Over 1,700 people died, making it the worst marine disaster in U.S. history. This book looks at the disaster through the eyes of the victims themselves.
Author: Gene Salecker
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
At two o’clock in the morning on 27 April 1865, seven miles north of Memphis on the Mississippi, the sidewheel steamboat Sultana’s boilers suddenly exploded. Legally registered to carry 376 people, the boat was packed with 2,100 recently released Union prisoners-of-war. Over 1,700 people died, making it the worst marine disaster in U.S. history. This book looks at the disaster through the eyes of the victims themselves. It offers a concise, minute-by-minute account on the cause of the explosion and its effect on different parts of the boat. To focus on the personal stories of the victims, both civilian and soldier, Gene Eric Salecker patiently collected material from hundreds of letters, period newspaper stories, and other sources. Readers are first introduced to victims while they are languishing in Confederate prisons and follow their release to an exchange camp outside of Vicksburg to their eventual crowding onto the Sultana. His knowledgeable narrative is interwoven with individual reminiscences, including those of the heroic rescuers. He offers unprecedented details about the captain’s handling of the steamboat and corrects some long-held myths about the placement of the soldiers on the Sultana and newspaper coverage of the disaster. A large portion of the book covers rescue attempts, both successful and failed, and the aftermath of the disaster as it affected those involved. With its emphasis on the human-interest aspect of the Sultana, this book brings to the literature a critical point of view and much new research.
Mississippi by the Red-Atchafalaya system. To block, or perhaps only delay, this
process, the USACE built the Old River Control Structure (ORCS) at the Mississippi head of the Old River from 1950 to 1962, and has since operated the
Author: Ronald J. Daniels
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Category: Political Science
Named one of Planetizen's Top 10 Books of 2006 Hurricane Katrina not only devastated a large area of the nation's Gulf coast, it also raised fundamental questions about ways the nation can, and should, deal with the inevitable problems of economic risk and social responsibility. This volume gathers leading experts to examine lessons that Hurricane Katrina teaches us about better assessing, perceiving, and managing risks from future disasters. In the years ahead we will inevitably face more problems like those caused by Katrina, from fire, earthquake, or even a flu pandemic. America remains in the cross hairs of terrorists, while policy makers continue to grapple with important environmental and health risks. Each of these scenarios might, in itself, be relatively unlikely to occur. But it is statistically certain that we will confront such catastrophes, or perhaps one we have never imagined, and the nation and its citizenry must be prepared to act. That is the fundamental lesson of Katrina. The 20 contributors to this volume address questions of public and private roles in assessing, managing, and dealing with risk in American society and suggest strategies for moving ahead in rebuilding the Gulf coast. Contributors: Matthew Adler, Vicki Bier, Baruch Fischhoff, Kenneth R. Foster, Robert Giegengack, Peter Gosselin, Scott E. Harrington, Carolyn Kousky, Robert Meyer, Harvey G. Ryland, Brian L. Strom, Kathleen Tierney, Michael J. Trebilcock, Detlof von Winterfeldt, Jonathan Walters, Richard J. Zeckhauser.
Author: American National Red CrossPublish On: 1929
CHAPTER I The Flood IT IS significant that the first record ever written of a disaster on the North American continent describes a flood in - the Mississippi
Valley . In an account of explorations of the adventurous Spaniard , Fernando De
Once in the Atchafalaya, water from the Mississippi and the Red flowed to the
Gulf via a route that was shorter, and hence steeper, than the main stem of the Mississippi. Since that route was steeper, water flowed along it at higher velocity
Author: Eugenie Birch
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Category: Political Science
Disasters—natural ones, such as hurricanes, floods, or earthquakes, and unnatural ones such as terrorist attacks—are part of the American experience in the twenty-first century. The challenges of preparing for these events, withstanding their impact, and rebuilding communities afterward require strategic responses from different levels of government in partnership with the private sector and in accordance with the public will. Disasters have a disproportionate effect on urban places. Dense by definition, cities and their environs suffer great damage to their complex, interdependent social, environmental, and economic systems. Social and medical services collapse. Long-standing problems in educational access and quality become especially acute. Local economies cease to function. Cultural resources disappear. The plight of New Orleans and several smaller Gulf Coast cities exemplifies this phenomenon. This volume examines the rebuilding of cities and their environs after a disaster and focuses on four major issues: making cities less vulnerable to disaster, reestablishing economic viability, responding to the permanent needs of the displaced, and recreating a sense of place. Success in these areas requires that priorities be set cooperatively, and this goal poses significant challenges for rebuilding efforts in a democratic, market-based society. Who sets priorities and how? Can participatory decision-making be organized under conditions requiring focused, strategic choices? How do issues of race and class intersect with these priorities? Should the purpose of rebuilding be restoration or reformation? Contributors address these and other questions related to environmental conditions, economic imperatives, social welfare concerns, and issues of planning and design in light of the lessons to be drawn from Hurricane Katrina.
