Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston is the first large-scale project, anywhere, in which the survivors of a major disaster take the lead in documenting their disaster experiences.

In August and September of 2005 two major hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, pounded the Gulf Coast, forcing some 250,000 into the Houston area. As many as 100,000 remain here. The survivors have remarkable stories to share: stories describing the Gulf Coast neighborhoods that they had to leave behind, stories of how they endured the storms, and stories about how they are building new lives in Houston.

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Our website shares some of the things we've done with the voices we've recorded. Explore our site: