Veteran journalist NancyKay Wessman, author of Katrina, Mississippi: Voices from Ground Zero, will speak at Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Anderson Hall Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 24.
For twelve years, Katrina held all the “most horrible, most expensive” titles for U.S. hurricanes. When the monster storm slammed into Mississippi’s Gulf Coast in 2005, public health physician Dr. Robert Travnicek firmly faced the disaster.
In Katrina, Mississippi: Voices from Ground Zero, Dr. Robert Travnicek and other first responders reveal what really happened during Katrina…. what they did to get ready; how they managed from inside the emergency operations centers in Hancock and Harrison Counties and the catastrophic destruction they dealt with for several years to come.
Lessons they learned help prepare current and future first responders to strengthen emergency management planning and response, from extreme heat and ice storms to terrorism and tornadoes.
Readers learn of catastrophe and courage through experiences of those first responders and Travnicek, in upheaval not of his own making, but caught in a quagmire of natural disaster, local and state politics, and his own moral determination.
One of many five-star reviewers proclaims Katrina, Mississippi: Voices from Ground Zero to be “written so well you can smell the odor of rotting fish, rancid pork bellies, raw sewage and more. . . This book is a page-turner.”
At Northeast, Wessman will talk about Katrina in relation to this year’s triple-troubled season with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Are these powerful, indiscriminate, merciless storms “natural,” and why is this season so bad?