Rebuilding Gulf Coast .com  is designed to be an online resource directory for the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast states including Louisiana, Mississippi & Alabama in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, now considered to be the single worst natural disaster in United States history.
All federal, state & private disaster relief organizations are listed on this network & may be contacted directly or online. does NOT accept donations

Bush- "We will do what it takes!"
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- President Bush delivered a prime time address to the nation Thursday September 15, 2005 from Jackson Square in the French Quarter of New Orleans 17 days after Hurricane Katrina distroyed the city and displaced a million people. This is a transcript of his remarks.

" Good evening. I am speaking to you from the city of New Orleans -- nearly empty, still partly underwater and waiting for life and hope to return. Eastward from Lake Pontchartrain, across the Mississippi coast, to Alabama and into Florida, millions of lives were changed in a day by a cruel and wasteful storm.

In the aftermath, we have seen fellow citizens left stunned and uprooted, searching for loved ones, and grieving for the dead and looking for meaning in a tragedy that seems so blind and random.

We have also witnessed the kind of desperation no citizen of this great and generous nation should ever have to know -- fellow Americans calling out for food and water, vulnerable people left at the mercy of criminals who had no mercy and the bodies of the dead lying uncovered and untended in the street.

These days of sorrow and outrage have also been marked by acts of courage and kindness that make all Americans proud. Coast Guard and other personnel rescued tens of thousands of people from flooded neighborhoods.
click here for full transcript

Donate Your Used Vehicle to One of the Charities Helping the Hurricane Victims!
Thousands of people are still without a permanent place to stay!
Please, Donate your used car, boat, motorcycle, ATV or RV to your favorite charity & receive full fair market value as a tax deduction!
Click here to learn more!

Hurricane Katrina

Katrina is expected to be the costliest natural disaster in United States history and may well be the deadliest hurricane on record since the Galveston hurricane in 1900.

Hurricane Katrina was a powerful tropical cyclone which caused extensive and severe damage in the southeastern United States and will likely become the worst natural disaster to hit the United States with major global economic consequences caused by disruption of oil supplies, exports, and imports. Disaster relief plans are in operation in the affected communities. Some experts predict one million people could become homeless as a result of the storm. Currently five million people are without power in the Gulf Coast region, and it may be two months before all power is restored.

The aftermath of the storm compounded problems. In particular, the breaching of some levees protecting New Orleans caused water to flow unabated into the city. Katrina may be the deadliest hurricane in the United States of America since the Galveston
Hurricane. The Galveston hurricane of 1900 killed around 8,000 (possibly up to 12,000) people. 

Katrina was a powerful tropical cyclone which caused extensive and severe damage in the southeastern United States and will likely become the worst natural disaster to hit the United States with major global economic consequences caused by disruption of oil supplies, exports, and imports. Disaster relief plans are in operation in the affected communities. Some experts predict one million people could become homeless as a result of the storm. Currently five million people are without power in the Gulf Coast region, and it may be two months before all power is restored. Katrina is also expected to be the costliest natural disaster in United States history.

Victims of Hurricane Katrina are attempting to recover from the massive storm that is still making its way across the Mid-Atlantic States. American Red Cross volunteers have been deployed to the hardest hit areas of Katrina’s destruction, supplying hundreds of thousands victims left homeless with critical necessities.

By making a financial gift to Hurricane 2005 Relief, the Red Cross can provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need.

Visit Mississippi your premier website for information, maps, books, travel plans and more covering the entire Mississippi River Region.
From Nautical Charts of the Mississippi River to thousands of real estate listings . click here

Hurricane and Disaster Clean Up & Resources

  Many insurance policies will cover the cost of professional cleanup if you can not move a big mess yourself.  Check your policy.  If you must do it yourself, take "before" and "after" photos or videotapes.  Pump or bail water out of the house as soon as safely possible.  Shovel mud out before it can dry.  Open the windows to let the house air out and give the walls and floors a chance to dry.  Scrub floors and walls with a stiff brush and mild soap and water.

Unplug as a safety precaution.
- Clean the outside with a grease cutter, then with detergent and water.
- Clean the inside with conventional oven cleaner.

