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#21 Posted on 29.8.05 1233.12
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Go figure.

I'm away from Florida during the hurricane season and the hurricane decides to come to ME in Louisianna.

We're getting some heavy rain and wind and it's been suggested by the guy that runs this hotel I've been at to perhaps find a shelter since I'm on the second floor.

I've been through these in Florida though, so I'm just gonna stick it out by drinking heavily.

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#22 Posted on 29.8.05 1250.10
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10,000 people in there, but the structure itself seems okay, they're just gonna get a bit wet.


I'm off to go call the Alabama Red Cross and volunteer for emergency services. Being unemployed comes in handy sometimes.
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#23 Posted on 29.8.05 1530.58
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This may go without saying, but seems like this would be a good time to contact your preferred disaster relief agency and donate clothes, blankets and the like.

I'm also going to tap a vein on the way to work.
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#24 Posted on 29.8.05 1626.33
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Many school systems here in Tennessee have already closed for Tuesday since it appears that much of the aftermath will move north, covering our state.

Still nothing like the people down south of us are getting.
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#25 Posted on 30.8.05 0307.14
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I go to Tulane. I spent my summer on Guam, and flew back to New Orleans on the 27th. My flight was delayed in Nagoya and it took a full day before I was back in the States, so I heard nothing about the impending hurricane until I was passing through airport security in Detroit.

When my friend picked me up from the NOLA airport, he told me to get out of the city ASAP. I flew out to Houston eight hours after I got there. I'm worried about my friend and his girlfriend, who were asleep with the assurance that they would be able to catch a 7 PM flight out on the same day that the airport closed at noon. Listening to WWL, Mayor Nagin says that 80 percent of the city is now underwater, there's a boil water notice because water mains have burst, an oil tanker has run aground and is leaking oil, the Twin Spans Bridge is destroyed, there's a hole in the Superdome, power will be out for months, and looters are stealing beer and hard liquor from convenience stores and swimming away. That last bit is so typical of New Orleans that it's almost funny except that it makes my chest ache.

Fuck. If anyone is in the mood to be flippant about this, I will punch them in the throat.
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#26 Posted on 30.8.05 0551.58
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http://www.nola.com/
The Times Picayune (New Orleans Paper) website has lots of updates and photos.

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/
(Biloxi/Gulfport paper)
BTW, Biloxi is my moms half of the family's home town. Seems shit got tore up pretty bad.


    At DeBuys Road at U.S. 90., the Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants were obliterated.

    In Biloxi at Edgewater Village, most of that shopping strip mall was devastated. The McDonald's is gone, the Village Sports Pub is gone.

    The Hard Rock Casino on Casino Row in Biloxi, which was scheduled to open next week, will have to be rebuilt. The superstructure was severely damaged.

    There have been reports that there are several casino barges that were pulled out of water and onto land.

    Elvis Gates, a State Farm insurance agent in Long Beach, went to downtown to survey damage. He found nothing left. ``Everything south of Second Street is gone. The harbor is gone.''

    St. Thomas the Apostlic Catholic Church, which sits on U.S. 90, celebrated its 100th anniversary in August. It is now gone.

    When Camille hit in 1969, Long Beach residents were able to hold Mass in St. Thomas School gym. There is nothing left of that but the superstructure.

    First Baptist Chruch in Long Beach has been leveled. Other reports indicate that everything south of the tracks received catastrophic damage. Part of U.S. 90 collapsed in front of Edgewater Village.




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#27 Posted on 30.8.05 0804.21
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    That last bit is so typical of New Orleans that it's almost funny except that it makes my chest ache


It sounds weird compared to daily existance, but it's totally one of those typically odd things that happen 24 hours after a major hurricane.

After Hurricane Andrew 13 years ago in Miami, the most familiar sights during the first few days after were people out on their front lawns with their handguns/rifles/shotguns in hand waiting for people to try and loot their house, and because emergency and police services were stretched so thin at that point, it was utter lawlessness. People would be shot at for stepping on someone's lawn, let alone coming any closer.

Plus there was the bizarre story at the time about a band of lab monkeys that had escaped during the storm and there was a false rumor that spread very quickly about these monkeys carrying the AIDS virus. So there were incidents of both looters that were shot at on sight and monkeys that were shot at on sight.



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#28 Posted on 30.8.05 0834.54
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    Originally posted by Brian P. Dermody
    This may go without saying, but seems like this would be a good time to contact your preferred disaster relief agency and donate clothes, blankets and the like.

    I'm also going to tap a vein on the way to work.


