Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Remembering Hurricane Katrina and the Aftermath of Disaster

            Do you remember Hurricane Katrina? What was it? 

In 2005, one of the largest hurricanes ever recorded in the Gulf of Mexico was slated to hit New Orleans. But after it came ashore, at first, the news reports were that the area had not been hit as hard as they had feared. Then after 24 hours, there was a devastating development. 

The dams and levies that were supposed to protect the city of New Orleans and the surrounding parishes broke down and water poured into people’s homes and flooded the streets of the city. For days, there were heartbreaking scenes of people stranded on rooftops, and finally the National Guard was called in to organize a relief effort for those who had lost their homes.

After that, much has been done to help the people of the besieged region. Lessons were learned to help people during disasters and floods. 

How are they doing after Hurricane Katrina? Go online and look up Presbytery of South Louisiana. Find out what people did to help their neighbors. Like a Phoenix rising out of the ashes, some of the work that has been done in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina shows the power of prayer, the power of people and the resilience of a community coming together and working to heal and to rebuild.

What are some of the lessons learned from disasters such as Hurricane Katrina?

There is strength in unity. The power of people and the power of love in community and working together to heal have made all the difference for the hard hit areas of Hurricane Katrina.

 Do you know of a recent disaster such as a flood or other natural occurrence where you or your family have seen pictures of people  struggling to cope with problems such as loss of their home or injuries when a bad storm or tornado has occurred? 

What do you think you might be able to do to help? As an individual or as a family? Or perhaps through your church or school? 

Have you ever helped to organize an effort to help those in need?

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