In a thirtynineyear period before the Wawaset disaster, America logged 44
collisions, 166 fires, 209 boiler explosions and ... They boarded the 660ton
sidewheel steamer Sultana at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Helena, Arkansas, and
Author: Alvin F. Oickle
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
For passengers of the steamboat Wawaset, August 8, 1873, began with a pleasant cruise from Washington, D.C., down the Potomac River. As the Wawaset came into sight of a small Virginia landing, fire broke out below decks, and frantic passengers leapt from the flames only to be pulled down by the swift waters. Author Alvin F. Oickle puts a human face to the tragedy as he profiles some of the seventy-five who perished, among them young mother Alethea Gray and six members of the Reed family. With a fast-paced style and firsthand accounts, Oickle masterfully narrates the last run of the Wawaset against the backdrop of a tense post-Civil War society.
The Mississippi Homeowner Assistance Program was designed to provide a one-
time grant payment, up to a maximum of ... After the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes,
Congress made $5.5 billion available to Mississippi for disaster recovery.
Author: Matthew J. Scire
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
In response to the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes, Congress provided about $130 billion in disaster recovery assistance, including assistance for permanent housing. The objectives of this report were to review: (1) how federal disaster-related assistance for permanent housing has been provided to homeowners and rental property owners; (2) the extent to which federally funded programs have responded to the needs of homeowners and rental property owners; and (3) the challenges that homeowners and rental property owners have faced in applying for and using fed. assistance, and potential options for addressing these challenges. Includes recommendations. Charts and tables.
Thus, although European settlers in the Mississippi valley probably didn't know
that large earthquakes could happen there, their Indian neighbors did. As far as
we know, the first humans hit by one of these large earthquakes were Indians ...
Author: Seth Stein
Publisher: Columbia University Press
A geologist takes readers inside contemporary earthquake research to offer a new account of the Midwest’s legendary New Madrid fault—“an exceptional read” (Choice). In the winter of 1811-12, a series of large earthquakes in the New Madrid seismic zone shook the Midwest. These historic geological events are often incorrectly described as the biggest ever to hit the United States. Today the federal government ranks the earthquake hazard in the Midwest as high as California's and is pressuring communities to undertake expensive preparations for disaster. In Disaster Deferred, geologist Seth Stein revisits these earthquakes, the legends that have grown around them, and the predictions of doom that have followed in their wake. He details how limited scientific knowledge, bureaucratic instincts, and the media's love of a good story have exaggerated these hazards. Debunking the hype, Stein explains how contemporary seismological techniques—including the use of GPS—painting a very different-and much less frightening-picture of the future. Using new geological ideas and data, he calls for a more sensible, less costly policy. “An essential book for policy makers, economists, and notably educators.”—Choice
As a result of ongoing budget negotiations between FEMA and Mississippi, the
state-managed DCM-P program in Mississippi did not begin until August 2008,
approximately 2 months after it was scheduled to, according to officials from the ...
Author: Kay Brown
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
As a result of the unprecedented damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, the fed. gov¿t., for the first time, funded several disaster case mgmt. programs. These programs help victims access services for disaster-related needs. This report reviewed: (1) steps the fed. gov¿t. took to support disaster case mgmt. programs after the hurricanes; (2) the extent to which fed. agencies oversaw the implementation of these programs; (3) challenges case mgmt. agencies experienced in delivering disaster case mgmt. services; and (4) how these programs will inform the development of a fed. case mgmt. program for future disasters. The author conducted site visits to Louisiana and Mississippi. Includes recommendations. Illustrations.
Case management agencies that were part of KAT or that provided services
under FEMA-funded programs, including the state-managed DCM-P program in Mississippi and the Disaster Housing Assistance Program, were not permitted to
Author: American National Red CrossPublish On: 1938
A Threatened Second Disaster Simultaneous with the havoc in the Ohio Valley
was the insistent threat of another major disaster in the valley of the Mississippi
River below Cairo , Illinois . New levees constructed after the Mississippi Flood of
The subject of the chat , mainly , was one which I think we had not exploited
before — steamboat disasters . steamboat ... We doubted if persons not clothed
with authority were of much use in cases of disaster and attendant panic ; still ,
Abstract The purpose of this book is to show how the neglected and degraded
landscape of the Mississippi River Delta ... While this new disaster focused
attention on the iconic Birdsfoot Delta, it became clear that few were aware of the
way it ...
Author: John W. Day
Category: Technology & Engineering
Human impacts and emerging mega-trends such as climate change and energy scarcity will impact natural resource management in this century. This is especially true for deltas because of their ecological and economic importance and their sensitivity to climate change. The Mississippi delta is one of the largest in the world and has been strongly impacted by human activities. Currently there is an ambitious plan for restoration of the delta. This book, by a renown group of delta experts, provides an overview of the challenges facing the delta and charts - a way forward to sustainable management.
