Five Years Later, What Have We Learned From Katrina?

Tuesday, August 23, 2005.  A hurricane is forming over the Bahamas.  In less than a week, it will make landfall in Southeastern Louisiana as a Category 3 storm, and a tragic and maddening path of destruction will follow, killing two-thousand and displacing a quarter-million.

Monday, August 23, 2010.  Nearly five years after the destruction of Katrina, thousand of displaced residents still reside in trailers.  New Orleans is a shell of what it once was, but it’s on the way back.  What have we learned?

Can we ever trust those in power to help us when we need them the most?

Can we depend upon each other in times of crisis?

How would you react if this happened to you?

I won’t pretend that I have the answers.  But I hope the worst situations bring out the best in us.  It is not how we act in the best of times that defines us, but how we act in the worst.

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