Whether you were directly or indirectly affected by Hurricane Katrina, you most likely remember the week of August 23 – August 31, 2005.
America and the world watched in horror as people clung to their rooftops waiting for help, and others frantically waded through flood waters in search of missing loved ones and higher ground. Levee systems failed in a favorite city, New Orleans, which quickly succumbed to the Category 3 storm. The Superdome, overflowing with hurricane evacuees, served as what some later called “the shelter of last resort.”
In the end, Katrina claimed the lives of 1,833 victims and caused upwards of $108 billion in damage, to become the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.
The storm was more than a natural disaster. It was a real worst-case scenario in every respect – something far greater than anyone could have ever imagined. And, it played out on TV, radio and online media for everyone to see and scrutinize.
Thankfully, there was a positive side to all the media attention, as it clearly raised awareness of the situation, and stirred people from around the globe to help however they could. Food, water and other essentials poured in, and volunteers worked tirelessly from daylight to dark to assist those in need.
At Send Word Now, we are honored to have played a small part in the response and recovery process nine years ago. This week, we remember not just the incredible devastation from Hurricane Katrina, but the amazing fortitude of the people whose lives were forever changed by the force of Mother Nature.