On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast of the United States, displacing thousands of residents and causing billions of dollars in damage. Less than a month later Hurricane Rita caused further damage when it made landfall in Texas and Louisiana.
Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, LA., 9/18/2005-- Damage to homes and property in Lower 9th Ward due to Hurricane Katrina. Andrea Booher/FEMA, 09/18/2005
Pictures from these storms and others are captured in over 8,000 photographs from the series “Photographs Relating to Disasters and Emergency Management Programs, Activities, and Officials, 1998-9/30/2008.” These photographs from the Public Affairs Division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency are now available online.
D'Iberville, Miss., October 2, 2005 -- A tent city resident displaced by Hurricane Katrina makes her own fun with a hula hoop. Hurricane Katrina destroyed playgrounds all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Mark Gleokler/FEMA, 08/21/2006
To search the photographs, go to NARA’s Online Public Access search at
You may browse the photographs by clicking the link that reads “View all Online Holdings” in the top right corner of the search results. To refine your search, add key words to the search box at the top of the page.
When you find a photograph that you would like to see, click the thumbnail image to view the full sized image and description.
Hurricane Rita Cameron, LA, 11-19-05 -- Hurricane Rita moved these ships many miles from their port and left them grounded. The U.S. Coast Guard is removing commercial ship's from land with FEMA's help if the owners are unable to do so. MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo, 11/19/2005