The hurricanes of 2005 left an impact on the Gulf Coast that will be felt for years to come. The devastation created from the Katrina and Rita Hurricanes include:

  • Katrina and Rita negatively impacted the lives of 4.5 million Louisiana citizens.
  • As a result of Hurricanes Katrina,Rita and the oil spill, more than 650,000 people were displaced from their homes or lost their income.
  • More than 1,000 residents died as a result of the storms, more than 6,000 were reported missing and more than 3,000 were unaccounted for.
  • In the Gulf Coast region, Katrina alone destroyed 275,000 homes—ten times as many as the next most destructive storms to recently hit the U.S.
  • More than 75,000 Louisiana homes outside of the floodplain were destroyed.
  • As a result of both storms, 10 hospitals were forced to close in Louisiana.
  • Forty Louisiana schools were destroyed as a result of the storms, while more than 835 were damaged.

The Louisiana Family Recovery Corps was created in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It was created to respond to the individual needs of all Louisiana families and single citizens. Disasters like Katrina, Rita and the BP oil spill impact people in many unseen ways. Once communities and economies have been torn apart, it can be difficult to find work, shelter, schooling and healthcare - often jeopardizing the well-being of individuals and families. In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita claimed 1,464 lives, displaced residents and destroyed more than 200,000 homes in South Louisiana. The Recovery Corps was a nonprofit corporation, coordinates the efforts of numerous disaster response organizations and social service providers. Recovery Corps programs are based on principles of mutual responsibility, accountability and partnerships with disaster-affected individuals and families. The Louisiana Family Recovery Corp has ended operations. Here are some link to help you find assistance in 2011 and beyond: