This month marks ten years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the Gulf Coast, launching an unprecedented disaster relief effort which stretched across the entire country. For many current Red Cross volunteers, Katrina served as their introduction to disaster relief and volunteerism, as thousands were inspired to join in the massive effort to bring comfort and aid to those impacted.
Ten years since Katrina marks the 10-year anniversary for many volunteers continuing to serve today, and we want to hear your story! Tell us about your first volunteer experience during Katrina, what inspired you to continue your service afterward, and what have your experiences been like since then? Don’t forget to tell us who you are and which Red Cross Chapter/Region you call ‘home’…though of course you may remain anonymous if you’d like.
Share your stories in the comments section of this blog OR submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “My Katrina Volunteer Story”. We will compile many of the submissions to share on a follow up blog to be published later this month.
Thank you for sharing your stories and, most importantly, thank you for your continued selfless service!
Check out how disaster preparedness and response has changed in the 10 years since Katrina in this article by Red Cross CEO, Gail McGovern.