Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Of Resilience 15 Years Later

Fifteen years ago this weekend, Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast, causing a wake of destruction in its path from Florida to Texas and extensively in Louisiana. The storm became one of the deadliest and costliest in U.S history. Over 1,800 people died as a result and property damages were estimated at more than $108 billion. Much of New Orleans and parts of Louisiana were under floodwaters for weeks after.

Today, in the midst of a global health pandemic, it is important to reflect on the valuable lessons learned from this cataclysmic event that are still being felt today—both the complexities of recovery and the resilience of community.

The account below was written by Elliot Ackerman in Time Magazine and has been adapted:

As a Marine, I participated in the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and witnessed firsthand the importance of strong communities, the limits of a federal response and the consequences when a community falters.

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