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Hurricane KatrinaThe Mississippi Story$
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James Patterson Smith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617030239

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030239.001.0001

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The Grace of Volunteers

The Grace of Volunteers

(p.114) Chapter Six The Grace of Volunteers
Hurricane Katrina

James Patterson Smith

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes the role of volunteers at the time of Katrina. Before the storm crashed onto the Mississippi Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, ordinary people across the United States mobilized. Alone, in groups, or working through established charities and faith-based organizations, volunteers began organizing the first of thousands of aid missions to disaster areas on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Over the next four years, FEMA and the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service estimated that as many as 1,000 different organizations and church groups with more than 800,000 volunteers came to the aid of Mississippi’s storm victims and provided an estimated 18.2 million hours of free labor in the relief and recovery efforts.

Keywords:   Katrina, volunteers, disaster relief, recovery, storm victims

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