Hurricanes 2005

August 28, 2008
Hurricane Katrina struck the US Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, causing unprecedented damage to numerous communities in Louisiana and Mississippi. Our objectives were to verify, document, and characterize Katrina-related mortality in Louisiana and help identify strategies to reduce mortality in future disasters.
October 10, 2006
The complete results of a new door-to-door survey of people living in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes are now available online at
September 11, 2006
For the next two days, nurses from around the area will practice fundamentals to care for Louisiana’s chronically ill residents in a disaster situation.
August 02, 2006
Officials with the Department of Health and Hospitals and with the Louisiana State Police announced today that the effort to find the remaining 136 people on the official missing list from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will transition from the Louisiana Family Assistance Center to local law enforcement agencies.
July 18, 2006
Officials with the Louisiana State Police and the Department of Health and Hospitals announce today that DNA identification efforts will continue with responsibility for any new cases shifting to local coroners’ offices.
June 14, 2006
Determining the population of areas affected by the hurricanes of 2005 has proven to be a difficult task. Now, to aid in this effort, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, the Louisiana Recovery Authority and the Louisiana Public Health Institute have teamed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Census Bureau to conduct a rapid population estimate survey of six parishes in South Louisiana.
June 02, 2006
Health care providers who provided no-cost treatment for uninsured patients from six Hurricane Rita-affected parishes will be reimbursed through a pool of federal funds.
June 01, 2006
With the 2006 hurricane upon us, the Department of Health and Hospitals has adopted new regulations that require nursing facilities to be better prepared for an emergency, including evacuations. The regulations are effective today, June 1, 2006.
May 25, 2006
In the most recent of a series of emergency preparedness announcements, today Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco activated a four-step sheltering plan for the 2006 hurricane season. "We all pray this year will be a hurricane-free season for Louisiana," said Governor Blanco. "However, we stand prepared for several evacuations and are doing everything in our power to ensure a hurricane-safe season. That is why we have strengthened our sheltering capacity as part of our commitment to implement lessons learned from Katrina and Rita."
May 18, 2006
The Department of Health and Hospitals has received additional reports from other states about Louisiana residents who died following Hurricane Katrina. The latest revised reports show 480 total out-of-state-deaths. This is an increase of 281* deaths since DHH made its last report in February 2006.