In October 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, A.D.’s Josh Neufeld served a three-week stint as a Red Cross volunteer in Biloxi/Gulfport, Mississippi. Taken from his online journal and illustrated with photographs, Katrina Came Calling is an intimate look at his reaction to the hurricane; signing up for Red Cross training; getting deployed; the conditions in the Gulf; working with the survivors; a visit to New Orleans; Port-a-Potties; his co-workers; issues of race, religion, and regional background; returning home; and much more.
Being a public forum, Neufeld’s blog was read and commented on by people from all over the spectrum: not only by his friends, associates, and regular readers, but by other Red Crossers past and present, and by Biloxi-area survivors and former residents. Many of those comments (and his responses to them) are included in Katrina Came Calling, a unique marriage of print and the ongoing conversation of the Internet.
Whitney Matheson of USA Today’s “Pop Candy” calls Katrina Came Calling…
“a great little book. Most of us watched hours of news footage after Katrina, but I can’t say I read or saw anything as personal as this—through Josh’s eyes, we really get to know the people, places and destruction that surrounded him.”
Katrina Came Calling is a limited-edition, black-and-white, digest-sized, saddle-stitched, 102 pp. booklet; and is available via PayPal.