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Personal Account of Flooding from Hurricane Isaac in Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Author: Tori Siears, Emergency Planner, Response & Recovery Division, IEM

sandbagging in acsencion parish

Sandbagging in Ascension parish

Hurricane Isaac hit my home state of Louisiana (and my home parish of Ascension) on August 29th & 30th.  Being an emergency planner in IEM’s Response and Recovery division, I am keenly interested, both professionally and personally, in how communities respond to storms like Hurricane Isaac. Even though Ascension Parish has faced massive flooding and damage to many homes, we have learned much from previous storms that makes us more resilient today than we were before.

I live in the southern portion of Ascension Parish where there was significant flooding. Dealing with the impact of the storm and the resulting high waters has been a stressful and exhausting situation. But I am happy to say that we came out of it unscathed. I had about 6 inches of water in my yard, but my house is raised far enough off the ground so it didn’t flood. The same can’t be said for many in my community and the surrounding communities. There are still many people with water in their houses and/or covering their roads. I have friends and relatives in the Ascension, Livingston, and St. James Parish areas that got water in their homes and a few of them lost everything. Some close friends have water up to their doorsteps and have been holding a 24-hour vigil watching and waiting. The water is finally starting to recede in most areas, but it is doing so very slowly. In addition, the area reeks of muddy water and the mosquitoes are out in full force. We haven’t seen as many snakes in the last few days, but I’m sure as we start to clean up, we will find them hiding in dry spots somewhere.

Many people have been comparing this storm to both Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. But as far as this area is concerned, this storm was more like Tropical Storm Allison in 2001. (more…)

Rescue and Storm Surge Video from Hurricane Isaac – Social Media Resources, Part 5

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Author: Disaster Social Network, IEM

Isaac has been downgraded to a tropical storm but is still dropping heavy rains on the Gulf states and cause many to lose power. Homes were flooded this morning in Plaquemines Parish as the water topped the 12-foot levee.  Below are links to video and photos of the storm surge and rescues that occurred today.

Videos:

Interview with a woman rescued from the attic of her home in Plaquemines Parish (WFAA)
http://www.wfaa.com/news/national/Rescues-under-way-in-Plaquemines-Parish–167838635.html

Hurricane Isaac blows massive waves from New Orleans’ Lake Ponchartrain on shore
http://youtube.com/watch?v=1RmaH-GjKAs

Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans
http://youtube.com/watch?v=5boeZ0z-QNw

West Closure Complex Pump Test
http://youtube.com/watch?v=8VMGpYRzKsw

Isaac causes rough conditions at the levee in Kenner
http://youtube.com/watch?v=7lrcXWZHVvg

Intense storm surge from Waveland, MS
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hgRdDg6drSQ

Rough seas in Pensacola, FL from Hurricane Isaac
http://youtube.com/watch?v=_7ud13LMzTo

Isaac hits Pensacola, FL
http://youtube.com/watch?v=wgWzMwQYzI8

Photos:

New Orleans Isaac Landfall Slideshow:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/aug/29/hurricane-isaac-new-orleans-in-pictures

 

More Resources:
Personal Accounts of Hurricane Isaac as He Lashes the Louisiana & Mississippi Coast – Social Media Resources, Part 4

Hurricane Isaac to Make Gulf Coast Landfall Tonight – Social Media Resources, Part 3

Isaac Reaches Hurricane Status – Social Media Resources Part 2

Tropical Storm Isaac Social Media Resources – Disaster Social Network
- Part 1
A Comparison of Hurricane Isaac’s Track and Historical Hurricane Katrina Track

Economic Losses from Hurricane Isaac Could Reach $21 Billion

Personal Accounts of Hurricane Isaac as He Lashes the Louisiana & Mississippi Coast – Social Media Resources, Part 4

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Author: Disaster Social Network, IEM

Hurricane Isaac at 10am CDT August 29th (photo credit: NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center)

Hurricane Isaac at 10am CDT August 29th
(photo credit: NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center)

Hurricane Isaac made landfall during the overnight hours.  At 9am CDT this morning, Isaac showed some weakening, but is still a Category 1 hurricane. It is moving slowly at 6mph and is center about 40 miles southwest of New Orleans. It is the threat of dangerous storm surges and flooding that has officials most concerned. There has been a very close watch on the levees as water topped the 12-foot levee in Plaquemines Parish this morning.

