TEN THINGS I HAVE LEARNED FROM HURRICANE KATRINA
1. Flood from rain is the least likely threat in New Orleans. Shoddy levee engineering, however, is another story.
2. Big screen t.v.’s and expensive tennis shoes are more important to looters than food and drink, but not as important as guns and cigarettes. After Katrina, I defended a young man who looted a store and took only hair weaves.
3. The police can not always be trusted and do not always use the best judgment when unprecedented catastrophies occur.
4. Older people sometimes would rather die in their homes with their belongings than evacuate, even when they have the means to leave.
5. Cats can kill a squirrel and will share it with other cats when food is scarce.
6. A small flood will wash out the drain pipes enough that you don’t see a cockroach for three years.
7. A big flood combined with a lack of electricity will increase the number of cockroaches and rats to the point that they completely take over all surface walking area.
8. Government officials are never as prepared as they should be for disasters, and sometimes actually unintentionally cause them or make them worse.
9. Refrigerators can be art.
10. People who evacuate do not drown and do not get shot by police.
I receive a lot of criticism whenever I mention lesson number 10, and I am not saying it is the way things should be, but it is what it is, a fact of life in New Orleans.
Causes Holli Castillo Supports
American Diabetes Association, American Breast Cancer Association, Lazarus House New Orleans