DDH_ICONS Hurricane or Flood

Joshua Norman and Rachel Leifer

When the storm hit and I started getting calls from people in tears, that made me believe that there’s some good to be done here.

If you are experiencing emotional distress or other mental health concerns after a disaster, the Disaster Distress Helpline is here for you 24/7/365:


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Joshua Norman worked on site as a reporter after Hurricane Katrina hit, and he documented the heartbreaking stories of those affected by the storm. Something he didn’t expect was the impact of including as many names as possible in his stories—he started getting calls from people who found out their loved ones survived because he included them in his stories. And that ability to give something so valuable to so many people renewed his faith in the importance of his work.