NEW ORLEANS ( Aug. 30, 2005)
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott D. Rady, 34, of Tampa , Fla. , gives the signal to hoist a pregnant woman from her apartment. In all, the Coast Guard rescued 11 survivors from the apartment building. Rady is a rescue swimmer sent from Clearwater , Fla. , to help aid in search and rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. USCG photo by PO NyxoLyno Cangemi.

NEW ORLEANS (Aug. 30, 2005)
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Beaty, 29, of Long Island, N.Y., looks for survivors in the wake of Hurricane Katrina here today. Beaty is a member of an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew sent from Clearwater , Fla. , to assist in search and rescue efforts. USCG photo by PO NyxoLyno Cangemi.

MOBILE, Ala. (Sept. 1, 2005)
A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew and paramedics from the Mobile area assist a woman onto a gurney at the Coast Guard base. Critically ill patients from a Biloxi National Guard field hospital were transported to the Coast Guard base and transferred to local EMS . USCG photo by PO NyxoLyno Cangemi.

NEW ORLEANS (Sept.13, 2005)
Members of a Louisville, Ky., based Coast Guard Disaster Area Response Team approach a house in a flooded area near Lake Pontchartrain today. Coast Guard crews continue to search for survivors of Hurricane Katrina who may be trapped in their homes. USCG photo by L.F. Chambers.

NEW ORLEANS ( Sept. 7, 2005)
A Coast Guard rescue swimmer with the pilots from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., prepare an elderly man and woman for transport to safety. USCG photo.

VENICE, La. (Sept. 9, 2005)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Spence of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans and Petty Officer 1st Class Marc San Filippo of the Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team from Novato, Calif. assess an oil spill at the Bass Oil Facility. The total environmental impact of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina is currently being evaluated by the Coast Guard and other agencies. USCG photo by PO Robert M. Reed.

VENICE, La. (Sept. 9, 2005)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Spence of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans and Petty Officer 1st Class Marc San Filippo of the Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team from Novato, Calif. assess an oil spill at the Bass Oil Facility. The total environmental impact of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina is currently being evaluated by the Coast Guard and other agencies. USCG photo by PO Robert M. Reed.

COMPILED BY JEFF WRIGHT
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2005
5 p.m. EDT

  • National Hurricane Center, Miami Fla. classifies storm system as Tropical depression twelve over Southeastern Bahamas


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2005
11 a.m. EDT

  • National Hurricane Center, Miami Fla.-Tropical depression twelve upgraded to Tropical Storm Katrina


THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2005
5 p.m. EDT

  • Tropical storm Katrina upgraded to category 1 hurricane Katrina by NWS-NHC.


6:30 p.m. EDT

  • Hurricane Katrina makes landfall in Florida-Broward/Miami-Dade Country border with sustained winds of 80 mph


FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2005
11:30 a.m. EDT

  • Hurricane Katrina intensifies to a Category 2 storm
  • Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco declare states of emergency in their states to help prepare for Katrina’s landfall

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2005

  • President George W. Bush declares a state of emergency in Louisiana and ordered Federal aid for the state. President Bush’s declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all relief efforts.


5 p.m. CDT

  • New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issues voluntary evacuation order


10 p.m. CDT

  • National Hurricane Center issues hurricane warning for the area from Morgan City, Louisiana to the Alabama-Florida border


SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2005
1 a.m. CDT

  • Hurricane Katrina declared a Category 4 storm

8 a.m. EDT

  • Hurricane Katrina declared a Category 5 storm Louisiana Superdome begins accepting evacuees as a special-needs shelter


Approx. 12 p.m. CDT

  • New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin orders mandatory evacuations
  • President Bush declares a state of emergency in Mississippi and Alabama
  • Declares Florida a federal disaster area.


4 p.m. CDT

  • The National Weather Service issues a special hurricane warning: “In the event of a category 4 or 5 hit, most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks, perhaps longer. … At least one-half of well-constructed homes will have roof and wall failure. All gabled roofs will fail, leaving those homes severely damaged or destroyed. … Power outages will last for weeks. … Water shortages will make human suffering incredible by modern standards.” – National Weather Service.

MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2005
7 a.m. CDT

  • Hurricane Katrina, now a category 4 storm makes landfall between Grand Isle, La. and the mouth of the Mississippi River
  • American Red Cross begins the largest mobilization of its resources in the history of the organization for a single natural disaster

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2005
  • Department of Homeland Security implements National Response Plan
  • Media reports of looting in New Orleans begin

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2005

  • Gov. Blanco orders everyone to leave New Orleans, including those in the Superdome
  • Mayor Nagin orders 1,500 law enforcement officials to abandon their search and rescue missions to help control looting in New Orleans

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2005
10 p.m. CDT

  • First National Guard troops arrive in New Orleans
  • Mayor Nagin: "This is a desperate S.O.S."


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2005

  • American Red Cross volunteers arrive at Camp Dawson and begin making preparations for incoming New Orleans evacuees
  • Last evacuees leave Louisiana Superdome


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER, 4, 2005

  • 193 evacuees from New Orleans arrive at Camp Dawson


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2005

  • 119 evacuees arrive at Camp Dawson.
  • FEMA arrives at Camp Dawson

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2005
  • 10 evacuees arrive at Dawson


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2005

  • Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad W. Allen replaces FEMA director Mike Brown as the person who oversees the relief efforts


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2005

  • FEMA Director Mike Brown resigns.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2005

  • FEMA leaves Camp Dawson


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2005

  • Greg Avery and Glenda Shelby Perkins get married at Camp Dawson.

OCTOBER 1, 2005

  • The last evacuees leave Camp Dawson.


OCTOBER 3, 2005

  • American Red Cross leaves Camp Dawson

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