The failure of the strongest government in the world was of historic proportions. But faith and interfaith communities made history. They were the first responders, if not the only help, for most people over the course of several weeks. After 10 years, their work with survivors continues.
What you probably won't hear about very much in the coverage looking back at Katrina is the enormous impact this disaster had on people with disabilities. They, too, were disproportionately affected, but just not because of Mother Nature.
My fellow animal rescuers and I had been deeply affected and forever changed by our time in New Orleans. Each of us has the responsibility and the power to create a society that values all life, and we can start by doing the least harm in the ways we choose to live our daily lives.
The following is excerpted from my book: Rescue Warriors - The U.S. Coast Guard America's Forgotten Heroes (now in paperback). Friday, August 26, 20...
Chris Tusa was born and raised in New Orleans. He watched in disbelief as the Hurricane ravaged his hometown. The 2005 disaster, weighed heavy on his heart and mind, and he began working on a novel in pursuit of capturing the emotional and physical distress inflicted by Hurricane Katrina.
Over a million people have a Katrina story to tell and we're dedicating this week to exploring those stories. And while many narratives include sorrow, we will not fetishize suffering. Instead, we'll provide context, tell the truth and celebrate the resiliency of New Orleans and her people.
One of the lessons of Katrina is that private companies have an important role to play in filling the gaps between the public sector and NGOs when it comes to disaster relief, and no company is too small to be a part of the solution..
But despite the storm's destruction, and the ongoing problems with disaster recovery in America -- New Orleans' story is hardly all doom and gloom. In the years since Katrina, New Orleans has given many the opportunity to become our very best selves.
Ten years after Katrina, the tension between reforming the city into something better still clashes with the powerful and innate human desire to return to the familiar, to reclaim what was lost, especially after the trauma of the worst disaster in U.S. history.
On the eve of the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and as direct participants in its aftermath and recovery, it's important to look back and chronicle the lessons the country has learned -- and how much it has yet to understand about how to recover from such disasters.
I can't believe it's been ten years since Hurricane Katrina touched down in New Orleans. I know my story is nowhere near as tragic as others have been. No matter where my journey takes me, I'll always be a native New Orleanian.
Poverty numbers have steadily risen for during the decade after Katrina. There's been no sign of a turnaround. For that to happen, there would have to be a massive commitment of funds to job training and education programs and greater tax incentives for businesses to hire the poor.
The first time the public was asked about their willingness to pay to rebuild after a disaster was following the flooding caused by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The country was nearly evenly divided on whether federal funds should be banned from being used.
With the tsunami of media leading into the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday, it seems impossible that an author could come up with a new, insightful and passionate history of the 10 years after the hurricane that is not a rehash of something that has been already said.
Katrina pushed us to consider new ways of reaching hard-to-reach populations; now, the challenge is to keep that momentum going, so that the lapses in our initial response to Katrina are never repeated.
Just days into the crisis, the American public realized that the human and animal tragedies were bound together, and they were rooting for all to survive and get back on their feet.