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Hurricane Katrina, A Journey Of Hope [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Veltri , Curt Varone

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Imagine that when you wake up tomorrow, the clothes on your back will be everything you own. For so many of my fellow countrymen, this nightmare scenario quickly became their reality following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina.

If I had just one lesson to share as a result of my experience post-Hurricane Katrina, it would be this:

When disaster strikes, there will be those who require the aid of their fellow man, and there will be those who are fortunate enough to escape serious harm. Those in the second group have the option of retreating to safety; if the situation warrants, they can return to help those in need who were unable to help themselves.

Do everything in your power to make sure that you and those who rely on you are part on the second group. In a crisis, having multiple options and the willingness to use those options is priceless.

Here's the bottom line: if nothing else, this book will make you more aware of the wrath of nature. Hopefully, it will also make you start to think about what steps you would take to protect your family BEFORE something like this happens again. If you make it a priority, it will make itself so. It costs nothing to start planning in your head what you would do the time the next big one hits. And I'm not just talking about hurricanes here. Start thinking about what action you would take and talk it over with your family. Planning is a great first step that costs nothing and can save your life.

Many disciplines were involved in the FEMA-coordinated rescue and recovery efforts following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. Urban Search and Rescue, or USAR for short, is a discipline that came into the forefront of public awareness after the events of 9-11 exposed the need for specialized crews that could effectively rescue those trapped in collapsed structures made of reinforced concrete. Following those tragic events, many states received funding from the Department of Homeland Security to develop USAR capabilities. The work is dangerous, unglamorous, and demanding, both physically and mentally. USAR crews must train to operate in a variety of disciplines and be prepared to operate in all-hazard environments ranging from natural disasters to terrorist events.

Rhode Island deployed its trained but untested USAR Task Force 1 (RITF1) to Mississippi in the aftermath of the disaster. No amount of training could prepare anyone for the destruction that was unleashed by the storm surge that swept inland as Katrina made landfall. This book serves to document some of the challenges that RITF1 faced and overcame along the way.

I am confident that learning about my experience can only make you desire to be better prepared, as you will learn first-hand a small piece of what goes into recovery efforts following a natural disaster.


This book is intended for readers who want to learn more about Hurricane Katrina, or USAR in general. It would also engage readers interested in photography, as the book has large, high quality photos to help tell the story. Lastly, readers in technology, specifically geographic information systems (GIS), would benefit from this book. The primary technical skill set I utilized while deployed was manipulation of geospatial data to produce maps for responders. Much has changed since September, 2005. A laptop or tablet device can now perform many of the same geospatial analyses that would have required a small team of GIS professionals in 2005. While there is comfort in relying in technology when times are good, we must remember that ultimately, we rely on ourselves and each other when things go bad.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4384 KB
  • Print Length: 92 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080FN2UC
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You May 7 2012
By Lanie Malone - Published on
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As a life long resident of neighboring Louisiana, I experienced the storm and saw first hand the destruction it brought, even where I live roughly 100 miles inland.

We always see the pictures of the destruction on the news. Destruction makes for good headlines in today's world. We never really see what goes on after though. The rescuers and volunteers who come and help pick up the pieces are rarely the highlight on any news channel. If all you ever saw was what the news displayed, you would be led to believe that the coast was simply left a disaster or that some little elves came and did the clean up. Most of us who live here, know better.

I offer my sincere thanks, not only to Anthony Veltri for sharing his experiences through this book, but to every man and woman who came down to the coast and helped put it back together. This book offers a behind the scenes look at the people who came to our aid, and the methods and tools they used to get the job done. Mother Nature will always come back to put us in our place, and it is a very humbling and awe inspiring experience, to stand in the eye of the storm, but it can never compare to the feelings inspired when I see the way people band together to help one another in the aftermath. That is where hope is found.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring May 7 2012
By PhatPhaka - Published on
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A truly inspirational narrative with images both tragic and triumphant. I read it in one sitting and passed it straight to my wife afterwards. We sheltered through Katrina in Biloxi and have always felt not enough attention was paid to the destruction and subsequent recovery of the MS Gulf Coast. A testament to the sacrifice and effort of volunteers such as those in the book as well as the resiliency and perseverance of the people of Mississippi.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for family and friends May 9 2012
By buddy - Published on
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I have your original book but just downloaded this version to my PC. How do I purchase additional copies to send to family and friends? (Yes, I am computer challenged)

I work in the health care field and will be sending a link to your book to the corporate office to see how we can utilize its importance. Distributing all the literature with checklists of things to have on hand is very important. However, it really drives home the importance of preparation based on the pictures of actual distruction from the forces of nature. Do you have any picture downloads that can be used for presentations? We will be going into hurricane season shortly and a presentation format would be good to take to home owner association meetings, church meetings, company meetings, etc.

The county I live in has set up some shelters that are pet friendly. It was realized during Katrina that their are people who just won't leave their pets. Do not leave your pets to fend for themselves.

I googled to see if there was a national day honoring search and rescue people and their dogs but did not find one. We really need to honor their sacrifices.

Thank you for your contribution to get this information out there.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Pictures, Stark Reality, Quiet Heroism May 8 2012
By Dr. Diane Chesson - Published on
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Anthony Veltri has given us a well-crafted account of first responders in the aftermath of Katrina. It is full of beautiful pictures of horror that show the fragility of life and the heroism of ordinary men and women. It's a quick read, but one that will stay with you in gratitude for the goodness of people in the face of natural disaster.

Dr. Diane Chesson
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for sharing this story! May 8 2012
By HappyREader - Published on
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Thank you for sharing this story and for bringing picture and understanding to the journey of so many. It has touched me and I love how it is a story that keeps giving back :)

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