Hurricane Katrina, shelter and you

Here’s a link to today’s lead article in the Baytown Sun on Katrina and the impact of evacuees here in Baytown thus far. The Houston Chronicle has an article telling about the Red Cross Shelter that is now open here in Baytown at 2407 Market St. A more recent article in the Baytown Sun (Tues., Aug. 30; I’m back-posting here) includes more info on the shelter here in Baytown and in Mont Belvieu (11607 Eagle Drive).

What can Churches of Christ do to help in time of natural disaster? Since each congregation within Churches of Christ is autonomous, organized efforts can be complicated. Hence, the establishment of the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort in Nashville, TN back in the early 1990’s. You can read all about their fine work on their website.

Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort
410 Allied Drive – Nashville, TN 37211
(800) 541-2841 (phone)
(615) 831-7133 (fax)

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Saffir-Simpson Scale. That scale is a 1-5 rating of a hurricane’s intensity. You can read all about the various ratings and their meanings right here or see these same ratings in chart form here.

At you’ll “get radar and satellite imagery, other weather maps and weather cam views” from all over.

Take a deep breath before you read this – the Operational Significant Event Imagery support team of the Satellite Services Division (SSD) of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (the government tried to make it longer, but that’s as long as they could make it) [gasp], has some pretty amazing “high-resolution, detailed imagery of significant environmental events.” Surf their “Current Events” section on Katrina (they stay about one day behind on posting).

NASA has a site designed with kids in mind for their education about hurricanes. It gives answers to the basic questions: What is a hurricane? How do they form? How do they choose a hurricane’s name? Etc.

The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of the Air Force Reserve is known as the “Hurricane Hunters.” Their job description is straight forward though the implementation of it is surely anything but – fly straight through the center of a hurricane and monitor its development. Based in Biloxi, MS, they’ve had a very short flight of late to do their work with respect to Hurricane Katrina. What do they fly? WC-130‘s.

The Center for Disease Control has a Key Facts About Hurricane Recovery site. There you can learn about everything from “What to do
when ‘re-entering your flooded home'” to “How to wash your hands without water” to advice on how to care for your pets before, during and after a storm.