Disasters

Storm shelter

Disaster | The mission changes for a post-hurricane homeless center
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/15/06, 12:00 am

Tobey Pitman spent 28 years looking for ways to ease homelessness in New Orleans as director of the Brantley Baptist Center, a 240-bed homeless shelter one block from the French Quarter. Late last year, he got an unexpected hand from a hurricane. Today Mr. Pitman stands in the empty lobby of the seven-story shelter remembering the days before Hurricane Katrina flooded the Big Easy: "We were largely full every night."

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Minding Mississippi

Disaster | Volunteers and locals continue the long, slow, and unheralded process of rebuilding after Katrina
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/08/06, 12:00 am

BILOXI and PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss.-At 81 years old, all Felicia O'Connor wants is "a clean place to sleep and somewhere to make my coffee." For the past four months, Mrs. O'Connor has been sleeping and making coffee in a tiny FEMA travel trailer on a narrow lot behind her small, water-logged home in Biloxi, Miss. Hurricane Katrina filled the one-story house with 6 feet of sea water, destroying everything inside and leaving it uninhabitable.

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Forecast: accumulating exhaustion

Disaster | Weathering an alphabet's worth of storms, relief workers await relief
by Priya Abraham
Posted 11/05/05, 12:00 am

Sleepy and "semi-conscious" the morning after his seventh trip to the Gulf Coast in as many weeks, Gary Lundstrom could not promise he would be coherent for an interview. By now the international projects director for Samaritan's Purse and his staff should be shifting to delivering their annual Christmas shoeboxes. But the disasters aren't letting up.

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