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Hi all, Jake Price just called in from New Orleans and asked me to post this — apparently a lot of people down there covering Katrina are having a lot of problems with flat tires and punctures. so if you are inbound, in addition to loading up with fuel and water, bring kit to deal with flat tires.

by teru kuwayama at 2005-09-09 06:27:08 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) brooklyn , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

hi guys, so here’s a little update: what i’m hearing now is that even hazmat workers where having trouble at the roadblocks and one of the workers who’s here working on the hotel i’m staying at had to sneak in with a local on a side road (aparantly the brilliance of fema has no bounds), so if that’s the situation with workers i’d think it’s more difficult for press.  ….as teru mentioned, three are tons of flats, so definitly being kits if you can, i’ll buy one if anyone brings one and can get in.  additinallyfor those who are inteh city and get stuck there’s one repair shop, it’s on st. claude st (rampart changes into st. claude) and the cross street is louis steet  (not sure if this is the exact name but the cross street starts with an l).  ….the situation in general is quite bizzare the cops are really jittery and i for one, if we are to have even mooooore guns  would love to have more national guard because they’re great to work with and porfessional.  why there are so many guns when there are more corpses than peoople is a mystery to me, but perhaps the idiots at the top who are so mismanaging this diasater fear that the dead will come back and hopefully get a little justice from the people who so terribly failed them when they could have been saved…..ok have to go find a compressor, write anothger update soon,

by [former member] | 09 Sep 2005 09:09 | a dark bar,bourbon street, United States | | Report spam→
is it the same in mississippi?

i will be traveling there on the 17th. so i’m curious about the situation.

by Manny Dominguez Jr. | 09 Sep 2005 10:09 | Philadelphia, United States | | Report spam→
I haven’t been to downtown New Orleans so can’t comment on that situation, but did spend yesterday in Gulfport and Biloxi, MS. Cops and Guardsmen seemed pretty relaxed, and I really didn’t have any problems. Destruction is massive there, whole residential neighborhoods turned into slabs of concrete and piles of wood. Along the beach in Gulfport it’s deserted, aside from body recovery teams, cops, and Guardsmen. More people hanging out and surviving in Biloxi….

by [former member] | 09 Sep 2005 15:09 | Louisiana, United States | | Report spam→
Note that gas cans/coolers other assorted camping material are difficult to find from houston all the way down to new orleans. plan accordingly.

the flat tire issue is serious and preparations should be made.

in addition- with expected malaria and possible new strain of hep one should consult their doctors.

other than that accomodations are difficult as the main hotel housing photographers is shutting down on saturday.

all the best.


new orleans

by [former member] | 09 Sep 2005 23:09 (ed. Sep 9 2005) | new york, United States | | Report spam→
new york to new orleans in the morning, give a shout if there’s anything special anyone needs couriered.

jake, Im at tekserve, just picked up your hard drive. see you tomorrow.

by teru kuwayama | 10 Sep 2005 09:09 | brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
I worked out of a boat for what thats worth…………needed neosporin, betadine, amoxycillin,  sunblock and wished I had a Glock diuring our rescue trips.
There are packs of wild dogs,  and when the water goes farther down this will be an even  larger  problem.

And there are too many soldiers for a ghost town.

by [former member] | 11 Sep 2005 10:09 | new orleans, United States | | Report spam→
ANDY: Glad you are back   at  LS. Best

by Alex Reshuan | 11 Sep 2005 11:09 | Miami, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Alex…glad to be here.

by [former member] | 11 Sep 2005 13:09 | new york, United States | | Report spam→
hello andy, very glad to hear from you, hopefully we can meet one of these days.  i’ve been in no for the past 9 days and am now heading to mississippi, however i’m going to return to new orleans before i go, so hope to see you….and yes, so many guns.  had they put as many doctors and nurses in the convention center as they have military on the street how many lives could have been saved?  i’ll expound on this later. the neglect was absoutly criminal.

by [former member] | 11 Sep 2005 19:09 | a dark bar,bourbon street, United States | | Report spam→
I just arrived to Baton Rouge….on my way to New Orleans first thing tomorrow…any advice….appreciate it.

by Juan Carlos | 11 Sep 2005 20:09 | Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States | | Report spam→

great to hear from you. i’m staying in morgan city, la for at least another day or two….let me know if you need anything, and i’ll do my best to get it to you.

by [former member] | 11 Sep 2005 21:09 | Louisiana, United States | | Report spam→
good luck everyone, stay healthy, I have never seen the things that I am seeing down here before. Total destruction…

watch out for black mold, the nurses in the shelter Im volunteering in are really bugging out about it.

by [former member] | 11 Sep 2005 22:09 | Pascagoula, Mississippi, United States | | Report spam→
hi all, a coule of things: first if anyone is heading to new orleans i have a friend who has a couple of requests: claratin D, tooth paste, and throat losenges, and benadryl.  secondly, i’m heading to biloxi, so if anyone has any info on that a post would be quite welcome….if anyone is indeed heading to no you can find all my info in the contact section of my profile, many thanks,

by [former member] | 12 Sep 2005 10:09 | biloxi, missippi, United States | | Report spam→
I am still in New York getting my images into the pipeline. Jeff, Ron and Tim at Contact have done a fantastic job for me and made every effort to get my pictures in the right place. Bob did a great edit. Hopefully I can make enough sales to keep afloat till I get settled again, and I expect to be back in Louisiana next week to try to secure my negatives, equipment and animals. Unfortunately I dunked a T-90 near the Superdome and will have to try to get something to fit my lens on, and I have no idea of the fate of my computer, and cats, but hope for the best.

