About Hurricane Katrina Resources
The idea behind Hurricane Katrina Resources was to use the fast publishing capabilities and reach of the web to keep information moving during the first hours, days, and weeks of the Hurricane Katrina Disaster until the larger disaster relief organizations were able to get their communications and other tremendous resources to the region. I felt this was critical as nothing else can move until information moves. I also saw this as a way to contribute as I am disabled and would be more hindrance than help on the ground.
My own background is in emergency services, languages, and technology. This was an opportunity to contribute in all of these areas.
The original focus was on emergency communications for search and rescue but expanded to include other resources critical to those whose lives have been affected by the storm.
Information was gathered from streaming video news provided by television stations in the affected area, government and NGO web sites, and other resources including emails from rescuers, nurses, physicians, and many others with information we could share.
A special thanks to Jerry and Frank at Freerun Technologies in Napa, California who provided the Finding Family Multiple Search Interface and hosted this site without charge.
Thank you to the dozens of volunteers (listed below) who made this possible including many hours contributed by Horizon Translating and Interpreting of Kanab, Utah who helped get the information into 12 languages very quickly to reach the 300,000 people in the affected area whose first language is not English.
Also, I would like to express deeply felt gratitude to the volunteers at our mirror sites, some of whom had lost their homes and were searching for their own family members while they were helping out here.
In 14 days we have reached over 30,000 people with this information.
If I have somehow left someone out or misspelled your name, please let me know so I can correct it.
I admire all of you,
-- Susan Franz, Miraweb Design & Consulting, Uxbridge, MA