Washington, DC - Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall on the Gulf Coast:
"Five years ago today, Nevadans and all Americans watched with sadness and heartache as Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city of New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast region. We will never forget that storm and its aftermath. Nor will we forget the resilience of those living on the Gulf Coast, or the generosity of their fellow Americans.
"In the days, weeks and months that followed the storm, we saw people who had lost everything rebuild their lives and communities, and we saw people from across the country give whatever they could to support them. Many of those rebuilding efforts are still in progress, even as residents of the Gulf Coast find themselves reeling from another disaster — the BP oil spill.
"The only way we will prevent future natural disasters is to learn from the painful lessons of Hurricane Katrina. In the wake of Katrina, Democrats fought to increase funding for federal and local emergency preparedness, took steps to revamp our nation’s emergency response systems, and increased support for states and localities dealing with natural disasters. We know that it will take years for this region to recover from the full impact of this storm, but we have seen remarkable efforts that are underway to redevelop the economy and infrastructure of the Gulf Coast.
"I stand with all Nevadans to honor the resilience of the people of the Gulf Coast, and I remain committed to helping ensure that this region makes a full recovery. The spirit of the Gulf Coast is the spirit of our nation, and that spirit can never be broken."