I was privileged to meet many of those first responders whose heroic feats were featured in Paratus 14:50, and I saw first-hand the raw emotions still evident from the historic number of lives saved and the unforgettable tragedy of lives lost during Katrina. While our objective was to save everyone by any and all means, 1,883 people perished and Katrina still conjures thoughts of loss and mourning – certainly not an event to celebrate.
LCDR John F. Barresi meets with Senator Thad Cochran during a visit to Gulfport, Miss. on May 16, 2008 to tour the new United States Coast Guard Station. The previous U. S. Coast Guard Station was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Photo courtesy of Sen. Cochran's office. Photo taken during the flooding – Hurricane Katrina. Photo
The Coast Guard earned kudos from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano during a visit to the Vessel Traffic Center in New Orleans. Secretary Napolitano noted the Coast Guard’s diverse and often unpublicized port safety and security missions during a meeting with public and private sector stakeholders to discuss inter-agency coordination and port resurgence after Hurricane Katrina.