This morning IEM’s Disaster Social Network has tracked and collected some of the best eye-witness tweets, maps and video. Some of the Twitter accounts we have reposted from yesterday since we feel they are providing the most credible information and eye-witness reports.

Links to twitter, blogs, picture and video accounts are provided through the links below.

Twitter:

City of New Orleans EM (@nolaready)
CNN Weather Center
(@CNNweather)
Maya Rodriguez
(@MRodriguezWWL)
Jennifer Hale
(@JenHale504)
Laura Buchtel
(@Laura_Buchtel)
Kim Quillen
(@KimQuillenTP)
Scott Walker
(@ScottWalker6)
Doug Kammerer
(@dougkammerer)
Carrie Rose
(@SouthernRedRose)
Kate Snow
(@tvkatesnow)
Marnie Williams
(@MarnieTWC )
Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu)

Russell Lewis (@NPRrussell – NPR’s Southern U.S. Bureau Chief)

John Snell (@JohnSnellFox8 – New Orleans)

Pat Peterson (@WKRG_Pat – Gulf Shores)

WWL-TV (@WWLTV – New Orleans Metro)

Margaret Orr (@Margaret Orr – Chief Meteorologist at WDSU NewsChannel 6, New Orleans)

Dave Nussbaum (@Dave_Nussbaum – Meteorologist at WBRZ Channel 2, Baton Rouge)

Ryan Berni (@ryanberni – Citizen)

MSPublicBroadcasting
(@MPBOnline)
gulflive.com  
(@gulflive)

New Hashtags/Trends:

#isaacpix – tweet pictures to the Weather Channel

Facebook:

Map of confirmed overtopped levee in Plaquemines

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=492030934160103&set=a.168523153177551.40653.168511093178757&type=1&theater

Videos:

Area live cam views: http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/cvplive/cvpstream3&hpt=hp_t1#/video/cvplive/cvpstream3

Sites:

Power outages map: http://viewoutage.entergy.com/la.aspx

“More than a half-million customers without electricity, utilities report” http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/29/isaac-drenches-gulf-coast/?hpt=hp_t1

“Hurricane Isaac Pummels Louisiana Coast“  http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/08/29/160231015/hurricane-isaac-pummels-louisiana-new-orleans-yet-to-feel-brunt

“Hurricane Isaac rescue efforts begin for stranded Plaquemines Parish residents “  http://www.nola.com/hurricane/index.ssf/2012/08/hurricane_isaac_rescue_efforts.html

“HURRICANE NEWS AND STORM TRACKING”  http://www.nola.com/hurricane/

“Hurricane Isaac Twitter timeline (photo gallery)” http://blog.al.com/live/2012/08/post_229.html

“Isaac Update 3: Ongoing Response Efforts “ http://blog.fema.gov/2012/08/isaac-update-3-ongoing-response-efforts.html

Hurricane Isaac – August 29, 2012 – Pictures/Tweets: http://storify.com/weatherchannel/tropical-storm-isaac-august-26-2012

More Resources:

Hurricane Isaac to Make Gulf Coast Landfall Tonight – Social Media Resources, Part 3

Isaac Reaches Hurricane Status – Social Media Resources Part 2

Tropical Storm Isaac Social Media Resources – Disaster Social Network- Part 1

A Comparison of Hurricane Isaac’s Track and Historical Hurricane Katrina Track

Hurricane Isaac to Make Gulf Coast Landfall Tonight – Social Media Resources, Part 3

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
satellite imagery of Hurricane Isaac Aug 28 22:15

Satellite imagery of Hurricane Isaac Aug 28 22:15
(photo credit: NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

Author: Disaster Social Network, IEM

Hurricane Isaac is expected to make landfall as a category 1 hurricane in a few short hours this evening on the Gulf Coast.  IEM’s Disaster Social Network has been collecting site and social media accounts to watch as the storms hits during the overnight hours. Please note the webcams that have been set up to provide live views of the storm.

