Hurricane Katrina Deceased-Victims List

“Earthquake in Haiti like Katrina, only worse”

Please check out Prof. Mutter’s latest blog on CNN:

He will also be discussing Haiti and its parallels to Katrina live on CNN at 7:30 AM EST on 1/19/10. If you can, please check it out.


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Reaching Out to Those Who Have Recently Submitted Names of Deceased and Missing

For the past few months, we have been working to contact those who recently submitted names of those who died or have been missing since Katrina. We would like to take a moment to acknowledge our Columbia University student volunteers who are helping with this effort: Andrea Basche, Michelle Condroy, Nick Dahlheim, Stephanie Goetz, Justin Mankin, Jessica Rosen, Lucy Stowe, and Jennifer Yum. We couldn’t do this without you.

If you are aware of anyone who should be on the List but is not already, please submit their names and any information you can share to:  Thank you.

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We Welcome You to Join Our Facebook Page

Please consider joining us on Facebook. We appreciate very much this show of support and interest in this work. Join and receive occasional updates on our progress.


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Discussing Natural Disasters on the BBC World Service’s “Science in Action”

Dr. John Mutter was recently on a “Science in Action” devoted to recent natural disasters. He discussed death tolls, and how the loss of life in natural disasters often has more to do with man-made causes than the the power of the events themselves.

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Recent Travel to Louisiana and Mississippi


John Mutter and I recently returned from our trip to Louisiana and Mississippi. We were not there for the Katrina landfall anniversary per se, but we did attend Joe Cull’s “Silent Heroes and Hidden Gifts of Katrina” celebration of first responders at the Cabildo Museum, a deeply moving event that included the first reunion between a young woman who had given birth in a Ninth Ward attic, and the Wildlife and Fisheries officer who had rescued her and her family by boat. I was also able to interview the young woman, Waldrica, for *The Katrina Experience* oral history project. Thank you Joe, for creating such an amazing event, one that really honored people who performed heroically in the aftermath, and for connecting us with so many wonderful people.

John and I also met with officials who played key roles in the aftermath: Dr. Louis Cataldie who was the Incident Medical Commander at the St. Gabriel Morgue; Dr. Kevin Stephens, Director of Health for the City of New Orleans who is dealing with the very real aftereffects; Dr. Richard Deichmann, who remained with his patients at Memorial Hospital through the interminable wait for evacuation; Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff and Sgt. Don Kelly who managed and continue to manage the massive population influx into the city; and Dr. Shannon Cooper, coroner of the Parish of East Baton Rouge.

Later we traveled to Ocean Springs, MS, and caught up with Dr. Jay Segarra. . Later, artist Glenn Miller hosted us for dinner, and I was able to interview him for *The Katrina Experience* as well.

All in all, it was an intense few days in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Ocean Springs. But it was a true gift. We thank everyone who met with us, and look forward to being back in the region soon.

Thank you all for your support!


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