The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Memorial Website

In late August 2005, the worst natural disaster in the history of the U.S. caused unbelievable destruction to our beloved city, its people and institutions, including Tulane University. However, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina did not destroy us because of the courage and sheer determination of so many who would not accept defeat no matter what obstacles or challenges stood in the way.

This website has been created to serve as a living journal for those who survived, and as a memorial to the places, family and friends we have lost.

What happened at Tulane University?

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005 was move-in day for Tulane students. In a matter of hours, students and parents went from unpacking boxes in residence halls to hurriedly evacuating the city. By Sunday, every Tulane student was evacuated -- with approximately 400 students bused to Jackson State University along with the "away" Tulane emergency team. Only President Cowen and a handful of essential personnel remained on campus in New Orleans. Follow their story here

Share Your Story

Share your experience in our "Katrina Stories" forum. Read about those of your fellow Tulanians.

The Tulane Community Mourns

When the levees gave way in New Orleans, thousands of people lost their loved ones, pets and homes. Friends we have lost

Memorial Programs

Jan. 16, 2006 - Candlelight Vigil

Jan. 20, 2006 - Memorial for Dr. Karlem Riess

Jan. 22, 2006 - Memorial for Professor David Gelfand


Links to Katrina-related websites

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Levees in New Orleans gave way in the days after Hurricane Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005, flooding the city. The Reily Recreation Center on the uptown campus is pictured above.

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