Hurricane Mitch
The Devastation of Hurricane Mitch

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Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, made landfall in Honduras on October 29, 1998. By the time it had made its way through Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala, over 11,000 were dead with a further 11,000 missing and 2.7 million left homeless. In this video, Carmen Pong, a … Continue reading

2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak
Ebola Virus: First American Death


Resident of Minnesota, Decontee Sawyer became a widow after her husband Patrick Sawyer died from the Ebola virus disease during the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak. Sawyer speaks on how her husband contracted the virus. She believes Patrick, while traveling to Nigeria for his work, got it while taking care … Continue reading

Hurricane Katrina
New Orleans Mayor on Hurricane Katrina & What Went Wrong


Former mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, Ray Nagin, recalls the flooding of his city during Hurricane Katrina. He remarks on how failure to adequately handle the hurricane and prevent damages and casualties had much to do with poor communication between governing powers: “Some goofy laws that basically say there is … Continue reading

Hurricane Katrina
An AmeriCorps Volunteer’s Story: ‘The Government Wasn’t There’


Arielle Krasner shares her experience as a disaster relief volunteer for AmeriCorps in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and other subsequent storms. She describes her motivation to assist others and recounts the dramatic devastation she saw in the Gulf, witnessing houses that were “completely washed away” and its remains strewn … Continue reading

2010 Haiti Earthquake
‘The Wall Fell on My Hand…’


Rachel Lunique, survivor of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, tells her story of being trapped under pounds of concrete for two days after running back into her apartment building in order to save her next door neighbor. Fortunately, someone was able to dig her out. Lunique goes into the depletion of resources in … Continue reading

Dust Bowl
‘He’s a Farmer, He Isn’t Gonna Quit’

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In this in-depth interview, Dust Bowl survivor Lowell Kastner talks about the adverse impact that the severe dust storms that plagued the prairie lands in the U.S. and Canada during the 1930s had on his father’s cattle business. Kastner imparts how his memories of the Dust Bowl, also known as … Continue reading

1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens
Witnessing the Mount St. Helens Eruption

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US Geological Survey (USGS) scientists that were present during the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980 discuss what has been called one of the most dramatic geologic events in U.S. history. They explain what they saw, the destruction that the blast created, and the concern they felt … Continue reading