During Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of inmates were abandoned and left for dead by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Department.
Prison System Issues

What Happens to Imprisoned Loved Ones When Hurricanes Strikes?

Every time a hurricane hits, there is extensive damage to properties. People’s livelihoods are greatly affected. It may take several years for them to get back on their feet. In regards to prison loved ones, there’s even more suffering as they wait, wonder and worry about their incarcerated family and friends.

Orleans Parish prisoners were evacuated during Hurricane Katrina, leaving them in confusion and chaos. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Orleans Parish prisoners were evacuated during Hurricane Katrina, leaving them in confusion and chaos. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Image Source: Denver Post

During a hurricane, many people lose their lives. Entire communities are adversely affected. People are forced to stay in their homes for long periods of time, or evacuate them altogether. Businesses come to a standstill.

The entire community suffers as a whole. Local prison inmates are no exception.

When Hurricanes Strike, Prisoners Get “Lost” in the Shuffle

Outsiders Left to Worry about Their Incarcerated Loved Ones

When a hurricane happens, inmates are affected as well. The sad thing is that their prison loved ones are kept in the dark, worry about their incarcerated family members and friends.

Prison transfers are done without the knowledge of the loved ones. They have no clue where their inmates are from moment to moment, or if they are dead or alive. All they can do is wait… as they worry about their incarcerated family and friends.

The prisoners are taken to other places safer for them, according to authorities. Most of these places are run by generator power. But, during the latest hurricanes in the US, inmates complained of horrid conditions.

During emergency prison evacuations during hurricanes, inmates are not allowed to receive prison visits for security reasons. However, this leads to major stress for those on the outside as they worry about their incarcerated loved ones.

During Hurricane Harvey, which led to a lot of floods throughout the state, five prisons in Texas, a population of around 6,000 inmates, were evacuated. Also, three others in Brazoria County moved 4,500 prisoners to the eastern part of the State of Texas as rain continued to fall.

During Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of inmates were abandoned and left for dead by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Department, leaving prison loved ones to worry about their incarcerated friends and family.
During Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of inmates were abandoned and left for dead by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department, leaving prison loved ones to worry about their incarcerated friends and family.

How Do Hurricanes Work?

A hurricane can be defined as a violent cyclonic storm with wind speeds of (or in excess) 72 miles per hour. The powerful spiral wind carries water that causes major flooding and great damage to structures and other items close to the shore.

Hurricanes are always accompanied by a lot of rain to an extent that, even when the hurricanes are over, it may continue to rain. The winds that come with hurricanes are so powerful and people’s properties like cars, farms, houses and many other structures are blown away.

People talk about hurricane awareness and hurricane preparedness when such disasters strike. But, how can prison loved ones ensure that their imprisoned family and friends are prepared for such storms too?

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Renee Patterson writes prison stories, prison news and famous prisoners’ bios. She’s a prison daughter, prison sister and prison cousin. Renee has published eBooks about prison wives, prison fiances, prison husbands, prison kids, prison parents and other prison loved ones. She currently writes news for the Prison Rideshare Network related to the injustices within the CDCR prison system.

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Renee Patterson writes prison stories, prison news and famous prisoners’ bios. She’s a prison daughter, prison sister and prison cousin. Renee has published eBooks about prison wives, prison fiances, prison husbands, prison kids, prison parents and other prison loved ones. She currently writes news for the Prison Rideshare Network related to the injustices within the CDCR prison system.

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