Emergency service, equipment and supply funding for state and local public health agencies impacted by Hurricane Katrina

The devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina have resulted in the loss of countless lives, destruction of property, and unsafe health conditions in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. There were 450,000 residents in New Orleans alone when the storm hit in August. Over 300,000 households in Louisiana have registered with FEMA for temporary housing and other forms of disaster relief. Health concerns are paramount due to contaminants in the water, lack of medications, and closing of health care facilities. Many of the 10,000 to 15,000 remaining residents in New Orleans have stayed because they have nowhere else to go. Officials estimate that as many as 160,000 homes had been submerged or destroyed.The Foundation is providing support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Preparedness & Response Fund. The CDC Fund provides assistance to state and local public health departments in the affected areas--Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Georgia. The CDC has already sent experts to monitor disease outbreaks or chemical exposures and water quality, and to assess the health care and public health infrastructure. According to the CDC, hundreds of CDC epidemiologists, mental health experts, disaster specialists, structural engineers, and nutritionists are expected to become involved in the coming weeks.This $1 million grant will enable the CDC and its partners to immediately obtain equipment, supplies, and services that are not readily available or are difficult for governments to purchase quickly. Eligible local and state health department officials will request funding from the CDC Foundation, and these requests will be reviewed and approved by the CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response staff. Expenditures that are subsequently found to be reimbursable by federal, state, or local government will be remitted to the CDC Foundation for use in a future disaster response.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,000,000.00

Awarded on: 9/9/2005

Time frame: 9/9/2005 - 9/8/2006

Grant Number: 55669


National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Inc.

600 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 1000
Atlanta, 30308-2219


C. Charles Stokes
Project Director