Examiner article: September is National Disaster Preparedness Month

It was easy to forget this one amid the compelling stories of the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina but the contrast is stark, as Katrina was a model of what happens when a region is unprepared for disaster.

More than anything else, Katrina illustrated the difference between rich and poor when it comes to disaster.  Nature doesn't discriminate but humans do.  The wealthier part of the city were built on high ground that didn't flood.  From the rich through the middle class, if you had the money or the social support or access to the best information then you left the city before Katrina arrived.  If not then you were stuck.