August 29, 2005 at 1:46 am #48413
holy shit!! it looks like that sexy she demon katrina is making landfall and laying waste to my favorrite southern city.. oh shit!….
light your candles if you got em!!August 29, 2005 at 2:13 pm #112365
I’ll light some candles & play Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers-Hoodoo Voodoo
Good luck to all those in the way of that storm!!!August 29, 2005 at 2:49 pm #112366
…hope that the Doctor will help a little…August 30, 2005 at 11:27 pm #112367
it looks like they need some of that hard rockin’ version WHen the Levee Breaks down yonder now times.. holy shit 80 percent of the city is under water… man oh man …September 1, 2005 at 7:57 am #112368
Thank God I got to see New Orleans in June, the city is never going to be the same ever againSeptember 1, 2005 at 3:02 pm #112369
Everytime I read or see something I just bust out and cry, at my friends house this afternoon and see a woman with twins, five months old, and they have had nothing to drink for three days, the woman was not breastfeeding, so the babies were starving. What is going on down there, these people are black and poor and George Bush is letting them rot on the street. I talked to a friend Kelly from New Orleans, she got out of town before the storm but she told me that everyone from around there knows that
10’s of thousands of people are dead but the government is keeping it hush, hush. George Bush if you are the Commander and Chief than you need to do something. What a fu$king leader we have.September 2, 2005 at 2:51 am #112370
a dude from my work just flew out there, seems my company os setting up a relief kitchen for the refugee’s .. this is so shity?!? i still cant believe we have american refugee’s … i wonder if all those countries we helped out in the past are going to send us any money now that we got hit…. that would be cool to flip pancakes for all those survivors though… just to see the stoked out kids getting some good food! and milk!September 2, 2005 at 5:30 am #112371
This is terrible. I am willing to volunteer but where and with whom and what needs to be done? If any one knows, please PM me. Thanks.September 2, 2005 at 11:39 am #112372
Our local Redcross is doing a training tomorrow and sending a caravan down on Sunday. I just read it today in the paper. Check with the RedCross. I will PM you this information also, I just wanted to post it in case anyone else was wondering.September 2, 2005 at 2:38 pm #112373
San Francisco and beyond (from http://www.sfgate.com):
Friday, September 2, 2005
A number of relief agencies are accepting contributions for victims of
Hurricane Katrina. In most cases, the agencies prefer donations of
money rather than goods.
American Red Cross: To donate, go to http://www.bayarea-redcross.org; call
(415) 427-8000 or (800) 435-7669; or mail a contribution to 85 Second
St., Eighth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105.
The Red Cross will be assessing damage, operating shelters, providing
food and cleaning up. Two emergency response vehicles have already
left from the Bay Area, and more deployments are expected.
Salvation Army: Donations can be made via the group’s Web site,
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org; by calling (800) 725-2769; or by mail at
Salvation Army, Attention: Hurricane Katrina Fund, P.O. Box 193465,
San Francisco, CA 94119- 3465.
The organization expects to serve 400,000 meals a day to victims and
United Way of the Bay Area Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund: Donations
can be made online at http://www.uwba.org or by calling (800) 273-1779.
Operation Blessing: (800) 436-6348 or http://www.ob.org.
America’s Second Harvest: (800) 344-8070 or http://www.secondharvest.org.
Adventist Community Services: (800) 381-7171 or
Catholic Charities USA: (800) 919-9338, or http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee: (800) 848-5818 or http://www.crwrc.org.
Church World Service: (800) 297-1516 or online at http://www.churchworldservice.org.
Convoy of Hope: (417) 823-8998 or http://www.convoyofhope.org.
Lutheran Disaster Response: (800) 638-3522 or http://www.elca.org/disaster.
Mennonite Disaster Service: (717) 859-2210 or http://www.mds.mennonite.net.
Nazarene Disaster Response: (888) 256-5886 or http://www.nazarenedisasterresponse.org.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: (800) 872-3283 or http://www.pcusa.org/pda.
United Methodist Committee on Relief: (800) 554-8583 or
In addition, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is accepting donations at its 3,800
stores and Web site, http://www.walmart.com.
Several organizations are also accepting donations for animal victims
of the disaster:
American Humane Society: http://www.americanhumane.org.
Humane Society of the United States: http://www.hsus.org.
Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:
Local Forums and Resources:
The National Next of Kin Registry
Craig’s List neworleans.craigslist.org/laf/
NOLA.com (The Times-Picayune) http://www.nola.com/
RoommateClick.com Site offering a service for the New Orleans
homeless, free of charge.
