While it’s been five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, people are still trying to rebuild their lives and images of the cities they once knew.
An outpouring of local support banded together with people across the country to raise money for basic essentials for those affected.
"All of the grade schools, people that canistered and collected money, it was just incredible. It was an incredible time. When you see people reaching out to other people that they don’t even know, " says Marlene Henderson of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross.
The American Red Cross raised a total of $2.2 billion.
Henderson says despite the fact that Hurricane Katrina was the largest natural disaster of our time-on record-the organization handled the situation well, but it also learned that it needed to be prepared for incidents of this magnitude.
"Since then, we’ve opened two large warehouses in the country, very well located warehouses, that have two and a half times what Katrina was stored that’s ready, " says Henderson.
Henderson says our local chapter walked away with a lesson as well. It knows all the shelters, cots, and supplies needed to accommodate people suffering from flooding, winter storms, and severe weather in our area.