Having grown up close to the gulf coast all of my life, I have seen my share of hurricanes. There are pictures of me on the sand of Gulf Shores, AL, forcing all of my weight forward in the wind –gripping smile, flapping hair – I was always one for a thrill. I loved hurricanes namely because of my innocence. I’d never experienced a hurricane strong enough to do much damage (other than ruin my beach vacation) and I always had a strong, stable shelter where I felt nothing but safe. Unfortunately, that's not the case for thousands if not millions of people on the Gulf Coast and in many other countries that experienced the devastating effects of Gustav.