Days following storm No electricity, water in entire city No local radio/TV broadcasts No cell phone service anywhere w/504 AC Agents scattered Baton Rouge business explosion Great uncertainty as to timeline for return
Steps taken Emergency Yahoo.com email address posted to web Web was initially primary communications source Assembled roster/contacts/message board Baton Rouge office became new communications center once power restored -added desks/wireless internet – email server reset to B.R. in 48 hrs. B.R. became home for next two months Monitored New Orleans situation-arranged trip back in
Storm Aftermath Three of our branch residential offices destroyed Several staff and agents didn’t return Latter & Blum returned to metro New Orleans Oct. 17 Returned to our downtown offices Jan. 9. Moved again in March of the following year to our current building
New Orleans Today 76.4 % of pre-Katrina residences actively receiving mail in Orleans Parish, a 4.3 % increase from last August. 89.6 % of pre-Katrina residences actively receiving mail in the metro area, a 4.3 % point increase from last August. The New Orleans metro area lost only 0.9 % of total jobs since last June compared to a 4.1 % loss for the nation. Compared to the 100 largest metros, New Orleans had the sixth lowest unemployment rate in the first quarter of 2009.
Still many questions regarding new flood maps, levee repairs, rebuilding plans Floodgates have been built at three canals