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On 29 August 2005, Hurricane Katrina (a category 4 tropical storm) ravaged the coastal states of Louisiana and Mississippi. Public sector response to the unfolding human disaster was tardy. Moreover, it did not match Katrina's scale, geometry, and deadly pace. Yet the private sector deployed swiftly and contributed to ease initial government shortcomings. This is an archival news resource.
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The Katrina and Rita Recovery Job Connection Site:
In the aftermath of Hurricanes, this site connects workers needing jobs with employers who want to hire them. Individuals looking for work and the opportunity to rebuild their lives, either in hurricane impacted areas or in new locations, can connect with employers who are anxious to hire them, for either permanent jobs or for jobs that are focused on cleanup and recovery.

For job opportunities in the international security sector visit the RECRUITMENT area

Hurricane Recovery - Vendor Information:
Vendors that are new to Federal Contracting should start by registering with the following websites:

Dunn and Bradstreet (D&B):
Central Contractor Registry (CCR):
Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA):

- Special Report. Katrina and Rita Response: One Year Later. A report on hurricane relief activities
August 29, 2005 - July 30, 2006. By Direct Relief International, Santa Barbara, August 2006: click here

- Hurricanes Katrina/Rita Response Archives: click here

- Katrina survivors play defense against looting. By Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 March 2006:

- Team CACI Responds to Hurricane Katrina. Employees in Region Continue Client Support; Company Provides Relief Initiatives:

- 4 Firms Hired to Clear Debris in Gulf Coast. By Renae Merle, The Washington Post Staff , 16 September 2005, p. A20: click here

- Private military arrives in New Orleans. The Vermont Guardian, 15 September 2005:

- Aid group gets used to working on US soil. By Amy Yee, The Financial Times, 13 September 2005:

- Homeland Security to monitor Katrina deals. Investigators head to Gulf Coast to monitor recovery contracts. The Associated Press, 13 September 2005:

- Blackwater USA Continues to Support Katrina Devastated Areas. Blackwater USA, PRNewswire, 13 September 2005: click here

- Iraq or New Orleans - It's all part of the job for security guard. By Ted Roelofs, The Grand Rapids Press, 13 September 2005: click here

- Katrina-hit states turn to security firms. By Marguerite Higgins, The Washington Times, 10 September 2005:

- Private sector is poised to reap a windfall of business in reconstruciton. By John M. Broder (New York Times), 10 September 2005:

- Dutch group to fly in temporary mass mortuary. By Ian Bickerton, The Financial Times, 8 September 2005:,dwp_uuid=6ab6c2fa-1adf-11da-a117-00000e2511c8.html

- Private Security Contractors Head to Gulf. By Griff Witte, The Washington Post, 8 September 2005:

- Business Recovery and Continuity after Hurricane Katrina. The Steele Foundation Press Release, September 7 2005:

- IAP Worldwide Services Forms Hurricane Katrina Relief Unit. PRNewswire, 4 September 2005: click here

- International Rescue Committee Mounts Emergency Response for Hurricane Victims. Reuters, 4 September 2005:

- Security firms deploy to New Orleans. Blackwater, Steele Foundation head to hurricane-hit area. By August Cole, MarketWatch, 2 September 2005: click here

- Private security firms in demand in Katrina chaos. By Nichola Groom, Reuters, 2 September 2005:

- Open letter to all ASIS members concerning the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. ASIS, 2 September 2005: click here

- Global Rapid Response Supports Stability and Recovery Efforts in New Orleans. PRNewswire, 2 September 2005: click here

- NBC Armed for Katrina. The New York Post, 2 September 2005:

- Kenyon International Activates Emergency Team for Hurricane Katrina Response. PRNewswire, 1 September 2005: click here

- Blackwater Joins Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort! Blackwater Press Release, 1 September 2005:

- Private Security and Crisis Managers Support New Orleans. The Steele Foundation Press Release, August 31 2005:


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