Links to twitter, blogs, picture and video accounts are provided through the links below.

Twitter:

@hurricanetrack Mark Suddith/Hurricanetrack.co

Videos:

Area live cam views: http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/cvplive/cvpstream3&hpt=hp_t1#/video/cvplive/cvpstream3

CitizenTube Playlist of Isaac videos / 29 videos (12:30 EST, 8/28/12)
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL81D04799B3444E2F&feature=plcp

Photos:

Tropical Storm Isaac Reaches Florida — in pictures (Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/aug/28/natural-disasters-usa#/

Tropical Storm Isaac Pictures (CBS)
http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-201_162-10013514.html

Sites:

“Tropical Storm Isaac Prepares to Make Landfall in Gulf Coast – Live Updates” (Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/28/tropical-storm-isaac-gulf-coast-live

Google’s Crisis Map for Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac:
http://google.org/crisismap/2012-tropical-system-isaac

“As Isaac closes in on Gulf, officials warn complacency could kill” CNN (slideshow also) http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/28/us/tropical-storm-isaac/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

More Resources:

Isaac Reaches Hurricane Status – Social Media Resources Part 2

Tropical Storm Isaac Social Media Resources – Disaster Social Network- Part 1

A Comparison of Hurricane Isaac’s Track and Historical Hurricane Katrina Track

A Comparison of Hurricane Isaac’s Track and Historical Hurricane Katrina Track

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Author: Eston Spain, GIS Analyst & Emergency Planning Associate, IEM

As Hurricane Isaac approaches the Gulf Coast today, the track Isaac is taking is eerily similar to the track Katrina took seven years ago at this same time. Although Isaac is not nearly as strong or expected to cause the extent of damage that Katrina did, many Gulf Coast cities are ordering evacuations. I wanted to see just how close the tracks of the two storms are, so I overlayed Isaac’s track with the historical track Katrina took in 2005. Isaac is expected to hit the Gulf Coast within hours of the seventh anniversary of Katrina.

>Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Katrina Track Comparison

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Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Katrina Track Comparison

This map depicts the forecasted track of Hurricane Isaac and the historical track that Hurricane Katrina took seven years ago almost to the exact date and time. They are approximately 12 hours apart. The lines indicate the center track of each tropical cyclone and where Isaac is forecast to be as it makes landfall. As you can see from the map, Isaac is expected to make landfall at almost the same spot Katrina did. (more…)

Isaac Reaches Hurricane Status – Social Media Resources Part 2

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Author: Disaster Social Network, IEM

As of 11:20am CDT Tropical Storm Isaac has achieved hurricane status with wind speeds of up to 75 mph or more.  IEM has collected the most relevant social media accounts of the approaching storm from this morning’s and last night’s postings.  We will continue to send updates as Isaac makes landfall this evening.

Links to twitter, blogs, picture and video accounts are provided through the links below.

Twitter Accounts:

Hurricane Central (@twc_hurricane)
National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic)
Dr. Rick Knabb (@NHCDirector)
Storm Surge Unit at NHC (@NHC_Surge)
Craig Fugate (@CraigatFEMA)
Mississippi EMA (@MSEMA)
Louisiana GOHSEP (@GOHSEP)
Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu)
Russell Lewis — NPR’s Southern U.S. Bureau Chief (@NPRrussell)
John Snell (@JohnSnellFox8)
Pat Peterson – Gulf Shores (@WKRG_Pat) (more…)

Tropical Storm Isaac Social Media Resources – Disaster Social Network

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Author: Disaster Social Network, IEM

Tropical Storm Isaac as of Aug 27, 4pmET

Tropical Storm Isaac as of Aug 27, 4pmET (photo credit: U.S. National Weather Service)

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to become a Category 1 or 2 hurricane before reaching the northern Gulf Coast late Tuesday evening (August 28). As the storm drenches Florida and approaches the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coasts, IEM is monitoring social media accounts of the disaster for the most current and relevant information available.

