Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - Aug. 30, 2007)
Anniversary of Katrina
This week marks two years since the most costly and one of the deadliest natural
disasters struck the United States, Hurricane Katrina.
|Photo courtesy of NOAA
|Hurricane Katrina: August 29,
2005 13:09:40, Latitude: 31.05, Longitude: -89.65: Observation
Device: GOES-12 1 km visible imagery
On August 25-31, 2005, Hurricane Katrina created a path of destruction across
southern Florida and caused widespread, massive devastation along the central Gulf
Coast and into parts of southeast Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
NOAAs National Climatic Data Center reports: Damage to home and
businesses in both Louisiana and Mississippi was catastrophic. The current estimate
for overall damages and costs is approximately $125 billion, based on various
figures including over $100 billion in U.S. Government expenditures and estimate
from Munich Re. The death toll is now estimated as 1833, with several hundred
people still listed as missing. Katrina was the third deadliest hurricane since
1900, being topped only by the Galveston hurricane of 1900 (at least 8000 deaths)
and Lake Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928 (over 2500 deaths).
Hurricane Katrina had sustained winds during landfall of 125 mph (110 kts) (a
strong category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale) and minimum central
pressure the third lowest on record at landfall (920 mb) but the most devastating
impact of this storm was caused by rising water surges of 22 24 feet and
resulting massive flooding.
Hurricane Katrina is a spectacular, visual manifestation of the unpredictable,
violent forces of nature. Florida residents can never be too serious when it
concerns making preparations for hurricane season.
Residents cant expect and rely upon first responders to be able to reach
them. Katrina taught us that we must be prepared to survive completely on our own
in a situation if we become isolated. Theoretically there are maps, and
calculations, plans and tactical response teams trained and ready for action, but
in reality there is no way of pin-point predicting the actual outcomes if, in fact,
Tampa Bay were to take a direct hit such as Katrina took on the Central Gulf
NOAA, Florida Disaster, SERT, Red Cross have published a wealth of educational
materials, knowledge fairs, press releases and informational Web sites and
Hurricane Preparedness Manuals. Even so, there seems to be complacency among the
public in general, or perhaps a fight and flight syndrome. Not me, Not my
town, Not my family. Oh dear, pile the family in the car or run your
Florida Disaster and SERT warns, In a major disaster, emergency workers may
not be able to reach everyone right away, and in some cases it may take 3 or more
days for help to arrive. What would you do if you had no electricity, no gas, no
water and no telephone service? Having a plan for your family and their needs will
help ensure their safety and comfort during these difficult times.
Florida Hurricane Motto: Dont wait. If youve set aside funds for your
childs or grandchilds college education or perhaps put a deposit down
on future funeral arrangements or maybe purchased an insurance policy for your home
appliances - just in case one breaks down; apply this same kind of logical, long
term, preparedness thinking to hurricane preparedness. Make this a reality for the
love of your family and the respect and honor of that first responder that may have
to put his or her life on the line, because you didnt care to take the time
or energy to put a plan in place to save your own life or the lives of your loved
Make a Plan. www.floridadisaster.org/family
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.