Last time I talked to my grandmother before Katrina arrived on land: July 4, 2005.
Last time I talked to my cousin Laura before Katrina devastated the area where she was doing her graduate studies: December 25, 2004.
Last time I talked to my cousin Jessica before Katrina went through the path that I thought she was taking to drive my cousin Laura: also December 25, 2004.
Last time I talked to my mom before Katrina just missed her on the gulf coast of Florida which was devastated last year: I don't even remember, sometime this summer...
I talked to my gram on Friday to ask about my cousins then talked to everyone else today. My grandmother lives in the Northeast and is the matriarch so always knows the status of all family members across the globe, hence my call to her about my cousins instead of calling my aunt or uncle. I do try my hardest to find the good in the very worst of situations, and this is what I am taking away - reconnection with family.
PS - If you have money to spare, that's what is needed now.