On October 12, 2013 Cyclone Phailin lashed Odisha with winds that clocked up to 260 kilometers per hour. But this is not that story. This is the story of the evacuation of a record 984,000 people across 18,000 villages in Odisha to coastal shelters in the face of clear and present danger. The story of an operation on a scale unprecedented in modern times, and one impressive by any standards worldwide. The story of those who remembered a nightmare past and were determined not to repeat it. The story of those who lived it and lived to tell the tale.