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 Post subject: KATRINA, Vast Destruction, One Million Homeless? How To Help
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2005 2:13 am 
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The waters are receding in most areas revealing incredible devastation following the passage of Hurricane Katrina. A massive quantity of buildings, homes have been shredded from the landscape and fragments washed inland while other areas have been complete flooded out in portions of three Gulf States, Louisiana, Missippi and Alabama. There is no power in large portions of these states, no potable water, no food, no communications, ready assistance and in many cases no way to even move without a boat. It is a dire, developing situation.


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It is unusual to have ANY buildings still standing and not blasted into fragments in some areas unlike what is shown above.

Waters are currently rising in New Orleans given serious breaches in the dikes around the city. It may rise to 15 to 20 feet above surface grade in large areas of New Orleans in a fairly short time. Severe flood damage is to come to this major city even to areas that were spared flood/storm surge impact before now. This is the first major city in the USA to have a manditory evacuation of all people in 140 years. These people may not be able to return for many weeks perhaps longer. In many cases there may be nothing standing to return to. An estimate of ONE MILLION PEOPLE HOMELESS as a result of this natural disaster has been given by the governor of Louisiana. The toll of lost souls is rising. People are trapped inside homes by water in attics and are invisible to rescuers for all practical purposes while water continues to rise. Current priorities focus on securing the lives and safety of survivors.

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Help is going to be needed not only now in the immediate response after this horrific storm but also into the future. Our help, no matter how small will make a difference.


*** H O W T O H E L P ***

In time there will no doubt be hundreds of organizations devoted to relief. For now there is the American Red Cross who has mobilized to the area ACCEPTING DONATIONS ONLINE AT:

https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation-form.asp


and the UNITED WAY ACCEPTING DONATIONS ONLINE AT:

https://volunteer.united-e-way.org/hurr ... na/donate/

and the SALVATION ARMY IS ACCEPTING DONATIONS ONLINE AT:

http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www ... enDocument


all three organizations list information for mailing in checks on their websites along with other ways to help.


Blood donations are also being requested. Substantial loss of supplies have obviously occurred in areas directly hit and demand is likely to be high for a while. Local blood drives will likely start in many areas. One such drive is described at:

http://www.floridasbloodcenters.org/PressReleases.html
The https://www.redcross.org/ will also no doubt coordinate other blood drives.



Images of the damage appear on most news services including:

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/ss/events/ ... NhbHNvLXlu

A shocking video of aerial coverage of some of the damage at:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/

Vaguelyswami appears to have captured some video images that show the horrific extent of thedestruction at:
http://www.kiteforum.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2319509

http://www.cnn.com/

http://www.wlox.com

http://www.nola.com/hurricane/photos/

http://today.reuters.com/news/default.aspx

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Coastal portions of three states may resemble the scene shown above.



You help is needed and would be very much appreciated.


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I've sent a check. Please do the same. I'll wait a little while before I get my next accessory. They need it worse, and it feels a whole lot better.


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Hampton wrote:
I've sent a check. Please do the same. I'll wait a little while before I get my next accessory. They need it worse, and it feels a whole lot better.


Thank you and coming back from being harmed from hurricanes in your area as well. I did the same and we will start a matching program for donations to the Red Cross at the office tomorrow. The dimensions of this crisis will continue to grow as time goes on. Just finding a place to evacuate survivors is a severe challenge at present. This could develop into one of the worse natural disasters in USA history from current reports.


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Ladies and gentlmen New Orleans has been cancled:

As of 8:10pm

****ALL RESIDENTS ON THE EAST BANK OF ORLEANS AND JEFFERSON REMAINING IN THE METRO AREA ARE BEING TOLD TO EVACUATE AS EFFORTS TO SANDBAG THE LEVEE BREAK HAVE ENDED. THE PUMPS IN THAT AREA ARE EXPECTED TO FAIL SOON AND 9 FEET OF WATER IS EXPECTED IN THE ENTIRE EAST BANK. WITHIN THE NEXT 12-15 HOURS****


http://www.ksl.com for images


http://www.wdsu.com has managed to maintain a streaming feed from the area. Be considerate and don't camp on the site as millions of people are relying on it for vital info. I'm sure their bandwitdh is stretched pretty thin


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I can't be the only one to be wondering this, but why the hell would you live somewhere that's below sea level in an area that's frequented by hurricanes?


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Thank you Rick for the posting and pictures. The cities in south central Louisiana that were not effected by the Hurricane have opened up shelters, churches and homes for the people who have been displaced. The reports coming from the area are that they may have to stay in the shelters for a least a month are more. We, at the local level are trying to make sure that the refugees have the necessary supplies that they will need, not just food and money but linens, clothing, toiletries etc. In Lafayette they have opened up the Cajundome for refugees to stay until some kind of temporary housing can be established and The Blackham Coliseum is being used to house animals also evacuted.
It is a dire situation for the people still trapped in the New Orleans area. The local officials are even asking all people in south central Louisiana who own flat bottom boats to help in the rescue efforts because there are so many people still trapped by the rising flood waters in New Orleans area.
The local Unitied Way is also taking donations for the victims, along with the salvation army and the red cross. All donations and prayers are greatly appreciated.


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anybody got a boat? lets go get'em outta there


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KBC,
When the city was established centuries ago, it was not below sea level. In a simple explanation:The very dikes that hold back the lake and river, have also caused the city to slowly sink. When water/ sediment from the Mississippi river was diverted to other areas, it caused those area to rise and New Orleans to slowly sink.
Why do people live in Los Angeles with the threat of earthquakes?
The better question to ask is why didn't our government provide transportation to a safe area for all those people living in New Orleans who did not have the means to evacuate?


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it's like the Tsunami from last year, but a big town was hit.
Very bad situation, watching the news all day now.

Respect the forces of the nature, it is way stronger than us...


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Thanks for the info about the United Way and Salvation Army GGH and thanks to Toby for putting this at the top. These organizations along with the Red Cross have worked hard to help people in need for a very long time.

THE ONLINE DONATION LINKS FOR ALL THREE ORGANIZATIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE ORIGINAL POST ABOVE


More images of the destruction appear at:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9063708/page/2/


I understand that 27 % of Holland is below sea level as is much of New Orleans. Both areas were established a long time ago. Holland was occupied two thousand years ago, more here New Orleans was settled more recently, only starting about 500 hundred years ago. There are other areas like this in the world no doubt.


WHY DID IT HAPPEN, HOW, WHO TO BLAME ... the question to ask today, is HOW CAN I HELP in this major disaster? You donation today is needed and will do a growing list of truly desperate people some good. Lots of analysis and reform will no doubt follow in time.

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