Louisiana and D. Hurricane Katrina



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OUTLINE FOR INFORMATIVE SPEECH Hurricane Katina Purpose: To inform the audience about Hurricane Katrina Thesis: Today I will discuss some fascinating facts about Hurricane Katrina. Specifically, I will discuss the gathering of the storm, the destruction, and the government reponse. Organizational Pattern: Topical I. Introduction A. Attention Getter Have you ever been faced with losing everything you cherish including family in a split second? B. Relevance Hurricane Katrina was the most and costly natural disaster in American history. C. Credibility Millions faced having everything taken from them and were left fighting for their lives.

D. Thesis Today I will discuss the disaster and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. E. Preview Specifically, I will discuss the disaster in New Orleans. Transition First lets discuss the gathering of the storm.. II. Body A. Katrina showed how powerful she would be as soon it formed. 1. Two days after the hurricane formed it landed in Florida. 2. Within 9 hours it grew from a Category 3 to Category 5. Maximum speed reached was 175mph. 3. As she enter the Gulf she maintain power heading straight for Louisiana-Mississippi coast. Transition Next the disaster strikes and the destruction begins.

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B. Slowly approaching the coast Katrina causes storm surges and instantly starts breaking through leaving a trail of destruction. 1. Two levees in New Orleans break, causing more than 80% of the city to become flooded in over 20 feet of water; between 50,000 and 100,000 stranded. 2. Levee breach in Lower Ninth Ward causes a thirty-foot wall of water to rush into the neighborhood, decimating the entire area 3. Most of the flooding caused by the levee breaching, even reaching to the higher areas of elevation, such as the French Quarter Transition Now it’s time to deal with the aftermath.

C. Finding shelter and looting was a big problem post-Katrina. 1. After the flood waters retreated, many returned home, gutting their homes and putting the unsalvagable belongings in piles along the streets. Many who passed by looted these piles, becoming a problem, as well as breaking into homes to steal possessions 2. Many who stayed behind threatened to protect themselves and their stuff. 3. There were over ten shelters in the New Orleans area to house those unable to evacuate. One included the home of the New Orleans Saints football team, the Superdome 4.

People eventually loaded onto busses and shipped to Houston’s Astrodome in Texas. Transition Finally it’s time to recover. D. New Orleans still has a long ways to recover 1. Only 66% have returned to New Orleans. 2. Most business are reopening in order to keep money being generated for the city. 3. Many have been able to rebuild their homes with federal assistance. Transition In conclusion, III. Conclusion A. I have discussed the gathering, destruction, and aftermath associated with Hurricane Katrina. B. This natural disaster will never be forgotten. C.

New Orleans is still fighting today to get back to the flourishing city it was. D. Hurricane Katrina may have taken the things I cherish most but not my heart, soul and determination to make it. References Marsalis, Wynton. Hurricane Katrina: by the Editors of Time ; [with an Introduction by Wynton Marsalis]. New York: Time, 2005. Print. Cooper, Christopher, and Robert Block. Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security. New York: Henry Holt and, 2007. Print. Brinkley, Douglas. The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. New York: Harper Perennial, 2007. Print.

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