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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides a variety of support activities for areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. This release provides a summary of activities completed or anticipated to start within the next 24-72 hours.
NOAA MARINE AND AVIATION OPERATIONS
PAO: Jeanne Kouhestani (301) 713-3431 ext. 220, cellular (301) 787-7269
NOAA OCEAN SERVICE
PAO: Ben Sherman (301) 713-3066, cellular (202) 253-5256
NOAA Navigational Response Teams are mobile emergency response units equipped and trained to survey ports and nearby shore waterways. These teams check for submerged obstructions that could cause hazards to shipping. Navigation Response Team 1 has completed side scan surveys of the Mobile Ship Channel yesterday and began surveys in other areas of Mobile. NRT1 will complete surveys in Mobile Bay today.
NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration is supporting US Coast Guard unified command in Baton Rouge, La.
the past week NOAA has collected aerial images of the hardest hit
areas of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. This data has been made
available to federal, state, local agencies as well as the public
in order to facilitate the appropriate government response as well
as address the concerns of the general public. These images are available
via the Internet at http://ngs.woc.noaa.gov/katrina/.
To date NOAA has provided over 20 terabytes of data and has facilitated
the use of the data by the private sector to meet user needs. The
site has averaged 4.5 million photos downloaded on a daily basis for
the last five days.
Ports surveyed to date:
PAO: Connie Barclay (301) 713-2370, cellular (202) 441-2398
NOAA Office for Law Enforcement has received a request from the State of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Enforcement Division for assistance in marine rescue security and safety matters.
An agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, NOAA is dedicated to enhancing the nation’s economic security, improving public safety through prediction and research of weather and Climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global Earth observation network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.
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