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Second Line RescueImprovised Responses to Katrina and Rita$
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Barry Jean Ancelet, Marcia Gaudet, and Carl Lindahl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037962

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037962.001.0001

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Government Gives Tradition the Go-Ahead

Government Gives Tradition the Go-Ahead

The Atchafalaya Welcome Center’s Role in Hurricane Katrina Recovery

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(p.53) Government Gives Tradition the Go-Ahead
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Second Line Rescue
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Jocelyn H. Donlon

Jon G. Donlon

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037962.003.0006

This chapter presents a story of successful cooperation between government and citizens. The staff at the Butte La Rose Atchafalaya Welcome Center not only provided victims of Hurricane Katrina with basic necessities but also welcomed them with grace, generosity, and an organic hospitality embedded in local tradition and shared community values. Over the course of three days, the staff and community volunteers fed, clothed, and literally rehumanized more than 100,000 people.

Keywords:   Hurricane Katrina, Atchafalaya Welcome Center, hurricane victims, disaster relief

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