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    In an effort to restore teaching and learning as quickly as possible, Blackboard (an e-Learning software provider) is offering free hosting and online course creation for higher ed and K-12 schools affected by Hurricane Katrina. In addition, we are expanding our licenses for those schools taking in additional students from the Gulf Coast area.

    With the leadership of Cable in the Classroom (CIC) and the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL), VSKOOL launched on September 7, 2005. Online courses and other technology-related educational services (such as the establishment of community- or school-based computer learning labs) help states, districts, and schools meet the needs of those who were displaced and be a welcome addition to ongoing relief efforts.

    In addition to the Web site, a listserv and virtual workspace to coordinate efforts has been established at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/katrina_edrelief/. Any interested party may join the listserv or Yahoo! Group and participate. CIC established and is hosting the online presence of VSKOOL.

    Academic Reconnect Project
    A+nyWhere Learning System is helping students displaced by Hurricane Katrina and the schools and facilities reconnecting them to the education community. Schools receiving displaced students may use this site to administer online formative assessments from the integrated curriculum management system, A+nyWhere Learning System®, free of charge.

    The Mississippi Department of Education has included a Hurricane Katrina Disaster Page to report on assessment and recovery activities.


Katrina/Rita News Archives

    Lost in the Shuffle: Katrina Leaves Elderly Evacuees Displaced, Disconnected
    Click here to read the MSNBC report by Kari Huus from 24 November 2005.

    National Organization on Disability “Report on Snake Project”
    EAD & Associates, LLC coordinated the deployment Special Needs Assessment for Katrina Evacuees (SNAKE) for the National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.). The teams were sent to evaluate and establish immediate systemic challenges, failures, and needs for the short- and long-term care of the disability, senior and medically dependent population (hereinafter known as special needs or S/N) affected by Hurricane Katrina. The teams were made up of special needs and emergency management experts from EAD & Associates, LLC and the Strategic Emergency Group, LLC. Click here to view the full report. (PDF)

    Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington Post, and Harvard School of Public Health Survey of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees
    To give voice to people whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing floods, The Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a unique survey of evacuees in shelters in the Houston area.  The Survey of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees provides information on evacuees' lives before the hurricane and inside Houston area shelters, as well as their plans for the future. The survey also includes a number of health-related questions, including information on health insurance status, chronic health conditions, prescription drugs, and injuries from the hurricane and resulting flood.
    The full report can be downloaded at http://www.kff.org/newsmedia/7401.cfm.

    Licensed Amateur Radio Operator Saves Pregnant Woman With Ham Radio
    Richard Webb, legally blind, shows us all that helping others is actually simple: if there is a will, there is a way. And we are reminded once again of the power that all forms of communication have to change our lives. Click here to read the article from February 2006.

    ICC Report:
    Click here to view the full report. (Word document)

    National Council on Disability Recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security:

    Field Reports from ADD Katrina Team – September 13-16, 2005:
    Click here to view the full report. (Word document)

    “Diabetics put at risk amid hurricane exodus: Shortage of drugs, supplies reveals holes in government disaster plans for patients” by Ross Kerber, Globe Staff, October 5, 2005
    Click here to read the article. (Word document)


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