Editor’s note: For this installment of “Throwback Thursday” we’re bringing you an incredible story from our March/April 2006 issue by Field Editor Suzanne Stempinski. Suzanne interviewed OOIDA Life Member Jay Hosty and his wife, Katt, who lived in the Gulf Coast area of Mississippi when Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Like so many victims of Katrina, the Hosty family lost everything but each other and put their lives back together, one piece at a time. Check back tomorrow when we will have an updated story about the Hostys and the region 10 years after one of the worst natural disasters in our history.
Katt Hosty starts her day quietly. Her husband, Jay, is on the road. Their three daughters are sleeping peacefully in their beds. She looks around her FEMA-provided trailer and wonders how much longer it will be before they will live in a home of their own.
She wonders if she'll ever really feel safe again.
It has been more than six months since Hurricane Katrina blew into the Gulf and tore their world apart. For the most part, the rest of the country has moved on to other events topping the news.
But for the Hostys and thousands of others like them, there has been nowhere else to go. Every day is another step in the process of rebuilding and redefining their lives – lives that they had no desire to change.