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ERIC Number: EJ784846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Technology and Media Infrastructures in Louisiana and Mississippi School Districts
Hancock, Robert; Nauman, Anne; Fulwiler, John
Multicultural Education, v15 n2 p36-38 Win 2007
Perhaps one of the worst disasters in United States history, Hurricane Katrina is expected to have a lasting impact on the economies of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida with losses in the billions of dollars. Given that the economic foundation of the approximately 600 schools and libraries affected was far from ideal before the hurricane, the prospect of recovery for technology and media infrastructures seemed dim. The authors set about this research with little or no knowledge of the impact of Katrina on technology and media infrastructures. It was the authors' intention to provide a descriptive snapshot of the damage done and the relief received. To accomplish this goal, an online form was created, and the technology contacts for school districts listed in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) zones for individual assistance were contacted. In these zones, FEMA, along with other federal, state, and local agencies, was providing aid to individual citizens and households in the form of grants, loans, tax relief, counseling, as well as emergency food and shelter. The link for the survey was mailed out to the technology contacts for each of the parishes/districts, and each district was contacted by phone and urged to participate. A total of 77 parishes were targeted, and of these, 41 responded. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Florida; Louisiana; Mississippi; United States