Bowling Green Red Cross Remembers Katrina

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

A year ago, when the massive hurricane first tore through the Louisiana Panhandle, the Red Cross of South Central Kentucky raced into action raising close to $300,000 for those affected by Katrina.

"The finances that were donated here locally, all finances that were donated here through our 6 county area were sent straight to the National Disaster Fund so that it could help whoever needed it, wherever."

Red Cross Executive Director Deneen Cooper says the storm forced 111 families to seek shelter in Bowling Green causing a lot of time and efforts to be dedicated to helping those displaced.

"We stayed in high gear mode for probably about a month, and then we were able to taper it back down."

Many of those who came to Bowling Green have since returned to the affected areas over the past year."

Cooper says that working through Katrina has made their chapter more prepared and stronger.

Throughout the past year they have been constantly training volunteers in disaster relief for situations such as Katrina.

While the Red Cross here is keeping busy by preparing for the next major disaster, Cooper says the real work in New Orleans is just beginning.

"We have chapters there who are just doing daily still continuing to work with families who have lost everything."

A year later...Its a blow to the United States that Cooper says everyone can still feel.

"Its something we've lived through it, we will continue to remember it but we pray it'll never happen again."

Cooper tells WBKO that three volunteers of the South Central Kentucky chapter have already been deployed to the Florida Keys to aid citizens with Tropical Storm Ernesto.

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