In an upcoming special episode, RVtoday will take an in-depth, first-hand look at the role of the recreational vehicle industry in relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The segment, slated to air on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) from Nov. 19-25, will follow producer and host Stew Oleson through the devastation in New Orleans while showcasing the extensive use of RVs by the government and private industries to house personnel and provide temporary offices.
In addition, RVtoday was invited by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in New Orleans to shoot footage of its Air Station. The segment spotlights “Camp Katrina,” a temporary compound of 60 RVs set up by the USCG to house its flight crews and base personnel whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the hurricanes.
“We thought it would make an interesting tie-in with the show,” said Tim Tobiasz, operations officer of USCG Air Station, New Orleans. “The RVs allow us to house two entire flight crews that stand ready to be deployed each night.”
RVtoday was also able to capture exclusive original footage of the Lower 9th Ward along with exclusive footage shot by the Coast Guard of rooftop rescues and the flooded city streets immediately after the levees were breached.
According to USCG Executive Officer Scott Kitchen, “RVtoday is the first to show the rescue video.”
“It was a wonderful opportunity and honor for RVtoday to have the chance to visit with the Coast Guard in New Orleans,” said Oleson. “The Coast Guard pilots and swimmers rescued more than 6,400 people during the hurricanes and truly were heroes in the ordeal. Featuring the exclusive rescue video, as well as footage of ‘Camp Katrina’ and the extensive use of RVs in New Orleans made it an unique destination for the show.”
RVtoday’s coverage of New Orleans will air on OLN beginning Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern) and the following Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. (Eastern).