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10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

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The lives of those who were in New Orleans or fled when the storm hit the city have been forever changed. While recovery and a return to normal came quickly for some, for others the lingering effects still remain. Ten years after hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana is still recovering from the devastation, the damage was unbelievable.

With a 1 million commitment  that helps to this day, Tulane anniversary and New Orleans is moving forward, Making changes and repairing lives that were devastated. They making great strides in repairing. In 2005, Johnson Controls stood strong with Tulane University, to help start rebuilding and resume classes. In only 5 months, students were able to begin classes again and repair some of the students lives.

When the hurricane made landfall it broke the city’s levees and wrecked the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida; killing 1,833 people and causing more than $100 billion  in damage. This was the worst hurricane to ever hit the United States. Nearly a quarter of a million homes were damaged or destroyed, and more than 800,000 people displaced. 

New Orleans quickly rebuilt the levees and strengthened the flood walls, which mercifully held when the less-powerful Hurricane Isaac hit in 2012, but elsewhere, the city’s recovery has been painfully slow. Recovery experts predicted that it would take a decade for New Orleans to get over the hurricane’s devastating effects.

Ten years later, the university and New Orleans residents are building a better future one project at a time. Johnson Controls is proud to help the Tulane City Center, a non-profit organization founded by the Tulane School of Architecture, rejuvenate the community.


And while millions of tourists now stream through the city’s French Quarter each year for Mardi Gras and other annual jazz and food festivals, its population is still not back to pre-Katrina numbers. The fact that some neighborhoods are lost and gone still makes you think when will this state be back to new.

“Tulane needed help then, and New Orleans continues to need help today. We proudly have committed $1 million to help revitalize the community with projects that advance the lives of Louisiana residents and their families,” says Bill Jackson, president, Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls.

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