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Page updated December 16, 2005

After Katrina: A Weblog of the National Writing Project Network in Support of Our Colleagues on the Gulf Coast
This National Writing Project weblog (or blog) supports the dissemination and documentation of resources, news, and stories in support of teachers on the Gulf Coast and other areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Anyone can browse the blog or post resources, news, or stories to it.

Disability Funders Network Rapid Response Fund for People with Disabilities in the Gulf Region
The Disability Funders Network has launched a Rapid Response Fund to help nonprofit organizations meet the immediate and long-term needs of people with disabilities in the Gulf region as a result of hurricanes, storms, and other severe weather conditions. The Fund is offering mini-grants to nonprofits to meet specific needs that include, but are not limited to, transportation, shelter, medication, medical equipment, and assistive technology.

Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery Resources
This department of features products containing strategies for agencies supporting people with disabilities in times of emergency or disaster. Products listed include books and other printed material; electronic media (videos, CDs, T.V., radio, Web sites, etc.); and organizations, programs, and projects.

Government Resources for Victims of Hurricane Katrina
This Web page from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities provides links to the National Emergency Response Registry, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Social Security Administration, FEMA, and the Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities, and information on how to file Unemployment Insurance or Disaster Unemployment Assistance claims in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Hope Venture Grants for Young People
MTV and Youth Venture are offering Hope Venture Grants of up to $1,000 to support young people who want to launch an organization, club, or business to aid those affected by Hurricane Katrina. First priority will be given to proposals that support the creation of sustainable ventures that aid the citizens and communities who have lost so much in this disaster. A second priority will be proposals to start organizations solely for the purpose of raising and distributing funds for those in need. Hope Venture Grants will be offered every week for the next six months (until March 17, 2006) to groups of two or more young people (ages 13-20) with the most compelling venture ideas to assist the people and communities affected.

How Youth Can Offer Relief to Those Impacted by Hurricane Katrina
This Web page from Youth Service America encourages youth across the country to initiate fundraising projects for disaster relief organizations that are mobilizing to support the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. The page provides a list of these organizations and fundraising project planning tools and resources.

Hurricane and Other Disaster Relief Information
This Web page from the Center for Mental Health Services of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides links designed to assist people in storm-damaged areas and the workers who are taking care of them. It provides links to publications on mental health and disaster issues, federal agencies, national relief and charity organizations, disaster emergency and mental health contacts, and to articles on coping in shelters and what to do after you return home.

Hurricane Help for Schools: Providing Supplies for Schools Serving Students Displaced by Hurricane Katrina
This Web page from the U.S. Department of Education gives schools which are accepting students who cannot attend their own schools because of Hurricane Katrina a place to post their needs, and gives organizations and companies a place to post what they can provide to those schools.

Hurricane Katrina Action Center
The Council for Exceptional Children's Hurricane Katrina Action Center provides a place for educators to post their professional and/or personal needs and for members to learn what they can do to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Katrina Information for Federal Student Loan Borrowers and Students and Parents
These Web pages from the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Library of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid provide answers to the frequently asked questions of federal student loan borrowers, students, and parents affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Recovery
This Web page on, the U.S. government's official Web portal, provides links in the following categories: find family and friends, how to get help, shelter and housing for survivors, donate and volunteer, health and safety, what the government is doing, and frequently asked questions.

Hurricane Victims with Disabilities Receive Assistance Through Department of Education, Gulf States to Get $25.9 Million in Vocational Rehabilitation Services
On September 30, President Bush signed the Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Act of 2005 into law, thereby granting the U.S. Department of Education authority to permit hurricane-affected Gulf Coast states access to $25.9 million in federal funds for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services without the states having to provide matching funds. These VR services may include education, training, assistive technology, or various supports necessary for employment of individuals with disabilities affected by Hurricanes Katrina or Rita that contribute to the economic growth and development of communities.

Hurricanes 2005: Resources
Connect for Kids has compiled a Web page of online resources for helping those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Resources on the page are organized into three categories: emergency guidelines for helping victims, giving and getting help, and help with healing.

Katrina Special Needs Assistance Page
TheArcLink Inc. and The Arc of Louisiana have created a Web-based clearinghouse where people can post needs of those affected and/or offers of support. Site sections include: offers of housing and supports, employment opportunities, personal services, special needs Katrina survivors in crisis, and job applications and resumes.

National Education Association, Members Respond to Hurricanes
This Web page from the National Education Association (NEA) provides opportunities to contribute to or apply for a grant from the NEA Hurricane Relief Fund, adopt or register a school in need, and find or fill a teaching job, as well as resources to help students cope with upheaval and loss.

Project Reassure
Project Reassure, a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education and The Watson Institute, is the work of an interdisciplinary team of volunteers who have created resources for adults to use while caring for young victims displaced and distressed by Hurricane Katrina, especially children with disabilities. Project Reassure offers suggestions for coping with traumatic stress, music and play activities to pass the time during long hours, communication strategies, and simple interventions to reestablish calm in the lives of the hurricane's youngest victims. You can contribute to Project Reassure by suggesting simple interventions or by making a financial contribution.

Rural to Rural: Helping Rural Schools and Communities Recover Together
This Web site from the Rural School and Community Trust helps rural people from across the country help rural schools in the regions affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Rural Trust staff has contacted rural schools in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and helped them build a list of what they need to rebuild or fix their schools, both money and materials. Users of this site can search the affected schools' needs.

S.O.S. — Serve Our Students: A Response to Hurricane Katrina
Students with disabilities whose colleges and universities were in the path of Hurricane Katrina may have lost critical documentation of their disability and past history of services and may have no conceivable means of retrieving or recreating that documentation in the foreseeable future. This Web page from the Association on Higher Education and Disability provides information for disability services staff of these students’ new campuses, including information on dealing with students who lack documentation of their disability and students in transition.

Tips for Helping Students Recovering from Traumatic Events
This brochure from the U.S. Department of Education is based on discussions with some three dozen experts who work with students. It provides practical information for parents and students who are coping with the aftermath of a natural disaster, as well as for teachers, coaches, school administrators, and others who are helping those affected.


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