Refrigerators and freezers
Unplug appliances as a safety precaution
- To remove odors, wash the inside with detergent and water. Make sure you wash the plastic gasket that seals the doors.
- Rinse with a cloth and clear water. Wipe dry.

Washers and Dryers
These appliances should be sanitized if they have been immersed in floodwater. Here's how:
- Unplug the appliances as a safety precaution,
- Pour a disinfectant into the empty washer. Run a 15-minute cycle using the hot water setting.
- Unplug the dryer and wipe the drum and dryer door with a cloth dipped in disinfectant solution.
- Rinse with a cloth dipped in clear water.
- Leave the dryer door open until all parts are dry, preferably overnight.
- When dry, the dryer can be used again.
- Leave the dishwasher door open until all parts are dry.

Books and papers
- Place books on end with leaves separated. When they are partially dry, pile and press books.
- Alternate drying and pressing until thoroughly dry.
- If books and papers are very damp, sprinkle cornstarch or talcum powder between the leaves to absorb moisture. Leave on for several hours, then brush off.
- When papers and books are almost dry, use an electric iron set on low heat and flatten the pages.
- Separate the pages to prevent musty odors.
- When books are completely dry, close them and clamp them closed using large C- clamps and plywood blocks to help them retain their shape.
- Photocopy very important papers because they may quickly disintegrate, even thought they've dried out.

Televisions, Stereos and VCR's
- Never open an electronic appliance to dry it inside. A television is especially dangerous.  It has a tube and some other components that will retain very high electric voltages for quite awhile.
- Unplug the appliance and let it dry thoroughly.  When you notice the moisture on the outside has dried, do not assume the inside has dried.  Let the item continue to dry for a few more days.  Placing the equipment in the sun will help but monitor the item closely.  Liquid Crystal displays can be damaged by over exposure to the bright sunlight.
- After you are certain the item is completely dry inside and out, plug it in.  If it won't work right away let it dry some more and try again later.
- If you see smoke or hear crackling sounds, unplug it and take it to a repair shop, you did the best you could.
- If the power indicator lights come on, leave the VCR on for about 10 minutes, then turn it off for about 30 minutes.  Repeat the process leaving the appliance on for an extra five minutes each try.
- VCRs often have moisture sensors that refuse to let the machine play a tape until dry.  Don't despair yet; keep following the procedures above.
- If the appliance power indicator does not come on, and your sure the outlet works, unplug it and take it to a repair shop.

Rugs and Carpets
- After shampooing, dry rugs or carpets quickly.  Hang rugs on a line if possible, or lay them out flat in a warm, dry place.  Use an electric fan to speed drying.
- Even though the surface seems dry, any moisture remaining at the base of the fiber tufts will cause mildew or rot.

- If you must walk on the carpet before it is dry, cover it first with brown paper towels. Vacuum again when dry and brush the nap in one direction.

Save up to 80% off retail on tools and outdoor equipment!
Cheap Building
Wholesaler Of Building Materials. Source laminate, hardwood, stone, or tile flooring. Roofing, decking, siding, and more. Browse and order online or toll-free.
Find all types of
ladders at low prices.

Your unlimited resource for tools & garden equipment.
Quality Fencing Products at discount prices

Discount Hardware Stores

Shop for hardware, tools, equipment and accessories. Save time and money shopping for thousands of items online at discount prices!

click here

Discount Appliance Stores

Free delivery on select national brand refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, dryers, stoves and more. Research, compare and buy.

click here
Large in stock selection of sinks for the kitchen, bath and bar
Discount mirrors that reflect your style

Search For Jobs
click here
click here
click here

Search and apply for thousands of jobs in your area, free! Employers, post jobs or search over a million candidates in 37 industries like healthcare, sales, customer service and more.
click here

Search For Jobs Anywhere in the US!

Search For:
Apartment Rentals
click here

Rental Cars
click here

click here

click here

Florida Hurricane Insurance
click here
Resource Directory
Scholarship Directory

Salvation Army (800) SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief (800) 462-8657, ext. 6133

United Methodist Committee on Relief (800) 554-8583

Please sign our Message Board / Guest Book

This message board is to help those in need.  If you would like to be of help to those in need of shelter, food, or anything; please feel free to post a message here. 
click here

Read our Message Board
click here

Hurricane Categories

Saffir-Simpson Scale

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale rates a hurricane's intensity using wind speed and storm surge, which is the abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm. The scale also estimates the potential damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall.

