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Essays On Hurricane Kartina

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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Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Katrina has been one the most devastating natural disasters to hit USA ever costing a total of 125 billion dollars, and leaving almost 1000 dead. We need to look at ways of preventing such a disaster. As this is the only problem, we can predict and perceive how dangerous a hurricane can be but preventing one is a different matter entirely.

The U.S. National Hurricane Centre (NHC) reported on August 23 that Tropical Depression Twelve had formed over the south-eastern Bahamas this was soon to be named hurricane Katrina, it was upgraded to a hurricane on the 25th of august, it hit land the same day lousing its strength while…show more content…

It is clear there is no problem with perception or prediction as the meteorologist new about the possible chance of a hurricane almost a week before it hit land, although it is difficult to understand how much a storm can grow it is possible somewhat.

It is clear what the US needs to do in future to prevent damage and loss of life due to hurricanes; they need to concentrate on prevention. It is not possible to stop a hurricane but there are measures that can be taken to reduce damage and increase services so inhabitants can escape the impending danger of natural disasters. Disaster prevention includes modifying your home to strengthen it against storms so that you can be as safe as possible. It also includes having the supplies on hand to weather the storm.

“During a hurricane, homes may be damaged or destroyed by high winds and high waves. Debris can break windows and doors, allowing high winds inside

The home. In extreme storms, such as Hurricane Andrew, the force of the wind alone can cause weak places in your home to fail. “– Against the wind hurricane information booklet

Three places in your home that are usually damaged by hurricanes are the roof, windows, doors, and there are things that can be done to strengthen these areas to minimise damage. Firstly investing in a stronger roof by placing more beams and

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