The Navy can mobilize quickly in the event of disasters that happen on American soil. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, active-duty, guard and reserve forces were assisting other first responders in humanitarian missions and cleanup efforts along the Gulf Coast.
Capt. David R. Pine of the USS Shreveport details several aspects of that mission, including cleaning up firehouses and courthouses. The Navy also set up “Camp Lucky,” a shelter for animals left behind during the hurricane. The Navy’s actions after Hurricane Katrina show how much of an impact Sailors have on communities that need assistance.