Collection: Rebuilding After Katrina and Rita

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In the last five years, FEMA has obligated more than $8.9 billion for Public Assistance projects related to the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita recovery efforts in Louisiana. That funding is helping rebuild critical infrastructure all across the state including schools, universities and even jail facilities. These videos highlight the work done on specific projects and allow the stakeholders to tell their stories of survival and rejuvenation in their own words. Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.
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September 20, 2013
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  • Administrator Craig Fugate talks about the recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita from a rebuilt school in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana.

Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.

    Administrator Fugate on Katrina Recovery

    Video by Bradley Carroll
    Administrator Craig Fugate talks about the recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita from a rebuilt school in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.
  • The general manager of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad talks about how Hurricane Katrina impacted the agency and where the recovery process is now.

    Railroad Recovery

    Video by Stephanie Moffett
    The general manager of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad talks about how Hurricane Katrina impacted the agency and where the recovery process is now.
  • Langston Hughes Academy becomes the first school to open in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.

    School Days

    Video by Stephanie Moffett
    Langston Hughes Academy becomes the first school to open in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.
  • Hurricane Katrina devastated Southern University at New Orleans. FEMA has obligated more than $73 million to help the school rebuild.

    Moving Forward

    Video by Stephanie Moffett
    Hurricane Katrina devastated Southern University at New Orleans. FEMA has obligated more than $73 million to help the school rebuild.
  • Tulane University works with FEMA to add floors on top of the library building, to avoid the possibility of future damage from a hurricane.

    Building Up Tulane's Library

    Video by Stephanie Moffett
    Tulane University works with FEMA to add floors on top of the library building, to avoid the possibility of future damage from a hurricane.
  • FEMA obligates more than $279 million to help the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans recover after Katrina. The repairs include mitigating some of the lift stations.

    Lifting the Lift Stations

    Video by Stephanie Moffett
    FEMA obligates more than $279 million to help the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans recover after Katrina. The repairs include mitigating some of the lift stations.
  • FEMA obligates more than $56 million to help the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Department build a new detention center.

    A New Beginning

    Video by Stephanie Moffett
    FEMA obligates more than $56 million to help the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Department build a new detention center.
  • Holy Cross School was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The school is now rebuilding with the help of more than $88 million obligated by FEMA.

    "Rebirth" of Holy Cross School

    Video by Stephanie Moffett
    Holy Cross School was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The school is now rebuilding with the help of more than $88 million obligated by FEMA.
  • Hurricane Katrina severely damaged Warren Easton Charter High School. FEMA obligated more than $3.2 million to help the school rebuild and re-open.

    Krewe de Recovery: Warren Easton Charter High School

    Video by Stephanie Moffett
    Hurricane Katrina severely damaged Warren Easton Charter High School. FEMA obligated more than $3.2 million to help the school rebuild and re-open.
  • Flooding from Katrina inundated Dillard University. 
FEMA obligated more than $61 million to help the school reconstruct its campus.

    Rebuilding Dillard University

    Video by Stephanie Moffett
    Flooding from Katrina inundated Dillard University. FEMA obligated more than $61 million to help the school reconstruct its campus.
  • Hurricane Katrina damaged Andrew H. Wilson Charter School in the community of Broadmoor. FEMA obligated $28 million to help the school and the neighborhood rebuild.

    Community Cornerstone

    Video by Stephanie Moffett
    Hurricane Katrina damaged Andrew H. Wilson Charter School in the community of Broadmoor. FEMA obligated $28 million to help the school and the neighborhood rebuild.
  • Celebration Christian School and Daycare received six feet of flooding during Katrina. Now, more than four years after the storm, the facility is being rebuilt. FEMA has obligated more than $6 million to help the project reach completion.

    Finding a Way to Worship

    Video by Stephanie Moffett
    Celebration Christian School and Daycare received six feet of flooding during Katrina. Now, more than four years after the storm, the facility is being rebuilt. FEMA has obligated more than $6 million to help the project reach completion.
  • Hurricane Katrina devastated the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) system. FEMA has obligated $28.8 million to replace the OPP facility known as Templeman One and Two.

    Tearing Down Templeman I & II

    Video by Stephanie Moffett
    Hurricane Katrina devastated the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) system. FEMA has obligated $28.8 million to replace the OPP facility known as Templeman One and Two.
  • FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell reflects on the recovery progress made in Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.

    Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: 5 Years Later

    Video by Stephanie Moffett
    FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell reflects on the recovery progress made in Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.
  • The Biloxi lighthouse is one of the most familiar landmarks on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.Thanks to FEMA funding, the lighthouse shines brightly again following Hurricane Katrina.

Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.

    Restoring the Biloxi Lighthouse

    Video by Earl Boyd
    The Biloxi lighthouse is one of the most familiar landmarks on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.Thanks to FEMA funding, the lighthouse shines brightly again following Hurricane Katrina. Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.
  • The new St. Martin High School in Jackson County, Mississippi
opened August 5th, 2010.  FEMA Mitigation and Public Assistance funding helped build the school with something 
extra...a hurricane shelter.

Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.

    Rebuilding St. Martin High School

    Video by Earl Boyd
    The new St. Martin High School in Jackson County, Mississippi opened August 5th, 2010. FEMA Mitigation and Public Assistance funding helped build the school with something extra...a hurricane shelter. Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.
  • Hurricane Katrina wiped out Waveland, Mississippi's historic
district, but spared half of an old school. FEMA Public Assistance dollars saved the city's last remaining link to the past.

Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.

    Restoring the Waveland Civic Center

    Video by Earl Boyd
    Hurricane Katrina wiped out Waveland, Mississippi's historic district, but spared half of an old school. FEMA Public Assistance dollars saved the city's last remaining link to the past. Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.
  • Following Hurricane Katrina, FEMA committed to supporting first responders by providing a grant to harden a
fire station in Bay St. Louis, MS.

Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.

    Rebuilding First Response

    Video by Earl Boyd
    Following Hurricane Katrina, FEMA committed to supporting first responders by providing a grant to harden a fire station in Bay St. Louis, MS. Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.
  • FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino marks the 5th Anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina by highlighting some of the many changes that have taken place at FEMA.  Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.

    Deputy Administrator Serino on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

    Video by Aaron Skolnik
    FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino marks the 5th Anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina by highlighting some of the many changes that have taken place at FEMA. Visit http://www.fema.gov/rebuildinglives for more information on FEMA's role in the rebuilding and recovery efforts.
  • Pass Christian, Mississippi employees are working in a brand new city hall.  FEMA funding helped make it possible.

    Rebuilding City Hall

    Video by Earl Boyd
    Pass Christian, Mississippi employees are working in a brand new city hall. FEMA funding helped make it possible.

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