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Revisiting Hurricane Katrina, Lessons Learned

December 2015. Soon we will be remembering and revisiting one of the most costly natural disasters in American History. The 5th largest hurricane of all time, Category 5 Hurricane Katrina started over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005 and by August 28th hit the Southeast part of the United States. The most damage accorded in New Orleans history where the torrential rains broke through the levees and flooded the streets with up to 20 to 30 feet of water in some parishes.

At the end of this horrific natural disaster more than 1,800 human lives were lost. But just as worrisome is the colossal devastation wreaked upon natural habitat and animal life. With no one to help them, no government or organized relief to speak of, these poor animals were left to fend for themselves. In the end, the death total was more than 600,000 animals destroyed including commercial livestock, domesticated pets and wildlife.

There is no question that nothing is more important than the safety and the sanctity of human life, but we must do more and be more dedicated to the preservation and safety of animals too. That is the objective of Think WI-SH, to assist and work with both federal and local agencies and concerned citizens alike in times of crisis to ensure that the lives and the safety of animals are treated with dignity just like people.

The United States is by far the greatest country in the world. The resources available alone should never be a question as to whether or not our country has the ability to help both people and animals together in times of crisis. Where the problem lies is a matter of strategy, execution, foresight and the political will to make it happen. Those are the elements that Think WI-SH represents and is focused on. What it comes down to is our love and respect for our fellow American citizens and the animals who live as both domestic pets and in the wild. They need our help. And Think WI-SH is prepared to deliver just that. So the next time a major crisis occurs, let’s show both our fellow American citizens and wildlife the love and respect that they deserve!

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