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Senior project

  1. 1. Ryan Klavan
  2. 2.  New Orleans was founded on May 7, 1718 by Jean- Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville It has remained an important port through the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the Civil War New Orleans became a very unique city with many cultures  American, French, Creoles (from Haiti), African Americans
  3. 3.  Fusion of cultures allowed a New Orleans culture to form and thrive  Mardi Gras  Jazz  Food Created close knit communities in neighborhoods
  4. 4.  French Quarter found on the highest ground in the city  As the city grew, people moved to areas below sea level In 1927, Congress created the Army Corps of Engineers to design, build, and maintain levees and flood walls around the city Again in 1965, a new grant of federal funds was appropriated to restructure the walls but the project is still not complete today.
  5. 5.  On August 23, 2005 a tropical depression formed over the Bahamas The storm intensified very quickly due to warm water and air temperatures Tropical Storm Katrina passed over southern Florida on August 25.  Passing over land weakened storm  Regained strength quickly after moving into the Gulf of Mexico
  6. 6.  As Katrina moved through the gulf it intensified to a Category 5 Katrina made landfall as a category 3  Sustained wind speeds of 130 MPH It hit Buras-Triumph, Louisiana at 6:10 (CDT) on Monday, August 29
  7. 7.  Response by local, state, and federal governments was not good  President Bush declared a state of emergency on August 26 in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama On August 28, Mayor Ray Nagin ordered a mandatory evacuation for the city and the surrounding parishes  Established the New Orleans Superdome as an emergency shelter for those who could not leave
  8. 8.  The Media criticized the mayor Nagin for not issuing an evacuation order earlier The Superdome housed 26,000 people over the days Katrina caused a total collapse of social structure  Looting and Violence were rampant  People trying to survive  People also taking advantage of the situation for personal gain
  9. 9.  President Bush ordered Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to control and help and lead federal response. National Guard and Coast Guard were sent in to rescue stranded people. Many people moved to other states such as Texas to escape the destruction FEMA gave trailers to 700,000 families and paid for hotel rooms for people who had lost their homes
  10. 10.  After Katrina millions of dollars poured into funds to help rebuild. But even seven years later the city and all of its citizens is not restored to its former self…
  11. 11.  I have been going to Jewish summer camp for seven years. This past summer I was a Counselor-In-Training  This program is not only learning how to be a successful counselor but it also includes a community service trip
  12. 12. 1. Contribute to the Community of New Orleans2. Repair the Environment of south Louisiana3. Personally Connect with the people whom I helped
  13. 13.  Common Ground Relief is a not-for-profit organization providing short term relief for victims of hurricane disasters in the Gulf Coast region and long term support in rebuilding the communities affected in the New Orleans area. Helps in areas  Rebuilding  Wetlands Restorations  Legal Clinics  Job Training
  14. 14.  After we landed and got acclimated at our new home we took a bus tour with Mr. Ryan and Ms. Gloria  Gave personal stories of living in New Orleans their whole lives We Saw the different parts of the city and the differences of recovery efforts  Lower Ninth Ward  Musicians Village
  15. 15.  On day two we woke up and immediately got to work  Painted  Weeded  Sledge-hammered a walkway But this was all for the organization and not for the citizens of the area I was offered to work on another house so I jumped on the opportunity to work somewhere else  This is where I met Robert
  16. 16.  We were driven to a parking lot where we there were many pots of young Cyprus trees  Trees were to be replanted in the bayous  Help stop erosion of the fragile coast and the death of many trees by the BP Oil Spill We also helped transport scrap metal
  17. 17.  After getting back from planting the trees we were given a walking tour through the lower 9th ward by community leader Smitty He invited us to go to a community meeting about a school that was to be built in the neighborhood  Debate of where to put the School  On August 7, 2011 the school board chose to go with the communitys wishes and build on the site they wanted
  18. 18.  The last day we were to work was to paint a house for a elderly woman who had lost hers in the flooding The contractor walked out on her after she could not pay We also cut the grass for the surrounding lots  Very tall unsightly grass
  19. 19.  After working with Common Ground Relief, we moved to Tulane University Took a more touristy end to the trip  French Quarter Tour  Swamp Tour (alligator watching)
  20. 20. 1. Contribute to the Community of New Orleans2. Repair the Environment of south Louisiana3. Personally Connect with the people whom I helped
  21. 21.  This trip was the most influential trips of my life I learned about people who were born with much less than I was and then had it all taken away It has changed how I look at the world and very possibly my future
  22. 22.  Images: NOAA and, Common Ground Relief Information: NOAA,, and, Common Ground Relief