I learned a lot from Katrina. No, I was not there nor did I know folks who were there when it happened although, I know a number of folks who have been there since. People will always reveal their true character in an emergency situation....and, people tend to cast differences aside and do the right thing. I was listening to an interview on NPR with a shrimp boat captain who rode out the storm on his boat and then after the storm, used his cargo holds to house those he rescued. He made them food and played his trumpet to make them feel a bit more human and less like they had been through one of the worst storms this country has ever see.
I am looking at the maps and weather reports of the oncoming Gustav looming in our near future. I say "our" because, even though I am in Michigan, I am an American and those in harm's way are as well...My prayer is that Gustav has a change of heart and decides to peeder out there in the gulf somewhere however, in the event that it does what it is threatening to do, we need to be ready to help those in need. Here we are on the eve of Labor Day, the day we celebrate the worker....it just may be time to get to work.
My God's Providential Hand be on those in the gulf region this evening and throughout the duration of tomorrow. Stay Safe folks.
This is the graph from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Site.