KATRINA NATIONAL MUSEUM FOUNDER
Rodney Omar Casimire is the founder of the Katrina National Memorial Charitable Foundation. The Katrina National Memorial Museum project is the result of Mr. Casimire’s vision to create an international destination that will honor those lives that were lost as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
The museum is designed to make use of state-of-the-art technology in its construction and operation while employing renewable energy systems utilizing wind, solar, hydro and geothermal technologies.
Mr. Casimire is a native of New Orleans and has spent a great part of his life on community efforts enhancing local culture via the arts, and his tenure as a highly skilled craftsman in working trades here in New Orleans, Chicago, and New York.
“The museum will be home to programs in the arts, history, and culture of New Orleans as well as research and information on weather-related disaster and prevention.”
– R. Omar Casimire
KATRINA NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOUNDATION (501c3)
KATRINA NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOUNDATION MISSION STATEMENT
ADVANCING THE STRATEGIC PLAN OF THE KNMF MUSEUM. OUR MISSION IS TO BUILD A NATIONAL MUSEUM IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA TO PROVIDE A PLACE TO HONOR THOSE WHO PERISHED IN HURRICANE KATRINA, REMEMBER AND LEARN FROM THE CATASTROPHE, AND CELEBRATE THE STRENGTH OF THE SURVIVORS AND THOSE WHO CAME TO HELP REBUILD.
OUR VISION IS TO CONSTRUCT THE FIRST LEED CERTIFIED PLATINUM MUSEUM OF ITS KIND IN AMERICA. OURSTRATEGIC PLAN INCLUDES GOALS TO CREATE MUSEUM EXHIBITS THAT ENHANCE THE EDUCATIONAL AND HISTORICAL AWARENESS OF VISITORS ONSITE, PARTICPANTS AT TRAVELING EXHIBITS, AND SURFERS ON THE INTERNET. EACH PART OF THIS PROJECT CREATES A SAMPLING FROM THREE LARGER STRATEGIC GOALS.
I Part 1: Natural Disaster Preparedness Education — Creating one version of each type of lesson plan
A. Historical Insight Strategic Goal: This entails highlighting Katrina and identifying other disasters around the nation — giving information to students in New Orleans and collecting disaster testimonials from the general public around the nation.
B. Status Quo Resources Strategic Goal: This entails compiling information including up-to-date how-to guidelines for persons living in hurricane zones — giving information to the general public and collecting information from government agencies.
C. University Evacuation Network Strategic Goal: This entails organizing a national network to connect through the KNMF Museum — giving seminars to administrators at New Orleans universities and collecting evacuation plans from universities around the country.
Our organization was started Ten years ago immediately after Hurricane Katrina, with the idea of creating a Museum that will commemorate the lost lives due to the aftermath devastation from Hurricane Katrina.
We have developed relationships and obtained across the board support for our concept. In creating this international destination we will establish educational programs, apprenticeship prospects, and mentoring opportunities for youth of New Orleans within the building and landscapes trades.
Cutting-edge green-technologies will be utilized in the construction of our facility. “Our outreach efforts will extend across the local region to all economic and social levels; however, the design features along with museum culture attributes will establish our facility as an international destination with a draw of individuals from all over the world.
Our Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer professionals that have a genuine interest in assuring that the goals of the organization are realized and have expertise in non-profit community activities. The organization has experienced an enormous amount of interest and support from community individuals.
R. Omar Casimire: Chairman/CEO
Dr. Athema Louise Casimire-Etzioni: Vice Chairman
Jody Richardson-McAfee CNHP: Secretary/Treasurer
Donna Pilot-Miller: B Arch,MCE
Al “Carnival Time” Johnson
Harold Battiste, Jr.
Katrina National Memorial Museum
The Katrina National Memorial Museum will be built in New Orleans, Louisiana to honor the victims resulting from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. This Project is two-fold in its mission: (1) Honor the lives lost and (2) create an exhibition facility, . The museum will function as an education endeavor to teach local residents and students about the catastrophic elements that can be caused by major hurricanes.
It will also serve as an additional tourist component that can be informative to visitors of the city and allow a better understanding of some of the water related challenges this region is confronted with. Ongoing educational programs will offer opportunities for the local and surrounding school districts to participate; and educate students about hurricane related weather and how, as a region we might manage huge influx of water more strategically.
Our Katrina National Memorial Museum will be constructed with state-of-the-art technology “green building design” and utilize that aspect of the facility as a learning tool, demonstrating the benefits of “green and sustainable” building implementation as a positive impact on the environment.
The design includes a six story LEED Platinum certified building; site location is under consideration and involves a number of sites within and nearby the downtown district.
The Katrina National Memorial Museum is designed to contain multiple areas within the site and will function as an ongoing educational center, social culture development via the Arts, mentoring and apprenticeships programs in Arts Education, Meteorology, and Green-Building design/construction.
Designated portions will be designed as public spaces with an art gallery, food court, auditorium, and space for private rental use. Potential tenant consideration with an entity involved in Oceanographic activity is our priority choice for tenancy. Such a tenant would occupy the top floors with exhibits and relative data that would be of educational interest to visitors of the Museum.
At its completion this facility has the potential to become an International Destination benefiting all those who have the opportunity to visit the exhibits and elect to participate in one of the many educational programs.
This project has the framework that position’s it as a beacon of New Orleans and far reaching through the South Eastern hurricane-prone region of the country.