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Second Line Rescue: Improvised Responses to Katrina and Rita

Barry Jean Ancelet, Marcia Gaudet, and Carl Lindahl


This book chronicles the brave and creative acts through which Gulf Coast people rescued their neighbors during the chaotic aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Ordinary citizens joined in with whatever resources they had. Unlike many of the official responders, vernacular rescuers found ways around paralysis produced by a breakdown in communications and infrastructure, and were able to dispel unfounded fears produced by erroneous or questionable reporting. The essays, personal narratives, media reports, and field studies presented here all have to do with effective and often ingenious an ... More

Keywords: Gulf Coast, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, hurricane survivors, New Orleans, survival skills, vernacular rescuers, breakdown in communications, government response, sensationalized media coverage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617037962
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037962.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barry Jean Ancelet, editor

Marcia Gaudet, editor

Carl Lindahl, editor

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Part 1 Vernacular Responders

Storm Stories

Barry Jean Ancelet

My Hurricane Story

Robert LeBlanc

Dear Lynda

François Ancelet

An Interview with Glen Miguez

Glen Miguez, and Barry Jean Ancelet

Hurricane Gumbo

Mike Davis, and Anthony Fontenot

Government Gives Tradition the Go-Ahead

Jocelyn H. Donlon, and Jon G. Donlon

Images from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Dave Spizale, Barry Jean Ancelet, Mary Perrin, Sharon Suire, and Rebecca Broussard

Part 2 Vernacular Self-Rescue

Transforming Endurance

Carl Lindahl

Survivor to Survivor

Carl Lindahl

A New Orleans Life

Shari L. Smothers

Bridges of Katrina

Nicole Eugene

Josef Brown

Josef Brown

Chantell Jones

Chantell Jones

Angela Trahan

Angela Trahan

Sidney Harris

Sidney Harris

Vincent Trotter

Vincent Trotter

Glenda Jones Stevenson Harris

Glenda Jones Stevenson Harris

Charles A. Darensbourg

Charles A. Darensbourg


Carl Lindahl