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Re: Hurricane Katrina
« Reply #195 on: September 16, 2005, 06:57:39 PM »
I know I haven't posted in ages, but wanted to say, on behalf of all on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, thanks for all your support.  You can't imagine how much support means right now.  Everything from prayers to donations is very much appreciated!

GD Ella, glad to hear you made it through.  I spent the storm up at a friend's house (who was 8 months pregnant) on the Gpt/Lyman boarder.  Her hubby and I kept wondering how the heck to get her to Keesler is she went into pre-term labor.  As is she didn't, thank God!  Hope I never have to go through that again.  And I hope the next time I see Hwy 90 it's in better shape than it is now.  I made the mistake of going down and walking around the day after.  It was so horrible I couldn't even cry, although I wanted to.  But things are getting better -- electricity, water (boil-only), and gas are all back.  And the restaurants are opening back up.  Come back for a vist in a few years, and although it won't be the Coast we once knew, I bet it will be back with a vengence.

Thanks again for the support everyone!


Glad to hear you're all right as well Alexa--and your friend. Thank God nothing happened because as far as I know Keesler was shut down effective Sun night. The gates were locked and the guards in shelters. The hospital had a skeleton staff and some women far along were medivac-ed out.

If you could PM me, I'd love to hear about how Biloxi is faring. We had to leave in such a rush and I keep wondering about the state of things down there.

MS has handled their massive destruction so much better than La IMO. The fact that given all that havoc that electricity is on in so many places--and in some areas within a week--is remarkable. With so much attention on how the La government mishandled the situation, I have to commend the MS Governor and local and state officials.

Regarding pets, I've mentioned it before but Keesler had a  pet provision in their sheltering/evacuation plans. People cannot bring pets into shelters--unfortunately that's just common sense given the sanitation issues. Keesler had a separate pet shelter, 'Pet Haven', and it was a godsend for people on the base who had pets.
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Re: Hurricane Katrina
« Reply #196 on: March 10, 2006, 04:56:11 PM »
There is something that has been praying on me for a long time and the recent 6 mo anniversary just clinched it. As my signature shows, I am really tired of the consistent overlooking of the devastation to Mississippi (and also the other areas of Louisiana) in favor of the constant coverage of New Orleans. Don't get me wrong--they suffered no doubt about it and I grieved along with everyone else. Nonetheless, as I watched the recent coverage they talked about every single angle they could squeeze out of New Orleans and there was almost nothing--nothing!--about the devastation on the Gulf Coast. It's almost because our governor and mayors actually did their job and made sure the cities were evacuated and those left behind had proper shelter, we're not treated like there was any suffering. I can tell you--there was.

Roughly 85% of the homes and businesses in Pass Christian, for instance, were destroyed. How do you start to rebuild from there? They have almost no tax base to garner revenue. That's just one example. People are still living in tents--not FEMA trailers--tents. There was 11 times the amount of property damage to Mississippi as to New Orleans.

I found this article in the Biloxi Sun Herald that sums it up:


As Aug. 29 recedes into the conscious time of many Americans, the great storm that devastated 70 miles of Mississippi's Coast, destroying the homes and lives of hundreds of thousands, fades into a black hole of media obscurity.

Never mind that, if taken alone, the destruction in Mississippi would represent the single greatest natural disaster in 229 years of American history. The telling of Katrina by national media has created the illusion of the hurricane's impact on our Coast as something of a footnote.

The awful tragedy that befell New Orleans as a consequence of levee failures at the time of Katrina, likewise, taken by itself, also represents a monumental natural disaster. But, of course, the devastation there, and here, were not separate events, but one, wrought by the Aug. 29 storm.

There is no question that the New Orleans story, like ours, is a compelling, ongoing saga as its brave people seek to reclaim those parts of the city lost to the floods.
But it becomes more and more obvious that to national media, New Orleans is THE story - to the extent that if the Mississippi Coast is mentioned at all it is often in an add-on paragraph that mentions "and the Gulf Coast" or "and Mississippi and Alabama."

