When Katrina hit, Jake Kupperman was a junior at the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, Stephen Kupperman, a New Orleans lawyer and founding member of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, LLC, was also interviewed as part of Katrina's Jewish Voices oral history project.
Jake shares vivid memories of Hurricane Katrina, including volunteering at a local hospital when the electricity went off and the looting in the city following the storm. Jake explains how his parents protected him and his siblings from the psychological stress of the storm, helping younger kids remain as carefree as possible during a trying time. Attending school in Baton Rouge seemed like an adventure to Jake, but he was happy to return to New Orleans after the city's recovery efforts. He says being with friends and returning to a routine helped him and his peers cope with the upheaval and stress caused by the storm. Finally, Jake shares his perspectives from his Katrina experience and his plans for the future, starting at the University of Georgia.