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Hurricane Katrina Victims Need Your Help


I've been riveted by the images of devastation on CNN and as time passes and the human suffering increases, it becomes even more clear there was no disaster recovery planning in place.The recovery will take months, so it's never too late to give to those in need.

Here's how you can help:

American Red Cross

Victims of Hurricane Katrina are attempting to recover from the massive storm that is still making its way across the Mid-Atlantic States. American Red Cross volunteers have been deployed to the hardest hit areas of Katrina’s destruction, supplying hundreds of thousands victims left homeless with critical necessities. By making a financial gift to Hurricane 2005 Relief, the Red Cross can provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need.

HurricaneHelp - Find survivors of Hurricane Katrina

This is a service to help connect Hurricane Katrina victims with their friends and family. Please respect those affected by this tragedy and only submit accurate, relevant information. This is not an official information site.

Social Source Software's Katrina PeopleFinder Project in collaboration with Omidyar.net

Refugees can search 20 web sites for lost relatives and still miss their entry on the 21st web site. There is a need to combine all the refugee data from big databases like Red Cross, large posting forums like Craigslist and many other sources on the web. The Katrina PeopleFinder Project seeks to create a single repository combining as many sources of refugee data as possible from all over the web without interrupting existing momentum.

We need help for both regular people and software engineers. Everybody is critical to building a central repository of ALL the refugee records we can find on the web. The Social Source Foundation, CivicSpace Labs and Salesforce.com Foundation are coordinating hundreds of people and organizations, including Craigslist and Earthlink.

Poignant testimony by public officials and others:

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin - raw and uncensored

Joan Touzet, originally from New Orleans, has posted the full uncensored audio, which is raw in language and emotion. Nagin discusses the current violence and chaos in the city, and the lack of effective action by FEMA and the federal goverment; Nagin accuses the Governor and FEMA of thinking too small.

Read Chris Waigl's transcript here

This video on Crooks & Liars is a must-see:

The tear-filled eyes of Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard as he was interviewed by Tim Russert on today's Meet the Press.

Public photos on Flickr tagged with Katrina (over 4,000)

Joi Ito talks about The underprivileged victims of Katrina

I wonder about the allegations of treating the underprivileged victims as more "expendable". I realize this is quite a harsh allegation, but something that I wonder about none the less.

The armed forces recruits mostly from the underprivileged class, and it is they who fight the wars. It is time to give back.


Learn more about the impact of Katrina:

New Orleans LA post-Katrina Intel Dissemination Wiki!

This wiki was setup to factor the tons of random bits of information flowing out of New Orleans in totally disorganized chunks, and being repeated around the internet in various forms. Blogs are not up to the task of distilling this info in a useful way, so we've setup this ad-hoc project at nola-intel.org to try and keep track of all of this.

Hurricane Katrina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Many estimates predict that Katrina was the costliest storm in history to strike the United States. In terms of fatalities it was the second deadliest named storm to hit the US, and may be declared the deadliest after more casualties are discovered. Katrina also caused the first total devastation of a major American city since the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires.

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September 3, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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