Almost three weeks later, Americans have reached into their own pockets to donate a wave of relief charity unprecedented in American history. And a shame-faced Washington is pouring billions into New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
Hear how that aid is getting effectively to the people who need it and whether the second phase of relief efforts is working better than the first.
Kris Axtman, reporter for the Christian Science Monitor.Chris Joyner, reporter for the Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi's daily newspaper.
Mario Flores, director of disaster relief, Habitat for Humanity. He has coordinated disaster relief efforts in El Salvador, Afghanistan, Angola, the Caribbean and Indonesia.
Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of MercyCorps, an international aid organization which has operations in 35 countries. He has been involved in relief work for 25 years.
Scott Amey, general counsel, Project On Government Oversight, a watchdog group.
This program aired on September 15, 2005.