Hurricanes

Remembering Katrina: Faculty Publications for August

As we approach the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we are dedicating our Faculty Publications display for the next two months to articles about the storm and its impact on our schools, hospitals, and community. August’s display will focus on the immediate and short term effects: the damage to the campuses, and the efforts of our community to not only survive the damage left in the wake of catastrophic flooding but to learn from it. After reviewing the scores of articles published by our faculty and researchers, we have selected 24 articles, representing all of our schools, that we feel will give the best overview of the impact of the storm on our research community and on the community we serve.

These articles, as well as all of the articles in our Faculty Publications database, are authored by at least one member of our research community here at LSUHSC-New Orleans.  They can be viewed in the Reference area, on the wall between the main entrance and the Library elevator, on the third floor of the Resource Center Building.
Here is a list of the articles to be featured, with the LSUHSC-NO researchers in bold print:

1.    Aldridge K, Besch CL, Belmares J, Broyles S, Clark RA, DiCarlo RP, Dumestre J, Figueroa J, Gootee P, Hagensee ME, Hull A, Lillis R, Lopez F, Maffei J, Murphy M, Nsuami M, Martin D, Pindaro C, Taylor SN, Wilcox R, Zachary J. Eight months later: Hurricane Katrina aftermath challenges facing the infectious diseases section of the Louisiana State University Health Science Center. Clin Infect Dis. 2006;43(4):485-489.
2.    Barkemeyer BM. Practicing neonatology in a blackout: The university hospital NICU in the midst of hurricane Katrina: Caring for children without power or water. Pediatrics. 2006;117(5):S369-74.
3.    Bedimo-Rung AL, Thomson JL, Mowen AJ, Gustat J, Tompkins BJ, Strikmiller PK, Sothern MS. The condition of neighborhood parks following hurricane Katrina: Development of a post-hurricane assessment instrument. J Phys Act Health. 2008;5(1):45-57.
4.    Bernard M, Mathews PR. Evacuation of a maternal-newborn area during hurricane Katrina. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2008;33(4):213-223.
5.    Blatz M, Ripps A. Hurricane Katrina from a faculty perspective. Pract Proced Aesthet Dent. 2006;18(2):124.
6.    Brevard SB, Weintraub SL, Aiken JB, Halton EB, Duchesne JC, McSwain Jr. NE, Hunt JP, Marr AB. Analysis of disaster response plans and the aftermath of hurricane Katrina: Lessons learned from a level I trauma center. J Trauma. 2008;65(5):1126-1132.
7.    DiCarlo RP, Hilton CW, Chauvin SW, Delcarpio JB, Lopez FA, McClugage SG, Letourneau JG, Smith R, Hollier LH. Survival and recovery: Maintaining the educational mission of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Acad Med. 2007;82(8):745-756.
8.    Dugan EM, Snow MS, Crowe SR. Working with children affected by hurricane Katrina: Two case studies in play therapy. Child Adolesc Ment Health. 2010;15(1):52-55.
9.    Duggal A, Letourneau JG, Bok LR. LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Department of Radiology: Effects of Hurricane Katrina. Acad Radiol. 2009;16(5):584-592.
10.    Fidel PLJ, Pousson RG. Hurricane Katrina and the LSU Dental School(s): A remarkable encounter of survival. J Dent Res. 2007;86(3):198-201.
11.    Giarratano G, Orlando S, Savage J. Perinatal nursing in uncertain times: The Katrina effect. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2008;33(4):249-257.
12.    Hoxsey RJ, Smith M, Miller JM,Jr, Nolan TE. Surviving disaster: Assessment of obstetrics and gynecology training at Louisiana State University-New Orleans before and after hurricane Katrina. Am J Med Sci. 2008;336(2):151-155.
13.    Kline DG. Historical vignette: Inside and somewhat outside Charity. J Neurosurg. 2007;106(1):180-188.
14.    Krane NK, DiCarlo RP, Kahn MJ. Medical education in post-Katrina New Orleans: A story of survival and renewal. J Am Med Assoc. 2007;298(9):1052-1055.
15.    Leder HA, Rivera P. Six days in Charity Hospital: Two doctors’ ordeal in hurricane Katrina. Compr Ther. 32(1):2-9.
16.    Martinez JA. Three years after hurricane Katrina: Advancements in ACGME competency-based training in the internal medicine residency program at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Am J Med Sci. 2008;336(2):161-165.
17.    O’Leary JP. Surgery in a disaster: Assessing the lessons of the Katrina event. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2007;92(9):8-11.
18.    Osofsky HJ. In the eye of Katrina: Surviving the storm and rebuilding an academic department of psychiatry. Acad Psychiatry. 2007;31(3):183-187.
19.    Osofsky HJ, Osofsky JD, Kronenberg M, Brennan A, Hansel TC. Posttraumatic stress symptoms in children after hurricane Katrina: Predicting the need for mental health services. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2009;79(2):212-220.
20.    Sanders CV. Hurricane Katrina and the LSU-New Orleans Department of Medicine: Impact and lessons learned. Am J Med Sci. 2006;332(5):283-288.
21.    Swartz WJ, Spriggs LL, Oliver PD, Venuti JM, Casey GP, Whitworth Jr. RH. Survival of a gross anatomy course in the wake of hurricane Katrina. Clin Anat. 2007;20(4):357-361.
22.    Taylor E, Jacobs R, Marsh ED. First year post-Katrina: Changes in occupational performance and emotional responses. Occup Ther Ment Health. 2011;27(1):3-25.
23.    Townsend MH. Medical student education in psychiatry after Katrina: Disaster and renewal. Acad Psychiatry. 2007;31(3):205-210.
24.    VanMeter K. Katrina at Charity Hospital: Much ado about something. Am J Med Sci. 2006;332(5):251-254.

