Ten years ago the eye of Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast leaving a path of devastation and destruction. After Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005, Waveland, Bay St. Louis and the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast were changed forever.
In the initial weeks after the impact, the AARP Foundation deployed attorneys to help displaced residents who sought assistance. AARP Mississippi staff mobilized and organized AARP staff from all over the country to volunteer. The volunteers staffed AARP K.A.R.E.S. (Katrina Assistance Resources Education Services) vans to deliver food, water, information and resources to residents. Volunteers distributed brochures with information on reporting claims; protecting yourself from scams; working with contractors; knowing your rights; and understanding contracts.
In the ten years following Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi Gulf Coast residents have shown dedication and commitment as they rebuild their lives in the place they call home. AARP Mississippi has increased its presence on the Gulf Coast through a series of programs and events. AARP Mississippi offers Caregiving Circles in Bay St. Louis, Gulfport and Moss Point for people who are caring for their loved ones and friends. Financial Freedom Trainings provide Gulf Coast residents with education and tools to plan for retirement. Life Reimagined events provide Gulf Coast residents an opportunity to examine their lives and consider the next phase.
To register for AARP events, visit www.aarp.org/ms or call 1-877-926-8300.