Author: United States. Navy DepartmentPublish On: 1862
Immediately following the disaster on the berth - deck , it was reported to be on
fire , whereupon the gunner's mate , J. B. Frisbee , instantly closed the magazine ,
he remaining inside . All traces of fire having been quickly extinguished by the ...
Henry remembered this, afterward, when the disaster came, and acted
accordingly. The Lacey started up the river two days behind the Pennsylvania.
We touched at Greenville, Mississippi, a couple of days out, and somebody
shouted: “The ...
Author: Mark Twain
Category: Biography & Autobiography
At once a romantic history of a mighty river, an autobiographical account of Twain's early steamboat days, and a storehouse of humorous anecdotes and sketches, here is the raw material from which Mark Twain wrote his finest novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Hannibal, Missouri, on the banks of the Mississippi River, was host to riverboat travelers from around the world, providing a vigorous and variable atmosphere for the young Samuel Clemens to absorb. Clemens became a riverboat pilot and even chose his pen name—Mark Twain—from a term boatmen would call out signifying water depth at two fathoms, meaning safe clearance for travel. It was from this background that Life on the Mississippi emerged. It is an epochal record of America’s growth, a stirring remembrance of her vanished past. And it earned for its author his first recognition as a serious writer. With an Introduction by Justin Kaplan and an Afterword by John Seelye
Three lives were lost by this disaster . Montgomery . — This fine boat ... The tow -
boat Hercules exploded at the mouth of the Mississippi river , April 10th , 1850 ,
killing six men and mortally wounding five more . The boat was blown almost to ...
My wife and family were at our home, an hour and half north of the Mississippi
Gulf Coast in a small community named Baxterville, southwest of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. My wife, my youngest son, and our dog fared the brunt of the storm
as it ...
Author: James H. Cotton
Category: Social Science
How to Play Gospel Music for Beginners book 2 is a supplement to: How to Play Gospel Music for Beginners. This book has over 70 Multi-Level Arrangements!! Songs are written out exactly in the Gospel Piano Style. This book is for the Beginning to Intermediate student. Makes learning fun for all ages! CDs are available to go along with the books. For more information go to: www.jeffersonpresents.com
Methodology. To examine how Gulf Coast states allocated their share of
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, we focused our review on
the states of Louisiana and Mississippi—the states most directly affected by the
2005 Gulf ...
Author: Stanley J. Czerwinski
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Almost 4 years after the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes, the region continues to face daunting rebuilding challenges. To date, $19.7 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds have been appropriated for Gulf Coast rebuilding assistance -- the largest amount in the history of the program. This is a report on: (1) how Louisiana and Mississippi allocated their shares of CDBG funds; (2) what difficulties Louisiana faced in administering its housing recovery program; and (3) what human capital challenges Louisiana and Mississippi encountered and the efforts taken to address those challenges. The author interviewed fed. and state officials and reviewed budget data, fed. regulations, and state policies and planning documents. Tables and charts.
Author: Clinical Associate Professor of Urology Tulane School of Medicine and Louisiana State University Neil Baum, M.D.Publish On: 2009-10-06
Disaster. Plan. Luck occurs when preparation meets persistence. —Gary Player,
professional golfer Dr. Ron Kellum is a primary care doctor who practiced in
Diamondhead, Mississippi, which is located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Author: Clinical Associate Professor of Urology Tulane School of Medicine and Louisiana State University Neil Baum, M.D.
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Category: Business & Economics
Most clinical practices are not prepared for a disaster, and failure to prepare for a disaster can have devastating consequences on a medical practice, the physicians, and the patients. Disaster Planning for the Clinical Practice describes the types of disasters that can affect medical practices, suggests steps for disaster planning, and identifies the necessary procedures for restarting the practice after a disaster has occurred. Natural disasters are not the most common casue of practice failure - man-made disasters such as computer crashes, power outages, and loss of electronic data are more likely to impact a medical practice. This book offers suggestions on the preparation of a disaster plan that can be easily implemented into any health practice, and discusses how to overcome both natural and man-made disasters. Each chapter features true disaster case studies, questions doctors or office managers need to answer, and step-by-step recommendations for the implementation of the disaster plan, as well as dozens of templates and forms ready for immediate use. This is an essential resource for all practices large, small, rural, and academic. Includes a user-friendly CD ROM with forms, questionnaires, and charts!
A natural disaster that threatens Mississippi is asteroids. Asteroids are stones
hurdling through space. When they enter the earth's atmosphere, they burn out,
appearing as beautiful "shooting" or "falling stars". But sometimes meteors don't ...