photo of Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA

Better Prepared

Seven years ago, our nation watched helplessly as Hurricane Katrina turned New Orleans and the Gulf Coast into a flooded disaster zone.   As I look back today, on Katrina’s seventh anniversary, wondering what Hurricane Isaac will bring, I take solace in the fact that our country and residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are stronger and more prepared for this type of disaster than they were seven years ago – likewise, Catholic Charities agencies are poised and ready to answer the call for help.

Hurricane Katrina exposed cracks in our response protocols and challenged us to do more to ensure that no one, regardless of where they live or what they do, is left behind during these tragic events. Ever since, our local agencies on the ground, as well as our entire national network, have re-dedicated their efforts to provide first-class disaster response to communities left shaken after a natural disaster.

Now, our agencies stand ready to respond and provide immediate relief to those affected by storms, winds, and flooding. While no one can predict what the impact of Hurricane Isaac will be, we keep the residents of the Gulf Coast in our prayers, as well as those who will be on the front lines of responding to the effects of the storm.

It can be difficult to see the hand of God in times of disaster and calamity. However, in times of duress, we are called to be the hands of Christ present in the midst of those suffering from the wind, rain, and floods. Preparing our network for these catastrophic situations will always be a work in progress, but we continue on our mission to provide hope to those in need especially in times of disaster.

To help support disaster victims, please visit the Catholic Charities USA disaster donation webpage.