On January 12, 2015, a tornado struck the Texas town of Harvey, killing nearly half of the town’s population.
The tornado killed at least 13 people, including the head of the local fire department.
As the disaster unfolded, social media was awash with grief, sadness, and anger.
“We’re here in this town of 15,000 people, and this is the first tornado in history to kill 13 people,” the fire department chief said.
But as the story went viral, a new documentary series was born.
The Disaster Documentary Series is a three-part series, produced by filmmaker, producer, and actor Chris Morgan.
In the first episode, Morgan follows the flood of people fleeing Harvey as they desperately seek shelter and safety in a small town in Texas.
The flood is so severe that many of the residents of Harvey’s predominantly black and brown population have resorted to using bottled water, as the water in the local tap is only available at a limited number of stores.
As they struggle to find a water source, they resort to scavenging for items like cans, bags, and empty soda bottles.
The video, which premiered on Vice News in March, explores how these people use their newfound survival skills to help others.
“It’s a really tough job to do, to be honest,” Morgan said of the job of making a documentary series about disasters.
“But it’s an important job.
It’s a real job that people have to do.
You’re not going to be able to do that without people helping you out.
So it’s really important that you’re helping people and that you don’t lose sight of that.”
The Disaster Series follows a small group of people who are willing to take on the daunting task of taking on the most challenging disaster in history, in order to help people who may not be able or willing to assist in a similar situation in the future.
“When I was younger, it was very hard to imagine what a tornado was like and to get into the community and deal with the aftermath of a tornado,” Morgan explained.
“Now I have an idea of what it is, and I’m excited to try and help people out.”
Morgan’s first documentary project as director was a short film called the Tornado.
In it, a group of teenagers and adults from Harvey, Texas, attempt to recreate a tornado in their backyard by constructing a home using cardboard and other materials they find.
The footage is very real, and shows the devastation caused by a tornado as it tears through a rural community.
Morgan also produced a short documentary titled Tornado, a Tornado: The Story of Hurricane Katrina, which also featured an eyewitness account from Katrina survivor, James Davis.
Morgan said that he has been fortunate enough to work with people in his community, and he hopes his project can help bring attention to the need for people to help each other in times of disaster.
“You can’t do this alone,” Morgan stated.
“So, if you can get people involved in the community, the community can help you out in times like this.”