Links to twitter, blogs, picture and video accounts are provided through the links below.

Twitter Accounts:

https://twitter.com/NHC_Atlantic
https://twitter.com/wunderground

https://twitter.com/stormpulse

https://twitter.com/NOAASatellites

https://twitter.com/NOLAnews

Trends:

#Isaac
#goawayisaac
#RedCross
#NOLA (more…)

6.0 and 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake in Northern Italy: Social Media Resources Guide

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Author: IEM’s Disaster Social Network (DSN), IEM

Northern Italy has been hit twice in the past 10 days by earthquakes centered in the province of Modena, near Bologna. Tuesday’s (May 28th) 5.8-magnitude quake came nine days after a stronger 6.0 magnitude quake struck the same region in Italy. The quakes have killed at least 16 people and injured 350 more. Estimates are 14,000 people have been forced from their homes. Some reports from Twitter claim that 70% of the town of Cavezzo, Italy was destroyed by the quakes and subsequent aftershocks.

First-hand accounts of disaster and recovery are provided through the links below. IEM is monitoring social media sites for the most current and relevant information available. These links provide the most up-to-date information. (more…)

Turkish Rescue Teams Still Looking for Survivors as Death Toll Passes 500

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Social Media Resources Guide, Part 5

Author: Disaster Social Network, IEM

As the rescue operations continue in Turkey and the death toll surpasses 500, a teenage boy used a rock to dig himself out of a collapsed building and was pulled from the rubble 100 hours after the Turkish quake. See dramatic video below, along with additional social media resources filtered from content about the 7.2 Turkey Earthquake that occurred on Sunday, October 23rd.

News Articles

Turkey Rescuers Look for Survivors at 4 Buildings (10/31/11)
Boy, 13, pulled alive from rubble 100 hours after Turkish quake used a ROCK to dig himself out
(10/28/11)
Earthquake Adds Even More Pressure to Relations Between Turks, Kurds
(10/27/11)
Turkey earthquake death toll passes 500
(10/27/11)

Video

Social Media Saves Lives in Turkey
Turkey earthquake: Boy rescued after 108 hours under rubble
Turkey quake: Toll rises to 523

How Social Media Communication During and After Turkey’s Earthquake Is Changing How Emergency Managers Respond

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Author: Farrah Gosford, Senior Planner, IEM

As all emergency managers have heard time and time again, communication is the number one issue discussed during after action reports following an exercise or disaster. By utilizing social media technology day to day, survivors are more prone to use this technology to verify a family member location and safety post disaster. In a blog posted by FEMA Administrator, Craig Fugate on September 21, 2011, FCC & FEMA: How to Communicate Before, During & After a Major Disaster, , it was recommended to use text messaging, e-mail, or social media during and after a disaster to make contact with your family and friends so to not tie up voice networks. This is due to the fact that data based services are less likely to experience network congestion allowing your messages to reach the intended party faster.

Social media communications is becoming more popular as more devices are capable of interacting with the various social networks. The questions to be answered are whether social media is capable of being a medium for reliable communications during disasters, whether social media is appropriate for disaster communication information and personal notes from individuals, and can social media communications replace human to human voice contact that provide real-time feedback?

As we’ve seen in the devastating earthquake in Turkey, the answer can be “yes”. Approximately five hours after the earth quake struck Turkey, Erhan Celik, a journalist for Turkey’s Kanal 7 TV station, decided to tweet his followers. He understood that thousands of survivors would be homeless due to the earthquake so he tweeted his followers to see how many would be willing to offer accommodations to quake survivors. Within seven hours, after his initial post, there were 17,000 emails in his inbox offering assistance of some sort. The accommodation emails were sent to the Istanbul governorate. These emails lead to the Istanbul governorate activating a 24 hour hotline to take over Celik’s initiative.

As information gets distributed faster and without vetting, it may be hard to verify that information being posted to social media sites is in fact true or from the true source. IEM’s Disaster Social Network has been filtering social media chatter during the recent Turkey earthquake to provide a useful resources guide geared toward the emergency management community. Future endeavors must determine how social media and emergency management can become partners or work together in disaster management.