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Hurricane Gustav Psyc Impact

Latest storm track has Hurricane Gustav, cat 3+, aiming right at New Orleans.:bluecry1:

Our family got clobbered 3 years ago by Katrina and now it looks like the same thing all over again.:down: They live in Slidell.

The family consists of Father and Mother in their 50's, two granddaughters in their 20's in nurses training, and 3 great grandchildren 5 and under.

They are all headed our way here in Texas to safety.:nurse:

Any suggestions as to help them with the stress would be most appreciated--especially for the babies.

Help Please.

Bo

Liddle Noodnik

Specializes in Alzheimer's, Geriatrics, Chem. Dep..

Latest storm track has Hurricane Gustav, cat 3+, aiming right at New Orleans.:bluecry1:

Our family got clobbered 3 years ago by Katrina and now it looks like the same thing all over again.:down: They live in Slidell.

The family consists of Father and Mother in their 50's, two granddaughters in their 20's in nurses training, and 3 great grandchildren 5 and under.

They are all headed our way here in Texas to safety.:nurse:

Any suggestions as to help them with the stress would be most appreciated--especially for the babies.

Help Please.

Bo

Dear Bo, I would ask everyone you can reach to pray for them and others in the storm's path. I was just about to start a thread but found yours before I did.

I just picked up pencil box sets for my nieces and nephews for a family party, cuz you know what kids do at parties. They get into mischief, get bored, and beg to go home ;)

I filled the pencil boxes with a small note book, pen, washable markers, post-it notes, ruler, pencils, eraser, etc... and a little scripture plaque, all in a plastic box. You can make it age-appropriate: stickers, coloring books, etc., whatever you want. I'm going to let them write their names (or some reasonable facsimile lol) on them w/ permanent marker.

(((((((((((Bo's family ))))))))))

CHALMETTE, La., Aug. 28 -- Determined to avoid the mistakes made when Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, federal and state officials began preparations for massive evacuations if it becomes clear that Tropical Storm Gustav will sweep over the region with the same force as Katrina.

for more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/28/AR2008082800311.html?wpisrc=newsletter

Mahalo (thanks) as they say in Hawaii: Off to Wal Mart this evening to get some suitable things for children thanks to your great suggestions.

We've got 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 kittens to also keep them occupied.

Tough on the whole family because 3 years ago today Katrina hit and flooded our home also. We got it repaired and sold and moved to high ground in Texas, 950 feet.

In a way, the hurricane may have less psychological impact on the kids than the adults. This will be the third time for my son.

I avoided watching any tv about Katrina for a long time.

Again, many thanks.

Bo

:redbeathe

Liddle Noodnik

Specializes in Alzheimer's, Geriatrics, Chem. Dep..

Mahalo (thanks) as they say in Hawaii: Off to Wal Mart this evening to get some suitable things for children thanks to your great suggestions.

We've got 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 kittens to also keep them occupied.

Tough on the whole family because 3 years ago today Katrina hit and flooded our home also. We got it repaired and sold and moved to high ground in Texas, 950 feet.

In a way, the hurricane may have less psychological impact on the kids than the adults. This will be the third time for my son.

I avoided watching any tv about Katrina for a long time.

Again, many thanks.

Bo

:redbeathe

Take care hon and please keep in touch w/ us so we won't worry!

I pray that there is no damage to your family's home and property! Thank God that they are not down there and are playing it safe!!

xo

grandee3

Specializes in Tele, Acute.

Hi, I am in slidell also, leaving for Birmingham in the early morning. Glad to hear your folks are leaving. I worked last night getting our pts to higher ground so that is why I have not left yet. I also live on a Bayou so I cannot stay here.

Lost my house in Katrina, I am renting now and in the process of buying this house.

Please pray for us.

Things seem to be moving along well so far. Local and state gov have been working hard to get people out of harms way.

This storm is huge, and if it does not impact us directly, somewhere out there it will hit others. Someone is going to suffer severe damage. My heart goes out to everyone who may be affected. I am praying for them also.

This site has been a comfort to me since Katrina and I know I can count on everyone here to keep us in their thoughts and prayers. Thanks to all who offered support over the last 3 years. Love ya'll!

Liddle Noodnik

Specializes in Alzheimer's, Geriatrics, Chem. Dep..

I am renting now and in the process of buying this house.

So if something happened you would not lose anything on the house? (besides the contents)

I am glad you checked in - praying real hard for all you folks from Cuba on up!

grandee3

Specializes in Tele, Acute.

That's correct, I am living in the house (actually it's a camp on pillings) with the Bayou on both sides of me. My contents are insured. I am packing right now, trying to take all my pics, antiques and heirlooms. I already have my pics and things in plastic containers, so all I have to do is put them in my van and my car. Down here, we kinda stay packed with things we need to grab in a hurry.

