Setting the Stage
Introduce the story by telling students that they will be watching a film about two lifelong residents who live on the Isle de Jean Charles, a tiny island community off the Louisiana coast vulnerable to hurricanes. Ask students if they, or any of their family members, have experienced a hurricane or natural disaster, such as a tornado or a flood. How can a hurricane affect the community it strikes? What can happen to homes and businesses in the community? Ask students to make a list. Examples include flooding, power outages, and shortages of food, gas, oil, and water.
Ask students: Which U.S. coastal cities do you think are vulnerable to hurricanes? Some include Tampa, Miami, New Orleans, and Virginia Beach, among others. Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005 displacing thousands of people in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states, including New York City, where the subway system flooded, hospitals closed, and thousands of vehicles were destroyed.