Hurrican Katrina

Now that our school PA systems' are no longer spewing out stale black facts during morning announcements and history teachers are done glossing over the minuscule civil rights unit of their obsolete textbooks, it is time to finally ask ourselves this lingering question: what happens once black history month is over?
A decade ago, as New Orleans commenced its long, slow recovery from Hurricane Katrina, pundits warned against sweetheart deals and no-bid contracts to rebuild the city obtained with bribery and kickbacks.
“The American public needs to learn not to rely on the government to save them when a crisis hits,” Brown wrote.
Chris Tusa was born and raised in New Orleans. He watched in disbelief as the Hurricane ravaged his hometown. The 2005 disaster, weighed heavy on his heart and mind, and he began working on a novel in pursuit of capturing the emotional and physical distress inflicted by Hurricane Katrina.
Neither one of us had planned on this sudden intimacy. He crouched reluctantly into the cramped quarters and nuzzled in for the night. We never spoke, and I tried not to breathe on him.
The sudden sweep of a natural or personal disaster can happen at any time causing loss of life as well as treasured property and possessions. Ancient physician Galen reminds us that resiliency should not be left to chance.
Hurricane Sandy was undeniably a disaster for tens of thousands of New Jersey and New York residents. But as the headlines begin to recede, what more can we do, as leaders of nonprofits, to help their stricken communities?
Bruce Cockburn recalls when he first started calling himself a Christian in the early '70s: "I wasn't sure exactly what that meant at the time, so I went with the people who claimed they did."