At the beginning of September we will be spotlighting 24 faculty publications exploring how far we have come since the storm and the long term effects of the devastation.

In October we will resume our regular presentation of recent faculty publications.

Publications cited in the Faculty Publications database are harvested weekly from a variety of sources, such as PubMed, SCOPUS, and CINAHL, to name a few. In addition to articles they include books, book chapters, papers, editorials, letters to the editor, and meeting abstracts, all authored by at least one member of the LSUHSC-NO community. The database is maintained by Reference Librarian Kathy Kerdolff and is available to the general public here or via the Library’s webpage. For a PDF of a bibliography of this month’s articles, click here. If you have an article you would like us to highlight or if you have any questions regarding the display or the database, you can contact Kathy Kerdolff.
Please come to the Library and view these publications by our research community.

Library Storm Closure

*Update*
Because Isaac is lingering the campuses will remain closed until Tuesday, September 4th. The Libraries will reopen at 8 am. Be safe.

The LSUHSC Libraries?á will close today, Monday, August 27th at 5 pm for Isch?® and 4 pm for Dental?áand will remain closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 28th and 29th.?á There is a possibility of being closed on Thursday, August 30th as well, depending on flooding and power issues.?á The Library Commons will be closed as well.

Please visit the Campus Emergency website for more information.

Get text alerts while Isaac lurks

While not projected to hit New Orleans at this time, the potential of a storm in the Gulf is a good time to remind everyone to register for LSUHSC’s Emergency Alert System. Once your cell phone number is registered, you will receive alert notifications related to dangerous or threatening situations or conditions in facilities owned by LSUHSC-NO on the downtown and Dental School academic campuses.

In plain language: you will know in advance if you have to go to school when a storm threatens.

The text message system is easy to use. Run through a program called E2Campus, all you have to do is log in with your LSUHSC Network ID and enter your phone number and service provider. You’ll quickly receive a ‘verification code’ via text, which confirms your number in the text alert system. Then you are set for the next emergency.

Questions? Check out this FAQ.

Text and email alerts:?áhttp://www.lsuhsc.edu/alerts/TextEmailAlerts.aspx

Hurricane Season 2011

Hurricane Season begins today; the 2011 season is predicted to be above normal according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Make sure to familiarize yourself the universityÔÇÖs Weather Related Emergency Procedures (ChancellorÔÇÖs Memo 51). And let’s hope we don’t have to use it.

Hurricane Season Begins

Chancellor Hollier issued our annual Emergency Preparedness Plan email reminder this morning to coincide with the start of the 2010 Hurricane Season. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the university’s Weather Related Emergency Procedures (Chancellor’s Memo 51).

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that it won’t need to be implemented this year.

Nat’l Hurricane Preparedness Week

If you take the time to educate yourself you are a few steps closer to being prepared. If you live in the New Orleans area preparedness is especially important in respect to Hurricanes.

May 23-29 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Visit the official website to learn more and take action in order to protect yourself and others against hurricanes.

Get Ready in September

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The month of September not only ushers in the official end of summer, it is also designated National Preparedness Month (NPM).

NPM encourages Americans and their communities to prepare and plan for emergencies that affect the general public. Ranging from common power outages to horrific national disasters, the American Public Health Association stresses the importance of being prepared.

September 15th is designated Get Ready Day so take the time on this date to come up with a plan for yourself and your family.

