Remembering Hurricane Katrina as Harvey Impacts the Region

In a region that has had our share of disasters, August 29th is a day that our community will never forget. Twelve years after the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina, we’re still impacted by the emotions. 

Our neighbors in Texas are experiencing tremendous pain and uncertainty right at this moment. As first responders are still trying to prevent loss of life and families are trying to find basic necessities such as food, water, and shelter; we know all too well that there will be a long road to recovery ahead. Many hard working families who are living paycheck-to-paycheck will face an enormous struggle to get their lives back on track. 

As we reflect on our experiences twelve years ago, let’s remember the outpouring of love that we received from people all across the globe. The latest disasters, such as the floods of last August along with recent flooding and tornadoes in New Orleans East, received donations from every state in the country. Even kids are using their talents to help raise money for our region. Let’s band together and fight for those in Texas who will need a hand up as they rebuild their lives. 

United Way of Southeast Louisiana has announced the launch of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to support the immediate and long-term recovery efforts. 

In addition, we are encouraging Southeast Louisiana residents to ready their households for potential threats from Harvey. Those preparing for and impacted by Harvey in the coming days can find vital, FREE resources here to become weather ready, make informed decisions and speed their recovery.


Michael Williamson
President and CEO
United Way of Southeast Louisiana