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Every Hurricane Katrina survivor has a story, and every story is different, but Anderson believes all the survivors have one thing in common—resilience.

"The people are waking up every day not knowing what the day will hold, but they're putting one foot in front of the other, and they're moving forward," Anderson says. "They're trying to rebuild their lives, and we can all help."

Anderson says these coastal communities need volunteers, but they also need tourists to help rebuild the local economies.

Lisa thinks it's important for all Americans to travel to the Gulf Coast and see first-hand how Katrina has destroyed a piece of the nation. "Americans really need to see this," Lisa says. "It's not a war zone. This is a natural disaster that has struck part of our country, and it could happen anywhere. It could happen to any one of us, at any time."
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FROM: An Oprah Special Report: The Katrina Stories No One is Telling
Published on February 21, 2006

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