Be Prepared – Storm Season 2009

I must admit 3 named storms popping up over this past weekend made me a bit jumpy. Here are local resources on disaster preparedness to help make sure we’re all ready in the event of a storm:
LSUHSC Information
   Chancellor’s Memorandum 51: Policy on Weather Related Emergency Procedures for LSUHSC-New Orleans
   LSUHSC-NO Emergency Alert System

Parish Information
   Jefferson Parish & its Emergency Alert Service
   New Orleans & its Emergency Alert Service
   St. Bernard Parish
   St. Tammany Parish

State Information
   Louisiana Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness & its Evacuation Guides

NOLA Community Alert System

NOLAReady is a service provided by the City of New Orleans Office Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness. “NOLAReady is an alert system that allows City Officials to contact you during an emergency by sending text messages to your:
* E-mail account (work, home, school, etc.)
* Cell phone, pager
* Smart phone or hand held device”

Alerts can be viewed at their webpage and you can select alerts by zipcode.

Caveats: They seem to ask for a lot of personal data and under universities neither LSUHSC or Tulane Med are listed which is odd.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week

prepared National Hurricane Preparedness Week started yesterday. Hurricane season begins next week on June 1st and runs through November. Luckily, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a “near normal” Atlantic storm season.

Don’t forget to consult these LSUHSC sponsored sites:
Chancellor’s Memorandum (CM-51) – Policy on Weather Related Emergency Procedures
LSUHSC New Orleans: Emergerency Information This site currently has no news, but you can sign up for the text alert system and the link to other LSUHSC supplied emergency information.

Other websites to consult:
Emergency.Louisiana.gov
Emergency Preparedness – City of New Orleans
Department of Emergency Management – Jefferson Parish
Homeland Security & Emergency Operation Center – St. Tammany Parish
Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness – St. Bernard Parish

Disaster Recovery Resources

While the ‘Nagin special‘ may have been a not-so-funny joke to Ike evacuees, these links to disaster recovery resources provide a variety of information for those affected by Hurricane Ike. To our friends in the Houston area (not to mention those locally affected) we wish you a speedy recovery!

American Red Cross – Open shelters & resources
Houston area: http://www.houstonredcross.org/
Baton Rouge Area: http://batonrouge.redcross.org/

City of Houston eGovernment Center
www.houstontx.gov
Links and phone numbers for local emergency information from the City of Houston.

FEMA.gov – Hurricane Ike Information and Resources
http://www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/2008/ike/index.shtm
News releases and FEMA progress.
See if your area is a designated county and apply for FEMA assistance:
For Louisiana Residents
For Texas Residents

EMERGENCY.louisiana.gov
http://emergency.louisiana.gov/
Press releases from Louisiana State Government, parish updates, Operation Blue Roof, disaster food stamps, supply distribution centers, road openings & closings, business recovery and more.

Houston Chronicle Home Page
http://www.chron.com/
Neighborhood reports, school & business openings, news, information, photos and multi-media from the Houston area newspaper.

Where’s the Power on? Houston Area (Houston Chronicle)
http://www.chron.com/databases/ikepower.html
Interactive map of Houston area shows where power is on.

Hurricane Ike Information from the New Orleans Times-Picayune
http://www.nola.com/hurricane-ike/
News on Ike from New Orleans’ regional newspaper

Hurricane Ike Consumer Resource Page – Texas Department of Insurance
http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/consumer/storms/cpmhurrike.html
Variety of links and information on insurance providers and disaster assistance for consumers.

Hurricane Ike Resources Blog
http://hurricaneikeresources.org/
Up to date response and relief info. Browse news by parish, state or county. Excellent scope of information for all states effected by the storm.

Louisiana Library Status Blog
http://prepare.lib.la.us/blog/
Tracking the status of libraries in Louisiana in the event of an emergency.

NN/LM Disaster Preparedness
http://nnlm.gov/ep/
Disaster Resources from the South Central region.
Library Updates: http://nnlm.gov/scr/blog/?p=684

Official Site of the City of Galveston
http://www.cityofgalveston.org/
Galveston Conditions Post-Hurricane Ike, what to do if your structure is damaged, reporting damage, etc.

Texas Department of Transportation
http://www.txdot.gov/travel/hurricane.htm
Road conditions and updates.

Texas Responds
http://www.texasresponds.org/Joom/
State of Texas portal for cash or resource donations and registry for volunteer efforts.

We’re open! Welcome back.

The library, along with the rest of campus, resumes normal operations today, Monday September 8th.

Regular Library Hours
Monday – Thursday
8 a.m. to 12 midnight
Friday
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday
1:30 p.m. to 12 midnight

Closed ’til Monday

The library along with the rest of LSUHSC New Orleans Campus will be closed until Monday September 8th at the earliest. Be careful out there!

Off campus library instructions and video.

More campus updates here: http://www.lsuhsc.edu/emergency/

New Orleans Campus Closing for Hurricane Gustav

The entire LSUHSC campus will be closing at 6 p.m. today (Saturday, August 30th) in anticipation (or dread) of Hurricane Gustav. Weather permitting the campus will re-open on Thursday, September 4th.

Library Closed on Saturday

The John P. Isché Library will be closed tomorrow (Saturday, August 30th) due to campus storm preparations.