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Hurricane Katrina Special Needs Shelters at LSU (2005)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-09-2

Duration: 00:05:06

Subjects: Hurricanes | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Natural Disasters | Disaster response and recovery | American Red Cross | Public shelters | Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) | Health Care | Mental Health


  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • LaFleur, Donna Producer
  • LaFleur, Donna Editor
  • Jaekle, Jan Interviewee
  • Ballenger, Arlene Interviewee
  • Kasofsky, Jan Interviewee
  • Post, David Interviewee


This segment from the September 2, 2005, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s visit to the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, the site of a special needs shelter for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Whinham talks to: Jan Jaekle, a Red Cross nurse, about how Hurricane Katrina compares to other recent natural disasters; Arlene Ballenger of the Department of Social Services about the services offered at the special needs shelter; Jan Kasofsky of Capitol Area Human Services about the evacuation of mental health patients; and Dr. David Post of Capitol Area Mental Health about the emotional toll of the disaster on evacuees. Hosts: Robyn Ekings and Charlie Whinham