Yearly Archives: 2005

Katrina Aftermath Day 63 – Life in Chaos

Satellite Photo - Hurricane Katrina

Satellite Photo – Hurricane Katrina

Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Daily Kos as Katrina Aftermath Day 63: Life in Chaos on Oct 31, 2005.

My wife and I have been busy these past few weeks trying to close in our house with insulation, drywall, and new windows before cold weather sets in. I realize for most people reading this, 60 degree weather doesn’t seem very cold, but down here on the coast it does mean winter. Warm weather is the trade-off we have for putting up with hurricanes – which until two months ago seemed like a decent trade. Continue reading

Katrina Report – Democrats Screw Up Again

Satellite Photo - Hurricane Katrina

Satellite Photo – Hurricane Katrina

Editor’s Note: This diary was first posted on Daily Kos as Katrina Report: Democrats Screw Up Again on Thursday Oct 06, 2005. I consider this both a Katrina diary, and a political-oriented rant against the Democratic Party. In reviewing this diary, I think it again gives a good idea of the conditions here on the coast, and reflects the already tempid interest the rest of the US was showing towards Katrina recovery – as in, not much.

One on-going commentary I read is that the Democratic Party never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Well, with the on-going cleanup and relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina, I see the Democratic party missing an opportunity. Continue reading

Katrina’s Financial Impact

Satellite Photo - Hurricane Katrina

Satellite Photo – Hurricane Katrina

Editor’s Note: This was cross-published at Daily Kos as Katrina Financial Impact on Friday Sep 30, 2005. This was a combination of research on published news sources and my own first-hand research.

I’m picking up some rather interesting feelers concerning the pending economic impact from hurricane Katrina. None of my feelers is good news for the Gulf Coast, and I do believe there will be a negative national impact, despite what bu$hco is claiming. Continue reading

Life after Katrina… Day 26

Satellite Photo - Hurricane Katrina

Satellite Photo – Hurricane Katrina

Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted on Daily Kos as Life after Katrina… Day 26 on Saturday, September 24, 2005. I am attempting to describe my impressions and feelings in this post about the first month of recovery and reconstruction after hurricane Katrina. I have reposted it here as originally written.

It’s been 26 days since Katrina blew through the Gulf Coast and the patterns of life here have changed. Physically; the difference can be seen in the ever-present mountains of debris, shattered buildings, Military vehicles and service people everywhere one looks. But there is also a different feel in the air from the way people move and talk; the things that we consider important now and the things that demand our time. Continue reading

Katrina Aftermath Report – Commentary on Disaster Relief

Satellite Photo - Hurricane Katrina

Satellite Photo – Hurricane Katrina

Editor’s Note: This is a commentary on my impressions of initial relief efforts and response by FEMA, the Red Cross, and National Guard. I wrote it about Saturday, September 17, 2005, but did not publish it at the time. It appears here on-line for the first time.

Some commentary on the response time by emergency crews after the storm passed. Continue reading

Katrina Aftermath from the Front Lines – How To Help

Satellite Photo - Hurricane Katrina

Satellite Photo – Hurricane Katrina

Editor’s Note: This diary was first published on Daily Kos as Katrina Aftermath from the Front Lines – How To Help on Thursday, Sep 22, 2005, in response to the many Dkossians asking how they could help and what was needed down here. I am republishing it here as I think it gives some great insight as to the conditions here at that point in time.

I have online access again today, so I can catch up on real news and do some posts! Many people have asked how to help (in comments to my previous posts) I have spent some of my time these past few days researching relief efforts here. Continue reading

Katrina Aftermath Report – Why I Stayed

Satellite Photo - Hurricane Katrina

Satellite Photo – Hurricane Katrina

Editors Note: An earlier version of this article was also published on my DailyKos diary at Katrina Aftermath from the Front Lines, Part III about three weeks after the storm. This article has been expanded slightly for archiving on this family website

I want to address the issue of why people (why I) did not evacuate prior to the storm. Continue reading

Storm Day…Hurricane Katrina Report Part III – B

Satellite Photo - Hurricane Katrina

Satellite Photo – Hurricane Katrina

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally posted on the DailyKos website at Katrina Aftermath from the Front Lines, Part II about three weeks after the storm. It also made the “Recommended List.” I have expanded this article with anecdotes and impressions of what occurred the first week after the storm, looking back for a greater distance now. Due to the extra content I have broken the story up into two parts.

This is part II Continue reading

Storm Day…Hurricane Katrina Report Part III – A

Satellite Image of Huricane Katrina

Satellite Image of Hurricane Katrina

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally posted on the DailyKos website at Katrina Aftermath from the Front Lines, Part II about three weeks after the storm. It also made the “Recommended List.” I have expanded this article with anecdotes and impressions of what occurred the first week after the storm, looking back for a greater distance now. Due to the extra content I have broken the story up into two parts.

This is part I Continue reading

Storm Day…Hurricane Katrina Report Part II

Satellite Photo - Hurricane Katrina

Satellite Photo – Hurricane Katrina

Editors Note: This article was originally posted on the Daily Kos website as Katrina Aftermath Report from the Front Lines… . It was the first post I wrote following the storm, three weeks after as that was the first time I had Internet access (it was on my first day back to work). The article made the Daily Kos “Recommended” list for a full day, the longest time any of my diaries stayed up. It was also listed in the Daily Kos archives as original Katrina content.

I am reposting the diary with some minor edits and additional narrative, as I think it stands on it’s own as written for an archival story.

Although Hurricane Katrina was almost three weeks ago, it is not old news for those of us living here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This is the first time I have had enough online time to actually post a diary since the storm passed through. Here is my diary account of hurricane Katrina as seen from Gautier, Mississippi, August 28/29, 2005. Continue reading