• Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ)
    "You have to see the massive scale of the devastation and get a greater perspective on the enormity of it. I definitely have a lot more confidence that the people in this community are trying to do this the right way. I feel good about it."
  • Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
    "It's necessary for every member of Congress to come down here. You can't appreciate the enormity of it until you come down here. We have an enormous long-term environmental challenge here. I am for doing what is necessary."
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
    "The country is here in its support, but I can tell you as a policymaker from a state so far away that it makes a difference to see this for yourself. It's incredible for us to see what you are doing here."
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
    "The game plan to rebuild this area is much more mature than I realized. I leave here with renewed optimism. If all it takes is some money, then you all are going to get some money. Shame on us if we don't learn from this."
  • Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
    "[I am] stunned by the scale of the tragedy and shocked to see basic needs unmet so long after the Aug. 29 storm."
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
    "If talk, bureaucracy and promises were enough, we would have rebuilt New Orleans three times over. Rebuilding this city is not just an obligation of New Orleans or Louisiana. It is an American obligation."

We are Women of the Storm

The Women of the Storm is a non-partisan, non-political alliance formed in 2005 of women whose families, businesses and lives were affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We are an independent organization of independent-minded women!

A diverse group of more than 130 individuals is led by a group of 12 dedicated women who have met almost every Monday morning since January 2006 to set the agenda, projects and programs.

There is no defined membership, per se. Hundreds of individual women (and men) have joined the effort, and with the participation of our national partners LINKS, the Junior League, the Women’s Leadership Initiative of United Way and the National Council of Jewish Women, hundreds of thousands of women all across the nation are involved. The common bond among these individuals is their passion to rebuild their homes, businesses and communities.

The Women of the Storm’s original mission was to draw the attention of Congress, media and opinion leaders to the needs of a post-Katrina New Orleans and a post-Rita South Louisiana and the entire Gulf Coast. Members, who are culturally, socially and economically diverse, are bound by their passion for their communities.

The Women of the Storm are now working to focus continuing national media attention on coastal restoration, infrastructure needs and other issues important to the rebuilding of our wetlands and reimagining of our region, including conducting tours for editors, publishers, producers and key reporters, as well as other opinion leaders.

We refuse to allow the country and its elected leadership to let the challenges from our nation’s biggest disaster slip away. No city or community is immune from potential natural or man-made disasters and the lessons from New Orleans are crucial for the nation.