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7 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 37 (2008-2009)
Mending Our Nets: Psychosocial Care in Post-Katrina New Orleans

handle is hein.journals/sjsj7 and id is 39 raw text is: Mending Our Nets:
Psychosocial Care in Post-Katrina New Orleans
Jane Parker'
During the writing of this article, my community and I experienced
Tropical Storm Faye, Hurricane Gustav, and Hurricane Ike to varying
degrees. In the instance of Hurricane Gustav, I complied with a mandatory
evacuation that was instituted for New Orleans and surrounding parishes.
Though constant threats and disruptions to our safety occurred, the storms
and the evacuation allowed some of my colleagues and me to compare the
state of psychosocial services and other disaster-related issues from post-
Katrina to post-Gustav. In general, the evacuation of vulnerable groups
had dramatically improved across the region. Nevertheless, the issues of
race, class, and economic valence were again obvious in terms of who had
the resources for transportation out of harm's way.
For people without a car or money to pay for transportation and
temporary lodging, the decision to evacuate is more complex than for those
in the middle- and upper- class with these resources. For example, a
minimum-wage earner who does not have family or friends with whom to
stay or who lacks the money to purchase accomodations must stay in a
shelter. Food and gasoline costs add another burden to low-income
I am fortunate to have family members less than three hours away;
however, I would be able to purchase motel accommodations had I not had
family within driving distance. Therefore, my decision to comply with the
evacuation order was fairly straightforward.
The evacuation for Gustav evoked both current and Katrina-related
anxieties and imposed certain expenses on my colleagues, friends, and me.
Sitting in contraflow traffic, being displaced from home, and not knowing

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