It's been three long years since Hurricane Katrina came ashore, killing nearly 1600 people in Louisiana (nearly 240 people in Mississippi), and throwing the lives of hundreds of thousands into chaos. Nearly 1 million people from Louisiana evacuated their homes--some voluntarily and some not. Some of those folks returned home to broken fences and yards littered with tree limbs. Many returned to homes filled with water, dirt, and mold. Many returned to nothing.
Things have gotten back to normal in some neighborhoods. In other places, people are still pulling themselves up by their bootstraps. Today, the bootstrap-pullers and those who've gotten back to normal have been whipped into an anxious frenzy as they fear a potential hit from Hurricane Gustav.
This morning, I was thankful to hear that my parents, sister, and brother-in-law got hold of a room in North Texas. In addition to that, a very good friend of mine was kind enough to help me connect my family with her mom, should they need anything. Thanks, Amy!
If you have friends or family in any of the states that could possibly be affected by Gustav, please do what you can to offer them a place to stay, or connect them with someone else who may be able to help them, and by all means, find out where your loved ones are planning to go. Make sure they remember to get plenty of fuel, water, and food to make the trip out of harm's way.
Good luck to all for a safe passage away from the storm, and for the safe return... to their intact homes.