How Is Hurricane Katrina A Tragedy

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According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, tragedy is “a very bad event that causes great sadness and often involves someone’s death”. To me, a tragedy doesn 't have to involve death, but it can just involve heavy destruction or overbearing loss of something. Tragedy could be the loss of one 's self-purpose or the fall of one 's greatness. It could also be the struggle of one 's journey on the pursuit of happiness. No matter what someone 's definition of tragedy is, I believe we can all agree that 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the April 27th tornado are all terrible tragedies.
With all of the tragedies mentioned above came a cycle of recovering, rebuilding, and restoring. Each tragedy’s cycle varied on the depth of the damaged, but one thing
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It was so sad, but I finally came to the conclusion that it was a warning to help people in the future. Yes, New Orleans and many more city/town areas were completely devastated, but what would have happened decades later if the affected areas were more populated and no one knew that the levees were defective. Could many more lives have been taken? Should we be thankful that the mistake was noticed and fixed sooner than later? I don 't know the answers to these questions, but to see so many people killed, hurt, and left with nowhere to go made my heart hurt. The government should have done more to help the people before and after. Maybe if the affected areas were evacuated earlier more people would have survived or maybe if the government had better plans for a catastrophe more people could have gotten saved afterwards. These are the questions that haunts me about the situation, so I hope that the government is striving to learn from their mistakes and create a…show more content…
I was affected by the tornado and to be honest I didn 't know much about it until I got to the University of Alabama. I lived in Presidential Village I on campus my freshman year and there in one of the lobbies was a type of memorial. The memorial consisted of wood pulled from the devastation of the tornado and water running in front of it. It is quite beautiful, but it is unmarked so it is defaced often because no one knows its significance. I proposed to have a memorial plaque posted there with the six students that were lost on that devastating day. Even though it never happened, the importance of ensuring students safety during tornadoes is still bothering me. At the Capstone, we pride ourselves in saying that we have over 30,000 students, but what is being done to ensure their safety. Tornados are reoccurring events in our area. We should take precautions to shelter our students properly, so they can not only be safe but feel like the university is actually caring about their well-being. I remember back in 2014 when we had a tornado in Tuscaloosa, the students were not given much notice to leave their classes and take shelter. Also, the students that decided to stay on campus to take shelter did not have proper shelter or guidance of what to do and where to go. Some of the students were released from the “safety” of the University’s Recreation center just about 10 minutes

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