It was quite a ride and the three hats of victim, helper, and photographer created some interesting dynamics and lessons. Working from a canoe was interesting. Probably a book’s worth.

All in all, I thought the photographers did a fine job, and the competition for space in the magazines is tough. Hopefully a few of my images will make it through, though I think the story has been sensationalized in a way that makes subtle images a bit harder sell right now.

I will have a computer from Ric Smolan and David Cohen tommorow so Jake, Max and the rest hopefully we can hook up if you stay around a bit.


by [former member] | 14 Sep 2005 15:09 | new york, United States | | Report spam→
One of the most important things you need are waders. I can’t stress how important it was for me to pick up a pair. If you are already in Baton Rouge, take the main road (forgot if it was 10 or 90) and look for a Super Walmart and Lowes 1/2 way to NOs. Take that exit and ask for directions to Bowwies, a fishing and outdoors store which had a lot of waders still in stock when I was there (last last Saturday). My buddy and I picked up a pair for $50 each. Those are amazing for getting around cops, blockades, and walking around in waist high water. Get ones that come as high as possible. In certain neighborhoods, the water come up to the bottom of your chin.

Also, bring extra gas…you can never have enough extra gas.

You can file and get wireless internet on the steps infront of the Sheraton downtown. It is at the steps on 2nd set of door on the right if you are facing the building. This is where all the media is/was, a lot of security so you can leave your car there. I advice to make that your base with plenty of gas to power your car so you can power your laptop. Downtown NOs was pretty secure when I left (last Monday) so security is not a big issue now.

One last thing that should be obvious: The more press passes you have the less the police will hassle you.

good luck and don’t trip in the water ;)

by Mark Gong | 14 Sep 2005 22:09 (ed. Sep 14 2005) | Washington D.C., United States | | Report spam→
This note is a note of thanks to Jake. Actually a lot of people in N.O. owe Jake a thanks… In an earlier post (9.9.05) Jake mentioned he was off to find a compressor. Well as we all know by now flat tires were (is) a serious problem down in New Orleans. The one place that was open to fix flats was this old, picture perfect, old world garage, run by men whose histories ran along the lines on their faces. When we rolled up to get our flat fixed… Jake was there getting his tires fixed. And then the unmentionable happened before our eyes… The compressor to fill the tires with air went up in smoke and burned out. It was not a good feeling… The one sign of something good… Went out the door. I haven’t talked to mathematicians about the odds of finding another compressor in a major city that was 60-80% under water, with no electricity, suffering from catastrophic events (nature and man made)… But I assure you it was not good. Well, Jake seemed to pull off a miracle… The next day we had heard that Jake found a compressor. We went the next day to get a tire plugged and there was a new compressor on top of the truck chugging away… So Jake… Thanks. And when you get a chance… Tell us all how you found it.

by [former member] | 17 Sep 2005 08:09 (ed. Sep 17 2005) | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
readers of gary’s post may come to the unsavory conclusion that jake went off and looted a compressor. that’s what i thought, actually! i mean, looting for a good cause is totally OK in my moral universe, but some people might get the wrong idea?

so, jake in fact 100% legitimately found an old man, a manager of a hotel or something like that, who not only had a compressor but a pick-up truck, and drove with Jake back to the spot. Which, incidentally, is on the corner of ST. CLAUDE and LOUISA, for those of you needing a tire fixed.

i had two flat tires and they charged me all of $6.00 to fix each one. the big sign there says something like “no drugs, no fighting, no cat selling.”

now, it was told to me, but i challenge any of you out there (not from new orleans, that is) to guess what “cat selling” is!

by [former member] | 19 Sep 2005 05:09 | New York, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Alan, You are right there should be no insinuation that Jake looted a compressor. That’s why I wanted to leave it open for Jake to tell the story of how he “found” a compressor in such dire circumstances. We, as photojournalists, have all had to be crafty at different times to pull off what we do… This is just one of those stories that people should know about. It was brilliant. It was one small thing that helped a lot of people…
As for the sign “No Cat Selling”, I read it, and it stuck with me, so please share what it means because I never found out.

by [former member] | 19 Sep 2005 05:09 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
I have no idea what it means, but thanks for the address on the flax fix. I am going back home later this week to document and to hopefully recover all my negs, and I will also lug an extra spare and of course cans of Flat Fix that do work

My house was not flooded, but I needed a canoe to get around and the priority till Saturday was evacuating the elderly from the neighborhood. Also at that time the “streets” were still very tense as folks were getting desparate as the reality of the situation sunk in, so my perspective as a Mid-City survivor was quite different than what those press who orignally holed up in the Hyatt or Marriot were getting, which was the Superdome/Convention Center situation right outside their hotel room which turned out to be a remarkable confluence of events as the press were part of the story and could engage the government in dialog just as they were filming the victims. For example on Thursday after the storm when ABC was already reporting on the Superdome fiasco, the only local AM radio station out of Metarie was only Broussard’s (Parish President Aaron) diatribe about setting up forces at the Parish line to keep Orleans residents out of Metarie which I think you can see the racial implications rather obviously. At that time we had no idea what was going on on I-10 at all!

So we canoed two miles with a flotilla of elderly to drop them off in all places at the Convention Center!

No cat selling indeed.

by [former member] | 19 Sep 2005 06:09 (ed. Sep 19 2005) | new york, United States | | Report spam→

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