OT: Hurricane Katrina Aftermath

I can not believe the devastation. 80% New Orleans is underwater, and the water is still rising. How horrible!

Please consider donating, if at all possible.
American Red Cross**
1-800-HELP NOW
1-800-257-7575 (Spanish)[/color]

**[free knitting CD from KH if you donate $50 to the Red Cross via KH, see my post below. ~Amy]

Hope you don’t mind if i add another group that is working down there too. THey are working to save as many of the forgotten victims as possible…the animals. http://www.noahswish.com/

thanks for posting, this Silver (and Brenda)

A high-school friend and his partner are down there - they have been living in NOLA for years and years. I just called his mother who lives in my area, and she hasn’t heard from them yet. I’m praying for them, and everyone else.

the saddest thing about all of this is that his mother has lost two sons already - my friend is the last child of hers - oh this is just horrible

I’m offering a free KnittingHelp CD-set to folks who donate $50 to the Red Cross via this site. Details here. We raised over $1,000 this way in January for Tsunami victims.

I hope we can help some of the families that are suffering right now. Can you imagine loosing your home and your job and everything like this? We need to take these folks under our wing however we can. :heart:

I feel so disconnected - I got back to school a few days ago and since I don’t have a tv, I just found out this morning. I know some people who go to Tulane, but their school email is down so I don’t even know if they had already gone back and had to be evacuated.

I keep reading news articles saying it could be over a month before the flood waters go down and they can get power back. This is so unreal.

I saw a girl from Tulane interviewed last night and she’s afraid that she won’t be able to graduate in January like she planned. Many students have already transferred because they don’t know how long the school is going to be closed.

I have a friend whose son and dil own a restaurant in NO. I have no idea how badly it was damaged.

It’s such a horrible, horrible situation.

my manager was trying to get me to call one of my clients yesterday in NO and get their physical address. Couldn’t get him to understand what he was asking… :rollseyes:

i think the most horrible thing right now is the fact that they are going to have such a hard time getting relief supplies in there. for the most part the only way to get into NO is over the bridges and they were so badly beaten that if they didn’t collapse they really have to be checked to see if they are safe before they can go over them. I am really worried about their ability to rebound from this. New Orleans is the backbone of the louisiana economy and if they can’t rebuild the state is going to be in HUGE trouble. :crying:

I just got this email from WEBS (www.yarn.com) about their support:

Dear Customers, over the past couple of days, all of here at WEBS have been moved by the devastation that Hurricane Katrina has brought the Gulf Coast. The magnitude of this tragedy is overwhelming. We met with our team here and we all agree that we need to do something. So, starting today, for the next 10 days, we will donate 10% of all purchases to the American Red Cross. If you order on-line, over the phone or shop in our Northampton store, 10% of your purchase, through September 10th, will be given to the hurricane relief efforts of the Red Cross. There is nothing special you have to do, just shop.

We hope you will join with us in supporting this very worthwhile cause for the people who have lost so much across the Gulf Coast States.


I currently am living in Louisiana, and even though we were not even close to being hit, have to share my experiences with Katrina. I am a Program Facilitator with one of the school districts and spent most of the morning in a meeting to determine how to help and handle all of the displaced people/students.

Our shelters are overflowing with people and we’ve been told to expect more. There isn’t enough space, food, water, linens, hygiene supplies, etc. Even getting the students into our schools will be a problem - no space, not enough teachers, transportation, food, clothes, books, supplies etc. Many of our employees and students have family they haven’t heard from. Today, we found out that one of the Administrative staff lost at least one family member and still hasn’t heard from another.

Many who have survived have lost everything. I use to think that meant home, pictures, cars – material possessions. Now I know it means so much more - a way of life.

I know I have rambled. But as I sit here, I realize how fortunate my family is tonight. We haven’t lost anyone, we have our homes, we have our jobs, and we know how we will make it through tomorrow.

Maggie, glad to hear you’re ok. I’m expecting about 25,000 new neighbors–I live right down the street from the Astrodome in Houston, where they’re relocating many of the people from the Superdome. They said that they’re going to have the space available as a shelter through at least December. I can’t even imagine how difficult it would be to be displaced like that.

My thoughts are with all of you and all of the other victims. This is really sad. I have been trying to contact my sister, but no luck yet… I am not too worried though, they aren’t too close to where was hit.
Amy, you are so wonderful for doing that! All of you are!!!
What’s breaking my heart even more is seeing those who are taking advantage of this terrible situation, the looters, and the well… worse!!!
I just don’t understand people sometimes! :frowning:

Students started enrolling in our schools yesterday, and buses will begin picking the students up from the shelters after the holiday (Tuesday).

