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Life-Changing Lessons Learned Post Katrina

It's hard to believe that it has been almost a year since Hurricane Katrina devastated the place we call home. But for many of you, the storm has been a blessing in disguise.

"I pray a little more. I bless my house and ask the Lord to watch out for it, and the places I didn't pray for, we got the neighbor's trees which just rested on our house," said Pat Kelly of Gulfport.

"Just never take anything for granted. I didn't before Katrina and I'm not now so, just family or anything," said Robin Bracey of Gulfport.

"In my life, I think that our family is a lot closer because my mom and them lost their house, and I have five sisters and two brothers, and it just brought us all closer together," said Jennie Melching of Gulfport.

"I pay attention more. Try to get along with everybody more. Show respect. You know just try to get along with everybody more," said Eula Mack of Pass Christian.

And while some have learned lessons of the heart, others have learned to focus on using their heads no matter what storms life throws their way.

"Make sure you have all of the insurance you need and then some. And when they say a storm is a two and changed to a five within hours. So when they say be prepared- have gas in your car, have water, have batteries, don't take it lightly," said Bernadette Harvey of Biloxi.

"I will not stay. I learned a valuable lesson from Katrina and that's to leave and not hang around," said Sarah McGill of Gautier.

There is a saying that experience is a good teacher. Hopefully, what we have learned will make us even more prepared to face whatever happens in the future.  

On August 29th, WLOX News will air special programming on the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Find out what lessons various cities have learned in post-Katrina South Mississippi.

By Karla Redditte

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