Essays On Hurricane Katrina In New Orleans

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The initial response or lack thereof, to the widespread disaster in the Gulf Coast, caused by Hurricane Katrina, demonstrated high levels of incompetence and disorganization by government officials. Images of desperate individuals awaiting rescue on their rooftops, and masses of people packed together in deplorable conditions in the Super Dome, circulated the globe. There was no hiding from the painful reality and the obvious inaction or inability of those responsible to care for these individual in the wake of this catastrophe. (12, 791)
Although a considerable amount of the blame has been placed at the feet of FEMA, it should be understood that multiple factors contributed to the situation in New Orleans. Some sections of…show more content…

As a result, FEMA was unprepared for Hurricane Katrina. After a state of emergency was declared, FEMA should have responded by working in coordination with state and local authorities to prepare for this disaster, but they did not. Nobody at FEMA or the DOD ordered essential supplies, such as food, water and medical supplies, to be deployed to the area. (3, 528)
Disasters are, by their very definition, rare events that overwhelm the capacity of normal public organizations. (1, 28) The relationship between the cities and county government was considered to be poor prior to the storm, so too was the relationship between the county and the state. It is believed that these poor relations contributed to the poor response and recovery efforts. (1, 15)
Many of the obstacles and complications encountered during Hurricane Katrina may have been avoided if the training exercise labeled “Hurricane Pam” would have been completed in 2004. The fictional exercise was five-days long, and was intended to help prepare New Orleans for a category 4 hurricane. Over 50 officials from parish, state, volunteer, and federal organizations participated, unfortunately FEMA caused an early termination of this event by pulling its funding. Consequently, the communications, evacuation, transportation, and medical care issues were never properly addressed. The

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Nine years, 11 months and 20 days ago, my life changed forever. That is true of most people living in and around New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina came ashore.

And we all have stories to tell.

Katrina Portraits: Then & Now

A 9-part series revisiting the subjects of iconic Hurricane Katrina news photographs.

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Sometimes, it's hard to believe that Katrina ever happened. I can go weeks without seeing a remnant. Sometimes when I am asked to talk about it, I feel like I'm telling someone else's story. Did this really happen?

That's why I believe photojournalism is so important.

When my memory fades, when my details blur, I look at the evidence: the photographs. The details are as sharp today as they were in life.

And so I remember.

This photographic project is my way of trying to understand how Katrina changed me, how it changed us.

I tried to find people who were photographed by The Times-Picayune photo staff during the storm or shortly after. Of those I found, and who agreed to talk with me, I asked how Katrina changed them. And I listened.

This collection of stories -- to be published every weekday from today (Aug. 18) through Aug. 28 -- bears witness to heroism, innocence, determination, perseverance, remorse, joy, regret, loss, honor, defeat, rebirth, loneliness, grief, glory and triumph.

They represent a cross section of our endurance, the backbone of our new identity and a witness of perseverance.

We are still here, and we should wear Katrina like a badge of honor.

We are the flooded and those who remained dry. We returned to rebuild in place or we found a new place to call home. We are rescuers and the rescued. The lost and the saved.

Together, we are survivors.

Together, we are New Orleans.

See the first Katrina Then & Now portrait: Lakeview rescuer haunted by the one he couldn't save.


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