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Here's how you can help in New Orleans tornado response

The tornado that ripped through eastern New Orleans on Tuesday (Feb. 7) served as a painful reminder of how vulnerable this community remains more than a decade after hurricanes Katrina and Rita and failure of the levees. But it also serves as a reminder of how communities can come together to help one another. Here are some options to consider in helping respond to the disaster. (Information comes courtesy of the office of the City of New Orleans’ Deputy Mayor of Citywide Initiatives)

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The different perspectives provided crucial balance as the group honed in on specific project ideas, Supak said. "Without people rooted in the community, we would not have come up with a project that relates to what is going on in the community," he says.

Their discussions evolved into a project focused on helping residents to address rainwater issues in their own back (and front) yards. With a …

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