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Hurricane Katrina 2005

Mitch talks about Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of an Emergency Manager.
Bird's eye view of a category 5 hurricane
© Massey University, 2022


In 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the United States and laid claim to nearly 2000 people. The damage was so severe that the name ‘Katrina’ was retired from the list of names used for hurricanes.

Interesting Fact

A 1989 song by the Tragically Hip called ‘New Orleans is Sinking’ was banned in many North American cities after the events that transpired…the world was far too shocked and in awe at the damage that nature caused.

My memory is muddy. What’s the river that I’m in? New Orleans is sinking, man…and I don’t wanna swim. (Tragically Hip, 1989)

Head to the next step to learn more about the Emergency Management process during the dreadful Hurricane Katrina.

© Massey University, 2022
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