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Hurricane journal

By Samantha Perez


August 29, 2005

Last days in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana


August 30, 2005

Fleeing Katrina


August 30, 2005

First news from home


August 31, 2005

The Bossier City blues


September 1, 2005

Raisin Bran and gypsies


September 1, 2005

Back to school?


September 2, 2005

Wine and celebration


September 3, 2005

Just darkness and the cry of a million crickets


September 3, 2005

Let me go home


September 6, 2005

Out of place in a new school


September 8, 2005

Sleepless in Natchitoches


September 13, 2005

Hitting the road, again


September 16, 2005

Guilt and doubt


September 17, 2005

Going home

Going home (dial-up version)


October 23, 2005

Katrina tossed us into a snow globe


October 30, 2005

A sweet reunion


November 4, 2005

Music provides escape


November 6, 2005

Tired, stressed and homeless


November 23, 2005

Happiness and snow


November 25, 2005

Giving thanks for good friends


Dec. 7, 2005

A long-awaited, post-Katrina class reunion


Dec. 12, 2005

Burn Book scorches the soul


Dec. 13, 2005

Old books and soothing words


Dec. 18, 2005

Ready or not, here comes Christmas


Dec. 26, 2005

Christmas cheer in a FEMA camper


March 13, 2006

Mix of flavors makes New Orleans great


May 5, 2006

On the last day of high school


May 14, 2006

A pink dress at the prom


May 25, 2006

Graduation after a year on the road


July 3, 2006

Lost freedom on the Fourth of July


August 29, 2006

One year since Katrina: A journey of hope and strength


December 25, 2006

Christmas in the parish


Dreams and memories in St. Bernard Parish

June 10, 2007


We're gonna be just fine

February 13, 2008

 

 

Samantha Perez, in her pretty pink dress, in better times

Samantha Perez

Hurricane Katrina - NASA photo

Links to printed Hurricane Journal pages, in PDF format:

September 9, 2005

September 10, 2005

September 23, 2005

September 24, 2005

October 6, 2005

October 7, 2005

Nov. 10, 2005

Nov. 16, 2005

Dec. 17, 2005 (not available yet)

Dec. 23, 2005

Dec. 24, 2005

Dec. 30, 2005

March 23, 2006

Thirteen issues of The Tattoo have featured the first 26 entries from Samantha Perez's journal.


By Michel Lee / The Tattoo

A temporary home.


Brent Altemus/The Tattoo  

Hannan seniors, from left, Jennifer Shockley, Samantha Perez and Leanne Kahrs

By Michel Lee/ The Tattoo

St. Bernard Parish, 2006

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What it looks like at Sammy's former home in St. Bernard Parish, La.

St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina

Donate to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts::
American Red Cross
800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English
800-257-7575 Spanish

America's Second Harvest
800-344-8070

 

 

Donate and Volunteer:

Adventist Community Services
800-381-7171

Catholic Charities, USA
703-549-1390

Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
800-848-5818

Church World Service
800-297-1516

Convoy of Hope
417-823-8998

Lutheran Disaster Response
800-638-3522

Mennonite Disaster Service
717-859-2210

Nazarene Disaster Response
888-256-5886

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
800-872-3283

Salvation Army
800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
800-462-8657, ext. 6440

United Methodist Committee on Relief
800-554-8583

Thanks to craigslist.com for links to charities.

For information about conditions in St. Bernard Parish, check out these links:

St. Bernard Parish's official web site

Rebuilding St. Bernard blog

nola.com's forum on St. Bernard Parish

 


 

 

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