As we reflect on Hurricane Katrina one year later, we think about not only how it affected the nation, but also how it affected college students everywhere including Florida A&M University.
And with FAMU being so close to the Gulf of Mexico, we should never forget that Hurricane Katrina could have happened to us.
So, what is FAMU doing to protect us? What is the city of Tallahassee’s evacuation plans? What are we doing to prepare if another “Hurricane Katrina” hits?
It is important that you have a plan and don’t solely rely on the government or FAMU to help.
It took close to five days to get help for victims in New Orleans. If a hurricane was to hit tomorrow, are you willing to wait five days for help?
The devastation of Katrina is still alive and well today.
If you have paid any attention to the news this week during the one-year anniversary broadcastings of Hurricane Katrina you would have seen that many parts of the New Orleans and Mississippi affected areas still look like the Hurricane just hit yesterday.
When you look at the slow response that the victims of Hurricane Katrina received in opposed to the 24 hour aid that was given to the people affected by the tsunami in south east Asian, the question of racial discrimination may come into mind.
Since many of the residents in New Orleans are still unable to move back home, don’t make short-term plans.
Be sure you know what to do in the long run in case they ever have to rebuild Tallahassee.
Students should make sure that they have their own evacuation plans instead of relaying on someone else to make the decisions for them.
Siraaj Sabree and Angelica Washington for the editorial board.