Category One
Wind speed: 74-95 mph (119-153 km/h)
Storm surge: 4-5 feet above normal
Damage: Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees along with some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage

Category Two
Wind speed: 96-110 mph (154-177 km/h)
Storm surge: 6-8 feet above normal
Damage: Roofing, door and window damage to buildings; Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees, mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers

Category Three

Wind speed: 111-130 mph (178-209 km/h)
Storm surge: 9-12 feet above normal
Damage: Structural damage to small residences and utility buildings; foliage blown off trees and large trees blown down; mobile homes destroyed

Category Four
Wind speed: 131-155 mph (210-249 km/h)
Storm surge: 13-18 feet above normal
Damage: Extensive damage to doors, windows and lower floors of shoreline houses; total roof failures on small residences; shrubs, trees, and all signs blown down; mobile homes completely destroyed

Category Five
Wind speed: Greater than 155 mph (249 km/h)
Storm surge: generally greater than 18 feet above normal
Damage: Complete roof failure on many buildings and some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away; severe and extensive window and door damage; mobile homes completely destroyed

Charity Fund Raisers .org
Fundraising for Charity
Promote your cause and raise more money. Extend, market and manage successful fund raising events!
See how much you can raise for hurricane relief!
click here

Hurricane Preparation Tips
The following list includes the most important emergency supplies when preparing for a hurricane.

*Portable AM Radio & Batteries *Oil Lamp & Lamp Oil *First Aid Kit
Hammer & assorted nails * Pliers * Candles & Matches *Masking Tape (2 rolls 2" tape ) * Flashlights (3) & Batteries * Tarpaulins
*Propane tanks for barbecue grill or camping stoves.
*Electrical tape (1 roll)
*Purchase Emergency Foods (Non-perishable)
* Bottled Drinking Water *Canned Soups *Vegetables etc.
*Pastas, macaroni *Powdered Chocolate Drink Mix *Powdered Milk *Eggs
Other Non-Perishable Foods

Assemble Important Documents -
It is important that important documents be removed from a home which is to be evacuated. They should be stored in a safe place. A bank safe deposit box is used by many. Some folks will use a Sentry type home safe which is fire and water resistant. Important records include: Homeowners, automobile and boat insurance contracts; Life insurance policies; Wills, Trusts; Property Deeds, Marriage Certificates, Military Discharge Certificates, Birth Certificates, etc.

Protect your windows. Permanent shutters are the best protection.

Water Availability - If winds are expected to reach category 3 or above, the Water Resources Superintendent will make a determination if the water needs to be turned off. Fill your bath tubs and buckets with water for flushing toilets in event water supply or electricity is turned off.

Pre Fab Homes
Save thousands building your own home!

Pre Fab Homes
Save thousands building your own home! Find prefabricated, manufactured, home kits & modular homes in your area. Dealer listings nationwide.
click here


Cash Sought To Help Hurricane Victims, Volunteers Should Not Self-Dispatch

Release Date: August 29, 2005
Release Number: HQ-05-177


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Voluntary organizations are seeking cash donations to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina in Gulf Coast states, according to Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response. But, volunteers should not report directly to the affected areas unless directed by a voluntary agency.

“Cash donations are especially helpful to victims,” Brown said. “They allow volunteer agencies to issue cash vouchers to victims so they can meet their needs. Cash donations also allow agencies to avoid the labor-intensive need to store, sort, pack and distribute donated goods. Donated money prevents, too, the prohibitive cost of air or sea transportation that donated goods require.”

Volunteer agencies provide a wide variety of services after disasters, such as clean up, childcare, housing repair, crisis counseling, sheltering and food.

“We’re grateful for the outpouring of support already,” Brown said. “But it’s important that volunteer response is coordinated by the professionals who can direct volunteers with the appropriate skills to the hardest-hit areas where they are needed most. Self-dispatched volunteers and especially sightseers can put themselves and others in harm’s way and hamper rescue efforts.”

Here is a list of phone numbers set up solely for cash donations and/or volunteers.

Donate cash to:

American Red Cross
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English,
1-800-257-7575 Spanish;

Operation Blessing

America’s Second Harvest

Donate Cash to and Volunteer with:

Adventist Community Services

B'nai B'rith International

Catholic Charities, USA

Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Church World Service

Convoy of Hope

Corporation for National and Community Service Disaster Relief Fund
(202) 606-6718

Lutheran Disaster Response

Mennonite Disaster Service

Nazarene Disaster Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Salvation Army
1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440

United Methodist Committee on Relief

For further information: visit the website for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) at:

This list of organizations is provided by the National Organization of Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster. Please email if you are interested in having your organization added to the list.

Please check with your tax advisor or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for more information regarding the tax deductibility of your donation.
The listing of or omission of an institution or organization on this Web site does not refer to programmatic capability nor does it confer any official status, approval, or endorsement of the institution or organization itself. This listing does not purport to be a listing of all organizations that are providing relief in the affected area. Additionally, there may be organizations providing relief in the affected area that are not accepting donations at this time. It is not the purpose of this Web site to make, or enable to be made, any representation to the public concerning the organizations listed. This listing is for informational purposes only. Any contributions you choose to make from links on this Web site are at your sole discretion.

FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.

Missing Persons

Submit a missing/stranded person to the United States Coast Guard. Help the Coast Guard find your missing loved ones!
Click here

The National Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a new high-speed solution to locating your Next Of Kin in urgent situations. NOKR is a free service to the public as well as the Local and State agencies using the service.
click here


The Gulf of Mexico is a major body of water bordered and nearly landlocked by North America. The gulf's eastern, northern, and northwestern shores lie within the United States of America. The gulf is bordered on the southwestern and southern shores with Mexico.
The total area of the Gulf of Mexico is approximately 615,000 square miles. Coastal cities along the Gulf of Mexico include Tampa, St. Petersburg, Pensacola, Mobile, New Orleans, Beaumont, and Houston in the United States,Veracruz and Mérida in Mexico, and Havana in Cuba.

The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
A huge "dead zone" of water so devoid of oxygen that sea life cannot live in it has spread across 5,800 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico this summer in what has become an annual occurrence caused by pollution. The dead zone lacks oxygen because of pollution in the form of excess nutrients that flows into the gulf from the Mississippi River. Animals trying to live in this smothering layer of water near the bottom of the sea must either leave or they will sufficate. To learn more about the "dead zone" please visit the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Assessment' s website. NOAA's Official Website

Gulf Of Mexico Facts & Information

  • Gulf of Mexico Depth
    At a depth of more than 12,000 feet, Sigsbee Deep is the deepest part of the Golf of Mexico . It is more than 300 miles long and is sometimes called the “Grand Canyon under the sea.” Its closest point to the Texas coast is 200 miles southeast of Brownsville.
  • Gulf of Mexico Size
    The total area of the Gulf of Mexico is about 600,000 square miles
  • Gulf of Mexico Width
    The shortest distance across the Gulf of Mexico is about 500 miles between the Mississippi Delta and the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula.
    The greatest distance across the Gulf of Mexico is approximately 1,000 miles going east to west.
  • Gulf of Mexico Ports
    The Gulf of Mexico links the ports of five southern U.S states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas) and six Mexican states (Tamaulipas, Vera Cruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo) with the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
  • Gulf of Mexico Shoreline
    The United States and Mexico form the Gulf of Mexico's mainland shore, which extends more than 4,000 miles from the Florida Keys to Cabo Catoche, at the northwestern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.
  • Gulf of Mexico Sanctuaries
    The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary contains the northernmost tropical coral reefs in the U.S.
    Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas is the wintering ground of most of the world's whooping cranes in the wild.
    Padre Island National Seashore in Texas is the nation's longest stretch of undeveloped beach.

    Bad Credit Mortgages

    Mortgages for people with late payments, bankruptcy, judgments, charge offs and even foreclosure.
    click here

This website is owned and operated by the Official Florida Visitor Guide .com Network & internet publishing group.
For advertising and editorial content, please contact Rob Grant. The Official Florida Visitor Guide .com Network reserves the right to reject, modify or cancel any advertising at its sole discretion.
Email Us
New York Offices (518) 891-3745