Dignan thinks that the impact of Hurricane Katrina might be bigger than 9/11. I disagree for various reasons, but by at least one measure Dignan is on to something:
Americans have given more than $1.2-billion to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The donations now nearly match the $1.3-billion that American charities raised to provide relief aid after the South Asian tsunamis.So if you follow the money, it seems that Katrina has had a larger effect on many people than even the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The pace of giving continues to be faster than after the 2001 terrorist attacks. It took more than four weeks after the attacks for charities to raise $1-billion; more than $2.2-billion was eventually raised to help victims.