The television trucks and satellite dishes that were seen here in the early days have all but disappeared.
While there has been no study to quantify the amount of coverage accorded to the plight of so many here or in New Orleans, it is obvious to any observer that the number of news stories on New Orleans is many times that of those focused on Mississippi.

So, why does that matter?

It matters first as it relates to journalism's obligations to cover human beings whose conditions are as dire as those that exist here.

The depth of the suffering and the height of the courage of South Mississippians is an incredible story that the American people must know. But, in the shadows of the New Orleans story, the Mississippi Coast has become invisible and forgotten to most Americans.

Could it be possible that the ongoing story of an Alabama teenager missing in Aruba has received more coverage on some cable networks than all of the incredibly compelling stories of courage, loss and need of untold thousands of Mississippians? Maybe a lot more coverage?

The second reason that the coverage matters is in the realm of politics. If the American people and their elected representatives do not truly know the scope of the destruction here, and if they are not shown the ongoing conditions afflicting so many, then there are consequences which are playing out even this week in Washington, where Congress will act, or not act, to relieve the incredible pain that has reduced the condition of so many American citizens to Third World status or worse.

If the people do not know, they cannot care.
We believe if they are shown the extent of the devastation and the suffering, they and their representatives will respond.

So the coverage matters. A lot.

The problem, to some extent, is that you have to be here and see it for yourself to comprehend the utter destruction that is so much like Berlin or Tokyo after World War II.

We would like to invite our news colleagues from across the nation to come and view the Coast with us. It is impossible to comprehend this disaster from afar. A television can display only a single screen of the damage. When you have driven mile after mind-numbing mile and viewed the complete nothingness where cities and homes and businesses once stood, only then will you begin to understand what has happened here.

Then you will begin to wonder, where are all the people who used to live on this beautiful shore? What has happened to their families and all of those shattered lives? That is when you will understand that the story of Katrina in South Mississippi isn't over, it has only begun.
On the third day after Katrina crushed us, this newspaper appealed to America: "Help us now," the headline implored. America answered with an outpouring of love and help. That response saved us then.

Our plea to newspapers and television and radio and Web sites across the land is no less important today: Please, tell our story. Hear the voice of our people and tell it far and wide.

We are here. Do not forsake us.

We are no footnote.

And one more thing...

Thank you. To every out-of-state volunteer, to every friend and family member who has sent supplies or prayers, we sincerely thank you.

And we ask that you do one more thing: Call your senators and your congressional representative and ask them to support additional aid for South Mississippi's recovery.

We couldn't have gotten off our knees without you. But we can't get back on our feet without federal help.

Katrina's toll in Mississippi

$125 billion    Estimated dollar amount of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina

231   Identified dead statewide

5   Unidentified dead

67   Missing

65,380   Houses in South Mississippi destroyed

383,700   Mississippi insurance claims filed (Katrina and Rita)

$5 billion   Claims paid (as of Nov. 21)

141,000   Insurance claims filed in South Mississippi

$1.3 billion   Claims paid in South Mississippi

44 million   Estimated cubic yards of debris in South Mississippi

21.8 million   Cubic yards removed as of Dec. 5

20,447   Red Cross staff and volunteers in Mississippi

5,543,006   Red Cross meals served

42,768   People sheltered by Red Cross

229   Red Cross shelters opened

$185 million   Red Cross money spent in South Mississippi as of Nov. 30 "

A huge THANK YOU to the thousands of volunteers who recently poured in for Clean Up America and removed tons of debris from the Coast and for the thousands more expected in the next few months.
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Hurricanes Gustav and Katrina
« Reply #197 on: August 31, 2008, 02:39:08 AM »
The McCain - Palin ticket weatherwise...Devastating.

Whomever is in the area,get your butt out of there in time,and get shelter!!
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