What “Dodging a Bullet” Looked Like, Katrina +10

This week and next we’re counting down (and re-posting, etc.) our Top 10 Most Read Pieces of the year. Tie a big bow on 2015, give it away at the office holiday party and get ready for 2016. That kind of thing. Number 8 in the countdown is one of my favorites from the year […]

Katrina’s Environmental Catastrophe (That You Probably Never Heard Of)

Note: This piece is the last of four we’ve put together for the 10-year anniversary of Katrina. Paul and I reported to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Public Information Assist Team the summer of 2005. Our team was in the disaster zone from Aug. 28, the day before landfall, until Feb. 8.  It’s difficult to celebrate any kind of “anniversary” for the recovery phase […]

What “Dodging a Bullet” Looked Like, Katrina +10

Brando’s Note: Exactly 10 years ago today, Paul and one of our other team members, Chad, reported to U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., for hurricane response operations ahead of Katrina. After driving home from our base the day they arrived on-scene I did what any diligent U.S. Coast Guard officer would do – […]

Ten Years After: How Katrina Made Me a Better Crisis Responder

I’d love to change the world But, I don’t know what to do So, I’ll leave it up to you Note: This piece is the second of four we’ve put together for the 10-year anniversary of Katrina. Paul and I reported to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Public Information Assist Team the summer of 2005. Our team was in the disaster […]

6 Reasons New Orleans Loves the Coast Guard, 10 Years Later

Note: This was adapted from a piece published in March 2014, called “Silver Linings, Federal Response to Katrina,” and is the first of four pieces we’ve put together for the 10-year anniversary of Katrina. Brandon and I reported to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Public Information Assist Team the summer of 2005. Our team was in the disaster zone from […]

Federal Response to Katrina, Silver Linings

It was projected to hit somewhere between Gulf Shores, Ala. and Houston – a stretch of about 500 miles. We wanted to be as close to the impact as possible before landfall, or it would be too late to do any good. Three teams were positioned at three locations throughout the Gulf region. My team set […]