On August 29th 2005, hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans. Some of my family who didn’t evacuate were stranded and rushed up stairs as water rose. Their time was spent watching the water rise more and more waiting to be rescued. The parking lot was now an ocean brought on by the hurricane.
My grandparent’s house had several inches of sludge from having 5+ ft of water sitting in it for days. Everything that was on the floor or below the water line was now unsalvageable.
The worst part of this? Our story was not unique. Thousands of others lost everything but the clothes on their back. Entire neighborhoods were wiped away overnight. Hurricanes are nothing to play with. They don’t care who you are, how much money you have, your age, where you go, and they don’t care how much you prepare. When they hit, they decimate everything in their path.
The only thing that brought a sense of comfort in a world of devastation were volunteers. At one point, we had tents in my back yard, where multiple volunteers from the north slept at night. During the day they went house to house and gutted them. Clearing debris and sludge for days on end, week after week. At night we would sit around a fire, eating MRE's and playing cards and talk about what was seen that day, and what the plan was for the following day.
Now, nearly 15 years later, Hurricane Laura is having a similar impact on the coast of Louisiana/Texas. While I cannot go help in person, I am hosting a charity stream on 8/28/2020 to raise money for all that are feeling the impact of Hurricane Laura. All proceeds from this stream will go directly to support the Cajun Navy as they assist victims of Hurricane Laura. I ask that that you consider donating to help the families that have lost everything.
The Cajun Navy are informal ad-hoc volunteer groups comprised of private boat owners who assist in search and rescue efforts in Louisiana and adjacent areas.
Thank you, NoobNation, for showing your support!