Well...as we sit here and get prepared for what will be Hurricane Isaac, I think back 7 years ago to what was Hurricane Katrina. I look around at the panic, real fear, in people's eyes and realize that it was a significant factor in all of our lives. While Isaac doesn't look like it's going to be anything like Katrina, people are behaving like it's going to be worse. I had a student who I thought was going to go nuts on me this morning because he needed answers about when he could get out of here.
And it is kind of scary. We all have stories that we share about Katrina and you'd be surprised how often it comes up. We talk about where we were during the storm, how long it took the power to come back on, what the worst part of it all was for us...what we did to assist in clean-up. How we dealt with the aftermath (it took me over a year to go back to New Orleans, a city where I'm hoping to buy a house one day).
The poignancy that Isaac is coming along at the same time as Katrina has been lost on no one. We all still have a "remembrance" day of sorts every year on August 29th...and to have to remember it while experiencing similar weather will not be fun.
More when I know what's happening with us.