Hurricane Katrina

Ex-Bush aides call Katrina ‘nail in coffin’
December 30, 2008
Hurricane Katrina not only pulverized the Gulf Coast in 2005, it knocked the bully pulpit out from under President George W. Bush, according to two former advisers who spoke candidly about the political impact of the government’s poor handling of the natural disaster.
Post Office resuming Operation Santa
December 20, 2008
Operation Santa is resuming at the post office. The program in which volunteers reply to children’s letters to Santa was suspended after what the Postal Service said was a “privacy breach” in New York on Tuesday. In that incident a postal worker recognized one of the volunteers as a registered sex offender. A postal inspector retrieved the child’s letter before the individual could answer it.
County emergency making sure ‘Nobody is Left Behind’
New program aims to ensure no vulnerable residents abandoned in emergency
November 17, 2008
Six months after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, Kansas University professor Glen White visited the area for a research project.
EPA tightens standard for airborne lead
October 17, 2008
Three decades after removing lead from gasoline, the Environmental Protection Agency is slashing the amount of the toxic metal that will be allowed in the nation’s air by 90 percent. EPA officials, under a federal court order to set a new standard by midnight Wednesday, said the limit would better protect public health, especially for children.
Red Cross deep in debt after recent storms
September 12, 2008
The wave of storms battering the U.S. has plunged the American Red Cross deep into debt as it rushes to prepare for Hurricane Ike, prompting a searching look at how to stabilize its finances.
Kansas National Guard heads for Louisiana to provide Hurricane Gustav relief
September 3, 2008
Two buses loaded with members of the Kansas National Guard pulled out of Lawrence well before dawn on Wednesday, headed for Louisiana.
Evacuees say authorities ‘jumped the gun’ for Gustav
September 3, 2008
Millions fled the Gulf Coast in fear of Hurricane Gustav, billed as the apocalyptic “mother of all storms.” It didn’t deliver. Now, with three other storms lining up in the Atlantic, some fear people might not listen next time.
FEMA: Precautions helped reduce Gustav casualties
September 2, 2008
Federal emergency management officials expressed cautious optimism Monday that preparation efforts for Hurricane Gustav helped avert the casualties seen in Hurricane Katrina three years ago.
Gustav just blows through
New Orleans expected to reopen soon, mayor says
September 2, 2008
A weaker-than-expected Gustav swirled into the fishing villages and oil-and-gas towns of Louisiana’s Cajun country Monday, delivering only a glancing blow to New Orleans that did little more than send water sloshing harmlessly over its rebuilt floodwalls.
Leaders confident police won’t bolt
September 1, 2008
More than a week ago, at the first hint Gustav could be a threat to New Orleans, police Superintendent Warren Riley issued an unusual order - he gave all the city’s 1,485 officers paid time off to get their families to safety.
The Gulf Coast is waiting: Will it be another Katrina?
September 1, 2008
With a historic evacuation of nearly 2 million people from the Louisiana coast complete, gun-toting police and National Guardsmen stood watch as rain started to fall on this city’s empty streets Sunday night - and even presidential politics took a back seat as the nation waited to see if Hurricane Gustav would be another Katrina.
Gustav’s impact felt near and far
GOP curtails convention; New Orleans waits uneasily
September 1, 2008
John McCain tore up the script for his Republican National Convention on Sunday, casting himself as above politics as Hurricane Gustav churned toward New Orleans. “We will act as Americans,” not partisans, he declared.
Obama: Let’s hope lessons were learned from Katrina
August 31, 2008
Barack Obama expressed hope Saturday that the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina three years ago would help to protect the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Gustav this time. His running mate, Joe Biden, urged people to pray that the levees in New Orleans hold.