recruit people to tell their stories, while others do not. Some have posted stories on line, while others have not. Among the most important of these oral history projects are the following:

I-10 Witness Project

The I-10 Witness Project is a community-based story collective formed to document the myriad tales emerging from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Administered by the multi-disciplinary New Orleans arts production company Mondo Bizarro, I-10 Witness seeks to give a voice to affected Louisiana citizens by documenting their stories through sound and video. I-10 Witness believes that this is the time to listen and provide a safe space for people to express how this storm has influenced their lives. I-10 Witness also wants to cultivate a forum where citizens can voice their concerns about the reconstruction, redevelopment and rejuvenation of southern Louisiana and New Orleans.

Reports or Project Available at: http://www.mondobizarro.org/blog/?page_id=716

Contact: info@mondobizarro.org
504-491-2522 / 225-571-2929

Louisiana Folklife Program: In the Wake of the Hurricanes

In the Wake of the Hurricanes, a coalition of scholars and the public, formed to provide a framework for documenting the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Through the Louisiana Folklife Program, the coalition provided basic demographic survey forms, questions for interviewing both hurricane survivors and responders, and appropriate release forms which were modeled on the Veterans History Project in the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. The American Folklife Center partnered with the coalition to serve as a secondary repository for the materials collected using this protocol. The coalition itself received no funding for this research; however, some members of the coalition have continued their research on their own, and some did receive funding. The discussion group is still available.

The project forms are still available to all online. An overview of the coalition project is available at http://www.louisianafolklife.org/LT/Articles_Essays/LFMinthewake.html
The Project website with information, a listing of research projects, and forms are available at http://www.louisianafolklife.org/katrina.html

Contact:Dr. Susan Roach
Louisiana Tech University
msroach@latech.edu

The Katrina Video Ethnography Project

The Katrina Video Ethnography Project is a ten-year effort to document the causes and effects of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The project is based at Louisiana State University's (LSU) Department of Sociology in Baton Rouge. In the first days after the hurricane, over 80 videotaped interviews with displaced persons were collected by a team of students and faculty at LSU who worked in parking lots and shelters. Later work focused on the areas surrounding the levee breaches. The project will follow individuals, organizations, legal actions, and relief efforts in Louisiana for a ten-year period.

Contact: Wesley Shrum
Louisiana State University
Professor of Sociology
shrum@lsu.edu
225-578-5311

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank

The Hurricane Digital Memory Bank (www.hurricanearchive.org) uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present people's experiences of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media and the University of New Orleans, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and other Gulf area partners, organized this project. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation provided funding. The Hurricane Digital Memory Bank contributes to the ongoing effort by historians and archivists to preserve the records of these storms by collecting first-hand accounts, on-scene images, emails, blog postings, podcasts, and other digital files. By allowing the people affected by these storms to tell their stories in their own words, the historical record will remain accessible to a wide audience for generations to come.