As the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, it is natural to reflect on how far we have come personally and as a community. Sharing our loss, our common experiences, and our recovery is all a part of the healing. Here are some of my favorite websites which feature the best of Hurricane Katrina images, stories, and facts.
1. http://operationeden.blogspot.com/ “A personal chronicle of what Hurricane Katrina has done to my poor proud people.”
This is a personal blog of Clayton James Cubitt, an incredibly talented photographer with an amazing online portfolio. The gallery of images is amazing, as are the public service photo images within the blog. Very moving words and images from someone whose family survived the storm. Although the blog has not been updated since the fourth anniversary, it’s a must see for the beautiful images of the faces and people of Hurricane Katrina. Cubitt focuses on the people and their pain.
2. http://www.katrinadestruction.com/ “Photo essays of America’s Greatest Heartbreak.”
I absolutely love the photographs found on this site. From the destruction, the survivors, the flood waters, to the rebuilding and the FEMA trailers, this site offers images of almost every imaginable scenario. It includes photos taken from Homeland Security personnel and active duty Army personnel while serving in the area, as well as signs left on roofs, houses and for looters.
3. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/0914_050914_katrina_timeline.html “The Essential Timeline.” Beginning at 5 pm on Tuesday, August 23, 2005, this timeline goes through the growth of Hurricane Katrina, landfall, the break of the levees in New Orleans, Mayor Nagin’s “SOS”, and the arrival of the National Guard in New Orleans, on September 2, 2005. It also includes quotes and local details from throughout each day as the storm and tragedy unfolded across Louisiana and Mississippi.
Finally, I would encourage all who haven’t read it, to read Chris Rose’s 1 Dead in the Attic. It is a compilation of his essays that have appeared in the Times Picayune, like the one here, “Hell and Back”, http://www.nola.com/rose/index.ssf/2006/10/hell_and_back.html. His ability to capture the experience of New Orleans, the loss and the pain, the community after Hurricane Katrina, was truly part of my healing.