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Today is the 14th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in New Orleans.. and the begining of my non- academic writing career. More on that in a moment, but I want to talk a bit about this because now more than ever, we need to pay attention to hurricanes.
This isn't the thread you might expect from me, but Katrina was a wake up call about the limited preparedness that cities have for this kind of catastrophe. Here are some statistics. nationalgeographic.com/environment/na…
Since then, we've seen climate change make weather conditions become more adverse. In the meantime, our infrastructure has not kept up with these changes, nor has it been updated. The gulf and Atlantic coastlines of America are eroding, and not much has been done to prepare.
And who can forget "Brownie's doing a heck of a job" and this travesty of a performance in front of St Louis Cathedral in New Orleans by then President Bush
Anyway, I was so moved by the devastation and worried about 9 family members we could not find for a week afterwards that I wrote my first oped, thanks to @dianewinston and @JeffSharlet in @the_revealer .
@dianewinston @JeffSharlet @the_revealer The original op-ed isn't online anymore,but you can find out what happened when it was posted here. therevealer.org/teaching-a-dis…
@dianewinston @JeffSharlet @the_revealer Remember those who died in Katrina and subsequent storms since, and to encourage those of you who write academically that this work of writing and encouraging preparation for natural weather disasters is VERY important. It's not a time to plan a party. I'm looking at you FLORIDA
@dianewinston @JeffSharlet @the_revealer Also, historians will tell you that the 1900 Galveston Storm, the 1927 Mississippi Flood, Carla, Katrina, Harvey, and many other storms change the environment and population in many ways. Pay attention. The other lesson....
@dianewinston @JeffSharlet @the_revealer Writing from your gut is never wrong. I was pissed, worried, and wanted to be in New Orleans. Three weeks after Katrina, I was there, and it was horrible still. I won't ever forget it. #fin
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