Thank you for your prayers, will keep in touch.

Liddle Noodnik

Specializes in Alzheimer's, Geriatrics, Chem. Dep..

That's correct, I am living in the house (actually it's a camp on pillings) with the Bayou on both sides of me. My contents are insured. I am packing right now, trying to take all my pics, antiques and heirlooms. I already have my pics and things in plastic containers, so all I have to do is put them in my van and my car. Down here, we kinda stay packed with things we need to grab in a hurry.

Thank you for your prayers, will keep in touch.

THANK YOU. I am going to keep praying.

You will have to explain bayou when you return. I am glad you are nearly ready to go!

addendum: I started a prayer/thoughts/check in thread in the break room for you guys. Maybe you can't all post but you can read.

https://allnurses.com/forums/f98/prayers-thoughts-check-ins-re-gustav-330034.html#post3079483

Got an email dated 2am Sunday morning. Slidell has mandatory evacuation so all 10 of the family, 4 dogs, 2 cats are getting out of Dodge.

Takes me back to 3 years ago with Katrina, memories I wish I could erase.

We're praying for you and so is our church. "His eye is on the sparrow" and you too.

Bo

THANK YOU. I am going to keep praying.

You will have to explain bayou when you return. I am glad you are nearly ready to go!

addendum: I started a prayer/thoughts/check in thread in the break room for you guys. Maybe you can't all post but you can read.

https://allnurses.com/forums/f98/prayers-thoughts-check-ins-re-gustav-330034.html#post3079483

I live in Houston so I feel your pain! Just stocking up on food, water, gas and supplies and hope we don't get too much flooding! Fall semester nursing school starts Tuesday, what a way to being the semester!

I live in Houston so I feel your pain! Just stocking up on food, water, gas and supplies and hope we don't get too much flooding! Fall semester nursing school starts Tuesday, what a way to being the semester!

Granddaughter in NOLA is in nursing school also and has some OBGYN sessions that wil have to be made up. Only impact in Austin is gas prices are up 10 cents in the last week. Concern over their house in Slidell since it looks like it will be in the NE quadrant of Gustav--the worst of all. Looks like it probably won't be a direct hit on Houston, fortunately for you.

National Guard flew in 2000 critically ill people from NOLA this afternoon to Austin. They are setting up triage, a MASH unit right in the Austin convention center. Everyone on this evacuation has a bar coded wrist band to help authorities keep track of folks and critters.

This is too much like re-living Katrina 3 years ago. Spooky and stressful with nighmares.

We got out of Slidell a year after Katrina.

Liddle Noodnik

Specializes in Alzheimer's, Geriatrics, Chem. Dep..

Keeping you guys in prayer - I wonder if the fear of things happening all over again, and the PTSD effects that must go thru your minds, must be the worst of all. Glad you have each other!!! and that there is a better plan.

Take care and God bless you!

We are grateful that things were not worse this time around! I hope all is well with you and your children. I did have some thoughts that may be helpful for you with your kids.

As the Director of the medical triage unit at the New Orleans Convention Center after Katrina, I experienced something quite profound that changed my perspective. As the father of three, it is something that I'm trying to teach my kids. The victims had two distinguishing characteristics: They believed they were powerless and their focus was on themselves. Those that not only survived but thrived believed the opposite. They believed that they had the power to make a difference and they focused on the needs of others. It may be helpful with your children to celebrate that you had the ability as a family to evacuate and that you were not powerless. Then it may be encouraging for your children to make something for other people that were impacted by the storm.

I will never, ever forget the impact of a man named Augie. He was in the triage unit and had lost everything except for a few bags of stuff. That night he went around with his blankets and covered up all of the elderly folks. Despite his tragic loss he found joy in helping others.

Food for thought. I hope that helps. I have Augie's story in detail posted on my website with his picture. Perhaps your children would be encouraged by it.

I will join the rest of the wonderful folks in this forum in praying for you and your family.

Dan

grandee3

Specializes in Tele, Acute.

It's over, back from Birmingham but still in hotel room near Slidell. I still have no power. All is good at home, my son went back yesterday, no damage.

Thank you for all your prayers and good wishes, they really helped keep us safe.

Our patients will be back tomorrow so I am ready to go back to work tomorrow night. Packed uniforms and everything before I left town knowing that I would probably have to return to work before I went home. And, I also wanted to have work clothes with me in case I could not get to the house or it got flooded.

I'm ready to go back! The other team has been there since Saturday morning so I know they are ready to go home. Just don't know how many nights I will work in a row. Hopefully things will be back to normal by Monday.

Thanks again for all the prayers.

pattylpn54, LPN

Specializes in Psych/Substance Abuse & School Clinics.

God bless you all for your resilience and faith. Prayers continue to go your way, each & everyone.

