Michael Pospisil, Full-Stack Coder and Philosopher
As you know, 14 out of the 100 most impoverished counties in the US are located in Mississippi, which itself is ranked 50th in median household income ($36,338) compared to California ($61,021).

During and following the Katrina disaster It is well known that the poverty in Mississippi exacerbated the situation immensely. Would things have been different if Mississippi was wealthier or if the inequality was't so great?
Katrina was an equal opportunity destroyer; it did not discriminate based on wealth, race, age or anything else, except geography, and even with location Mississippi had hurricane force winds 200 miles inland and nearly a third of the fatalities were not on the Coast.
The storm surge that devastated the Gulf Coast was the greatest in the history of meteorology, according to the National Weather Service, and it destroyed many thousands of homes that were middle class and above as well as many that were homes of low and moderate income renters as well as homeowners. If the Coast of Mississippi were like many Florida beach communities, with rows of high-rise condominium buildings, the damage would certainly have been different, but our Coast is one of very few coastal areas where low-moderate income people had homes within a block or two of the beach in several areas. Katrina has eliminated some but not all of that.
If everything Katrina destroyed in 2005 had been built to today’s building code standards and if all homes had been elevated above the new federally delineated floor plain elevations all across the Coast, the destruction would have been reduced considerably but not eliminated.
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