If you are regularly checking the web for any updates, you would perhaps notice the black ribbon located below Google’s homepage. If you hover your mouse into that image of black ribbon, you would notice that it pertains to Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in the history of the United States.
Today is the 5th Anniversary of the day. Google may also has realized that a simple message is more recognizable than a Google doodle. Black ribbon placed on its homepage by Google reminds us of all those around 1800 people who were killed in the hurricane that struck New Orleans 5 years ago on 29th August 2005, eventually sending New Orleans underwater. According to different sources 80 percent of New Orleans was affected by the hurricane.
President Obama will today signify the anniversary by visiting New Orleans and also hopes to reassure residents over his administration’s response to the BP oil spill. At the time of Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration came under fire because of the slow response for support for the people of the area.
The effects of Katrina were felt throughout the Gulf Coast Regions with Louisiana and Mississippi being the most destroyed states which experienced great floods. By August 30th Katrina had dissipated, however, the damage remained for years. The black ribbon under Google’s logo will bring to the the attention of millions of people worldwide the tragedy that it was. Perhaps, it also calls us to be more aware about hurricane season so that we will be more prepared when another Katrina comes.
As the rebuild work is still going on even after 5 years after the calamity hit the area, many feel themselves living under the influence of Katrina as families that scattered at the time of flood are still in a process of searching for each other to start anew.