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In the aftermath of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the following is known. These are estimates and yet not complete. Please help the people of Haiti. Thank you

1. At least 200,000 dead.
2. One million Haitian Orphans.
3. Authorities estimate that 300,000 had been injured.
4. Amongst the widespread devastation and damage throughout Port-au-Prince and elsewhere, vital infrastructure necessary to respond to the disaster was severely damaged or destroyed. This included all hospitals in the capital; air, sea, and land transport facilities; and communication systems.
5. As many as one million Haitians were left homeless.
6. Food, Water, Shelter and Clothes are scarce.

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Some Katrina Facts:

     1. As of May 19, 2006, the confirmed death toll (total of direct and indirect deaths) stood at 1,836, mainly from Louisiana (1,577) and Mississippi (238). However, 705 people remain categorized as missing in Louisiana, and many of the deaths are indirect, but it is almost impossible to determine the exact cause of some of the fatalities.
     2. $81.2 billion in damages
     3. 53 different levee breaches in greater New Orleans
     4. Federal disaster declarations covered 90,000 square miles (233,000 km²) of the United States, an area almost as large as the United Kingdom. The hurricane left an estimated three million people without electricity. On September 3, 2005, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff described the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as "probably the worst catastrophe, or set of catastrophes," in the country's history, referring to the hurricane itself plus the flooding of New Orleans

     Obviously, there is still much work that needs to be done in rebuilding the Gulf Coast. While two-thirds of the people who lived in the New Orleans area have returned, that still leaves over 150,000 that have done their best to rebuild their lives elsewhere. While most of Hurricane Katrina's coverage centered around New Orleans because of its population and popularity around the world, Florida, Alabama and especially Mississippi suffered major damages as well. Here are some facts about Mississippi you may not have known.

     U.S. Route 90's Bay St. Louis Bridge on Pass Christian was destroyed as a result of Katrina.The Gulf coast of Mississippi suffered massive damage from the impact of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, leaving 238 people dead, 67 missing, and billions of dollars in damage: bridges, barges, boats, piers, houses and cars were washed inland. Katrina traveled up the entire state, and afterwards, all 82 counties in Mississippi were declared disaster areas for federal assistance, 47 for full assistance.

      After making a brief initial landfall in Louisiana, Katrina had made its final landfall near the state line, and the eyewall passed over the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland as a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 120 mph (195 km/h). Katrina's powerful right-front quadrant passed over the west and central Mississippi coast, causing a powerful 27-foot (8.2 m) storm surge, which penetrated 6 miles (10 km) inland in many areas and up to 12 miles (20 km) inland along bays and rivers; in some areas, the surge crossed Interstate 10 for several miles. Hurricane Katrina brought strong winds to Mississippi, which caused significant tree damage throughout the state. The highest unofficial reported wind gust recorded from Katrina was one of 135 mph (217 km/h) in Poplarville, in Pearl River County.
Damage to Long Beach, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. The storm also brought heavy rains with 8 – 10 inches (200 – 250 mm) falling in southwestern Mississippi and rain in excess of 4 inches (100 mm) falling throughout the majority of the state. Katrina caused eleven tornadoes in Mississippi on August 29, some of which damaged trees and power lines.

      Battered by wind, rain and storm surge, some beachfront neighborhoods were completely leveled. Preliminary estimates by Mississippi officials calculated that 90% of the structures within half a mile of the coastline were completely destroyed, and that storm surges traveled as much as six miles (10 km) inland in portions of the state's coast. One apartment complex with approximately thirty residents seeking shelter inside collapsed. More than half of the 13 casinos in the state, which were floated on barges to comply with Mississippi land-based gambling laws, were washed hundreds of yards inland by waves.
A number of streets and bridges were washed away. On U.S. Highway 90 along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, two major bridges were completely destroyed: the Bay St. Louis - Pass Christian bridge, and the Biloxi - Ocean Springs bridge. In addition, the eastbound span of the I-10 bridge over the Pascagoula River estuary was damaged. In the weeks after the storm, with the connectivity of the coastal U.S. Highway 90 shattered, traffic traveling parallel to the coast was reduced to two lanes on the remaining I-10 span.

      Surge damage in Pascagoula, Mississippi. All three coastal counties of the state were severely affected by the storm. Katrina's surge was the most extensive, as well as the highest, in the documented history of the United States; large portions of both Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties were inundated by the storm surge, in all three cases affecting most of the populated areas. Surge covered almost the entire lower half of Hancock County, destroying the coastal communities of Clermont Harbor and Waveland, much of Bay St. Louis, and flowed up the Jourdan River, flooding Kiln. In Harrison County, Pass Christian was completely inundated, along with a narrow strip of land to the east along the coast, which includes the cities of Long Beach and Gulfport; the flooding was more extensive in communities such as D'Iberville, which borders Back Bay. Biloxi, on a peninsula between the Back Bay and the coast, was particularly hard hit, especially the low-lying Point Cadet area. In Jackson County, storm surge flowed up the wide river estuary, with the combined surge and freshwater flooding cutting the county in half. Remarkably, over 90% of Pascagoula, the easternmost coastal city in Mississippi, and about 75 miles (121 km) east of Katrina's landfall near the Louisiana-Mississippi border, was flooded from surge at the height of the storm. Other large Jackson County neighborhoods such as Porteaux Bay and Gulf Hills were severely damaged with large portions being completely destroyed, and St. Martin was hard hit; Ocean Springs, Moss Point, Gautier, and Escatawpa also suffered major surge damage.

     Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials also recorded deaths in Forrest, Hinds, Warren, and Leake counties. Over 900,000 people throughout the state experienced power outages.

     Although I’m not from Louisiana and was in California at the time of Katrina, I have now been in southwest Louisiana for 34 months helping where I can.  My experience here has been less than pleasant to say the least. Few have suggested that I may have profited from this site. That could not be further from the truth. Never have I profited one penny from this website or anything having to do with Hurricane Katrina. The truth is that I have lost tens of thousands of dollars while being here, spent more nights than I want to remember living in and out of my car and have suffered great indecencies from people here.  The list goes on but this site has never been about me but for victims of Hurricane Katrina. I have no regrets in devoting the better part of the last three years helping my fellow Americans.
     On this, the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and on the historic day Barack Obama will accept the nomination for the Democratic Party, let us remember that we are all Americans regardless of race, creed, religion or color and should be judge on our character and continue to push to become a more compassionate, more loving people who think about something other than our self while on this planet.

God Bless you all and America.
One (1) Love, Gary R. Sloate


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