Actually Ive heard that organizations like the red cross prefer cash to anything else, because logistically its difficult to clean/move/distribute thousands of donated blankets etc. They appreciate whatever you can give but I think they prefer cash.
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#29 Posted on 30.8.05 1353.11
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My God. Some of the video airing today on Fox News Channel is absolutely incredible. New Orleans looks like a 3rd World country after a monsoon. Seems the only way to get around town is to be winched off your rooftop by helicopter...scary.

The rest of us may be feeling a pinch from Katrina soon; a co-worker with family at a local oil/gas wholesaler says the price at the pump is expected to rise $0.25 per gallon in Katrina's wake. I've heard some stations in northeast Wisconsin are already at the f'n $3.00/gal mark, while others hold steady at $2.69.

Just a heads-up...but then again, at least we can still drive. Our streets haven't become rivers, like the Gulf Coast areas.

Thoughts and prayers to the folks down there.
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#30 Posted on 30.8.05 2345.15
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As bad as this is, can you imagine what this would look like if Katrina had hit New Orleans head-on? If some of those high-rises - and especially the Superdome - had been bowled over by the storm, I would seriously wonder when - if ever - New Orleans would have returned to "normal".

Steph

P.S. Any idea how much of the Louisiana National Guard is in Iraq?
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#31 Posted on 31.8.05 0152.26
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American Red Cross; How to Donate

Canadian Red Cross; How to Donate

If you're American and donating, you can choose to directly donate to the 2005 Hurricane Relief Fund. Canadians will have their donations sent wherever they're needed automatically unless they specify where they want the money to go when they donate.

EDIT: DVDVR also has their "Telethon" thread rollin'...

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#32 Posted on 31.8.05 0643.13
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I have a friend who is a reporter for the Times-Picayune and he spent the night of the storm in a bank vault.

Saw some of the video of the looting this morning (as I am sure everyone did) and I just have to shake my head listening to the people justify and rationalize their actions.

And once they do get the two levee breaks repaired, it is still going to take forever to get all the water pumped out.

Gas - $2.53 yesterday - $2.61 today

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#33 Posted on 31.8.05 0947.16
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    Originally posted by Stephanie
    Any idea how much of the Louisiana National Guard is in Iraq?


4109 http://www.whatreallyhappened.com

What a mess.

Even though I'm a recovering, nonpractising Catholic, I've found myself praying more and more lately.

Thank God for the Coast Guard.
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#34 Posted on 31.8.05 1442.16
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And sure enough, here come the scammers.

SANS, an agency overseeing Internet and computer security, has detected a bunch of "charity" sites simply looking to steal your money. For example...

Katrinarelief.com
Katrinacleanup.com
Katrinahelp.com

...will all lead you to a crappy-looking site where you can "donate through PayPal"...but your credit card cash ain't gonna help nobody except crooks.

F*cking pathetic human beings.


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#35 Posted on 31.8.05 1821.58
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The health-and-welfare Amateur radio network is mostly on 14.265 MHz, shortwave, Upper sideband, if you wish to listen in.
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#36 Posted on 31.8.05 2034.05
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FYI -- NBC is airing a telethon from 7-8 p.m. CDT Friday. I'm stopping out at our local Red Cross to donate some money tomorrow.

There are times where I love working in television, when there's creation; however, in times of destruction like this -- it breaks my heart.

(Edit -- just NBC -- not other networks, and it's Friday for the show)

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#37 Posted on 1.9.05 1321.15
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Here's a blog written by a guy holed up in a data centre on the 10th floor of a New Orleans high rise. Scary as hell, but fascinating reading.
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#38 Posted on 1.9.05 1322.44
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NOLA native Fats Domino hasn't been seen or heard from since Monday.

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#39 Posted on 1.9.05 2123.45
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Reportedly, Domino was rescued by helicopter...

A really good accounting of the media coverage, etc, is at Glenn Hauser's DX Listening Digest....here is the lionk to the latest issue:

http://www.w4uvh.net/dxlatest.txt
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#40 Posted on 1.9.05 2346.00
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I'm back online after three days of no power in Birmingham. I also start my Red Cross work in earnest in the morning, though they're keeping me here to handle overflow instead of sending me anywhere, at least until I can get in some volunteers to run the computers in my absence.

I'm still trying to catch back up on all the news, but is anybody else outraged that everything that can fly people and equipment isn't in New Orleans right now? That the majority of our National Guard aren't getting down there until Saturday? There are thousands of people trapped down there with no food, and no water, and all I see is a dangerously slow response that should've been in place to go a week ago.

From what little of CNN I've been able to see, the Red Cross were the only ones who were even remotely prepared for this, and even then I'd consider us only barely on the ball here.
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