Liddle Noodnik

Specializes in Alzheimer's, Geriatrics, Chem. Dep..

We are grateful that things were not worse this time around! I hope all is well with you and your children. I did have some thoughts that may be helpful for you with your kids.

As the Director of the medical triage unit at the New Orleans Convention Center after Katrina, I experienced something quite profound that changed my perspective. As the father of three, it is something that I'm trying to teach my kids. The victims had two distinguishing characteristics: They believed they were powerless and their focus was on themselves. Those that not only survived but thrived believed the opposite. They believed that they had the power to make a difference and they focused on the needs of others. It may be helpful with your children to celebrate that you had the ability as a family to evacuate and that you were not powerless. Then it may be encouraging for your children to make something for other people that were impacted by the storm.

I will never, ever forget the impact of a man named Augie. He was in the triage unit and had lost everything except for a few bags of stuff. That night he went around with his blankets and covered up all of the elderly folks. Despite his tragic loss he found joy in helping others.

Food for thought. I hope that helps. I have Augie's story in detail posted on my website with his picture. Perhaps your children would be encouraged by it.

I will join the rest of the wonderful folks in this forum in praying for you and your family.

Dan

Thank you Dan you really made this man come alive in the story! I wonder how he is today - what he's doing - etc...

It's over, back from Birmingham but still in hotel room near Slidell. I still have no power. All is good at home, my son went back yesterday, no damage.

Thank you for all your prayers and good wishes, they really helped keep us safe.

Our patients will be back tomorrow so I am ready to go back to work tomorrow night. Packed uniforms and everything before I left town knowing that I would probably have to return to work before I went home. And, I also wanted to have work clothes with me in case I could not get to the house or it got flooded.

I'm ready to go back! The other team has been there since Saturday morning so I know they are ready to go home. Just don't know how many nights I will work in a row. Hopefully things will be back to normal by Monday.

Thanks again for all the prayers.

Thank God! Thanks for letting us know :)

...no I'm not a nurse (yet), but I stayed at a Holiday Inn...lol. I want to add that my B/F and I stayed here in New Orleans for the storm. It was rough here. The power in our city and many many other parishes, lost power. Some lost water supply also. They couldn't even flush toilets. The older folks with special needs finally came home yesterday. I know that Sildell, Baton Rouge, Terrebonne, Houmas, and Lafourche were hit the worst. I know there a few more ares hit as bad, but I tell exactly who they are. There is an RN living across the street from us. She was, and still, gone through the entire ordeal. I know she was working her butt off. The local hospitals were running on huge generators. My heart, thanks and prayers go to all the nurses that stand strong during these special times of need. They ARE the heartbeat of America. Thanks again, Sharon

Liddle Noodnik

Specializes in Alzheimer's, Geriatrics, Chem. Dep..

...no I'm not a nurse (yet), but I stayed at a Holiday Inn...lol. I want to add that my B/F and I stayed here in New Orleans for the storm. It was rough here. The power in our city and many many other parishes, lost power. Some lost water supply also. They couldn't even flush toilets. The older folks with special needs finally came home yesterday. I know that Sildell, Baton Rouge, Terrebonne, Houmas, and Lafourche were hit the worst. I know there a few more ares hit as bad, but I tell exactly who they are. There is an RN living across the street from us. She was, and still, gone through the entire ordeal. I know she was working her butt off. The local hospitals were running on huge generators. My heart, thanks and prayers go to all the nurses that stand strong during these special times of need. They ARE the heartbeat of America. Thanks again, Sharon

ha ha cute about the Holiday Inn ;)

How can anyone not love Sweetea!

Brave, you two, waiting out the storm. Glad you are ok!

l

got power back yesterday,

my son [in pineville] still has not had any power since monday

the storm was bad in central la but i can imagine what it was like down south..praise be to God we did have more losses than we did

grandee3

Specializes in Tele, Acute.

Got power back yesterday but did not get home until this morning because I did Thur and Fri night at work and stayed in a hotel near by.

Now its time to clean up around here. My son was here the whole time (went to higher ground during the storm).

I have an alligator sitting on the property next door, they named him Bubba! He had a major treat the other day when my neighbors and my son emptied the refrigerators. I bet his belly is so big he can't move. I can see him from my second story deck, as long as I can see him I'm ok. He cannot really get on my property, but I am very cautious. There have been many critters on this bayou since the storm.

Now I'm not running from hurricanes, I'm running from gators. God bless Bubba, he is probably gonna be dinner on someones table soon. Only been out here on the Bayou for a year. Just got finished with the sale of my house in N.O. from Katrina. Still in the process of buying this house I'm living in now. It is a lot of fun here, all friends and some family.

Clean up to will include getting my garden out of my living dining room (mostly large potted plants) it looked like a forest in here when I came home. Gotta get some sleep, will keep posted.

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