Sheila Dixon and 18 month daughter in New Orleans A vibrant, historical American city is no more. It will be rebuilt, but until it is, a half of a million Americans have been displaced. Many of these people are don’t have the resources to secure any sort of necessities such as shelter, medicine, clean water, or food. A small donation to the Red Cross will help hundreds of people. This is a shocking and disturbing catastrophe. That it takes place in the richest nation in the world, and that we still lack the infrastructure to manage it, is more disturbing. No one could have prevented a hurricane, but we had plenty of warning that one would do such damage. We must do what our government would not and apparently cannot do, and help the people of the Gulf Coast.