State, Local, National Goverment Agencies:
Federal Emergency Management Agency: 1-800-621-FEMA; http://www.fema.gov
Louisiana Homeland Security: http://www.ohsep.louisiana.gov
City of New Orleans: http://www.cityofno.com/portal.aspx
Louisiana Governor’s Office: http://www.gov.state.la.us/
Mississippi Emergency Management: http://www.msema.org
National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
National Weather Service: iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/graphicsversion/bigmain.html
Hydrologic Information Center (river flooding):
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/oh/hic/index.htmlSeptember 2, 2005 at 5:26 pm #112374
THanks for posting that info. I’ve been very depressed about this and was wondering what the hell I can do. I live in the Bay Area near San Francisco and feel helpless because all we do is sit and watch TV. It totally sucks. We are doing a fundraiser at my job and will donate also to Red Cross. I wish I had the room in my home to bring a family here to CA to help them. JUst imagine all you have is gone. I also worry about the children and how are they going to attend school. It sounds minor but as a teacher, I think of those things. Does anyone know if they are going to school the children that are going to live in the tent citites and at the Houston Astrodome and the other makeshift shelters fo rhe next 4 months. Also, what are gas prices like by you guys? Out here in Livermore, CA it’s 3.11 at the safeway and 3.11 in Pleasanton Shell station.September 2, 2005 at 8:07 pm #112375
Here’s a link to a blog that a guy is keeping updated from within NOLA. He and some others are hold up on the 10th and 11th floors of the office building where they work (DirectNIC webhosting) trying to keep the servers going on generator power, so that their company doesn’t go under from this…
He’s not sanitizing this like the media is. It’s like a warzone in there and they have to worry just as much about securing the building from armed looters as they do for supplies, etc. To make things worse, the authorities are being extremely hostile toward the survivors…
They’ve got a webcam feed pointed at the street and plenty of pictures from the last few days. It’s absolutely facinating to be able to read an ongoing first person account like this.
In other news, my roommate works for the local sherrif’s office with emergency management. She said that she received many calls today from angry people claiming that the local Red Cross reps are very rudely turning away people who are offering help. One of the more noteable among them was a business owner in near by Gadsden county that offered a small fleet of large trucks, a full sized semi rig among them, gassed up ready to roll out to where ever they’re needed. The local Red Cross turned them down! My roommate gave the guy the numbers for some other organizations that may be more cooperative, but we don’t know if the guy found anyone or not. I’m not trying to slam the Red Cross here, they are a wonderful organization, it’s just that this local problem is part of a larger issue that I’ve been hearing about during this crisis… I’ve heard several accounts of people offering help, and being turned away by the authorities. Even so far as people standing outside of the Astrodome in Houston with food, water, blankets, etc., all of which are in short supply, and these people are being turned away by the Feds while there are people, cold and hungry, sitting right there inside the facility…
It seems that there is no shortage in goodwill and help, but the Feds are so mired in bureaucracy that they’re making things worse…
An entire, major US city has been effectively destroyed and our government is seriously dropping the ball. You can’t completely prepare or protect yourself or your city from a Cat. 5 hurricane… anything in it’s path is fucked, plain and simple, but it didn’t drop out of thin air. They knew it was coming a couple days in advance, and they’ve known for years what would happen in NOLA got hit by a major hurricane. There should’ve been a plan in action, supplies already gathered and ready to roll out *before* the thing even hit!
Sorry for the rant… I really only meant to post the link the the blog above, but I guess I need to get this off my chest…September 2, 2005 at 8:55 pm #112376
great to hear from you annastefka and mattman !! wow I checked out that blog from that guy keeping his servers going on the generators… what a dedicated worker!! holy crap i hope he’s packing more then that knife, in the picture….. wow.. this is so unbelievable, it is like 9/11 all over again…. what can we do….September 3, 2005 at 8:12 am #112377
SGParticipant"Mattman " wrote:They knew it was coming a couple days in advance, and they’ve known for years what would happen in NOLA got hit by a major hurricane. There should’ve been a plan in action, supplies already gathered and ready to roll out *before* the thing even hit!
That`s what I say.September 3, 2005 at 8:41 am #112378
I’ve read a lot of bad things, unfortunately, about the Red Cross– everything from corruption and greed in the upper echelons to (like Mattman said) people getting turned away.Ã‚ There was a couple on 60 Minutes once who had lost their house to flooding; the Red Cross gave them $40 and then used their picture, unauthorized, on the cover of one of their publications as an example of people that they’d "helped".
There are plenty of other charities on that list, though, that have better reputations.Ã‚ Also, one thing that has helped me has been talking to friends of mine in the South (a family in Louisiana, a friend in Texas, a few friends in Florida) and getting referrals to local charities from them.Ã‚ They know what the best ones are.Ã‚ If you don’t have contacts there, just take a few minutes to Google around for localized shelters and support groups– there are a lot to choose from.
Also, per the city’s preparedness, my understanding is that the mayor had been trying for years to get funding for the levee because he knew it was damaged and posed a serious risk if it ever flooded or broke.
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