Another good charity:

Second Harvest

I haven’t checked the main forum in a while, i just posted the Red Cross link on my blog (although nowhere near as well as you, Silver).
I would like to remind people if they can’t make a monetary donation, please think about giving blood. There are so many people hurt, and the hospitals are completely unusable, including all the supplies they had.
And don’t forget our furry friends.

It was mentioned on our local news tonight, that our city mission is arranging to bring hurricane survivors here. They said that it will take a few weeks to get things finalized (my guess is that they will be from the group staying in Houston after getting out of New Orleans). Our Lt. Gov also said that other communities within our state are making arrangements to provide shelter.

I’m going to call the mission tomorrow to see what kind of help that they need, once the people start arriving. I have gently used clothing for small children and women, so I’m hoping that once needs are found out, they can be used locally since the other charities aren’t taking them now. Yes, the monitary donations are vital, but things are so hectic where this is concerned, that helping on the local level once people arrive means more to me. We have a great community here, and those that do start arriving will be well taken care of. It’s just cutting through the red tape to get them here that’s frustrating.

I just received the following email from my uncle in Indiana:

Sharing with you a message forwarded to us via a friend/doctor from an associate trying to work in New Orleans. THe message was written on Tuesday and most likely have not improved.
Paul J.

Begin forwarded message:

I thought you might be interested in the message below from a physician at Ground Zero in the Ritz on Canal Street.

– bill

William M. Tierney, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine

Aug. 31, 2005

This is a dispatch from New Orleans from Dr. Greg Henderson, a pathologist who recently moved to New Orleans from Wilmington:

Thanks to all of you who have sent your notes of concern and your prayers.
I am writing this note on Tuesday at 2 p.m… I wanted to update all of
you as to the situation here. I don’t know how much information you are
getting but I am certain it is more than we are getting. Be advised that almost everything I am telling you is from direct observation or rumor from reasonable sources. They are allowing limited internet access, so I hope to send this dispatch today.

Personally, my family and I are fine. My family is safe in Jackson, Miss.,
and I am now a temporary resident of the Ritz Carleton Hotel in New Orleans. I figured if it was my time to go, I wanted to go in a place with
a good wine list. In addition, this hotel is in a very old building on Canal Street that could and did sustain little damage. Many of the other hotels sustained significant loss of windows, and we expect that many of the guests may be evacuated here.

Things were obviously bad yesterday, but they are much worse today. Overnight the water arrived. Now Canal Street (true to its origins) is indeed a canal. The first floor of all downtown buildings is underwater. I
have heard that Charity Hospital and Tulane are limited in their ability to care for patients because of water. Ochsner is the only hospital that
remains fully functional. However, I spoke with them today and they too are on generator and losing food and water fast.

The city now has no clean water, no sewerage system, no electricity,
and no real communications. Bodies are still being recovered floating in the floods. We are worried about a cholera epidemic. Even the police are without effective communications. We have a group of armed police here with us at the hotel that is admirably trying to exert some local law
enforcement. This is tough because looting is now rampant. Most of it is
not malicious looting. These are poor and desperate people with no housing and no medical care and no food or water trying to take care of themselves and their families. Unfortunately, the people are armed and dangerous.

We hear gunshots frequently. Most of Canal street is occupied by armed looters who have a low threshold for discharging their weapons. We hear gunshots frequently. The looters are using makeshift boats made of pieces of styrofoam to access. We are still waiting for a significant national guard presence.

The health care situation here has dramatically worsened overnight. Many people in the hotel are elderly and small children. Many other guests have unusual diseases. … There are (Infectious Disease) physicians in at this hotel attending an HIV confection. We have commandered the world famous French Quarter Bar to turn into an makeshift clinic. There is a team of about seven doctors and PAs and pharmacists. We anticipate that this will be the major medical facility in the central business district and French Quarter.

Our biggest adventure today was raiding the Walgreens on Canal under police escort. The pharmacy was dark and full of water. We basically scooped the entire drug sets into garbage bags and removed them. All under police escort. The looters had to be held back at gunpoint. After a dose of prophylactic Cipro I hope to be fine.

In all we are faring well. We have set up a hospital in the the French Quarter bar in the hotel, and will start admitting patients today. Many will be from the hotel, but many will not. We are anticipating dealing with multiple medical problems, medications and and acute injuries. Infection and perhaps even cholera are anticipated major problems. Food and water shortages are imminent.

The biggest question to all of us is where is the National Guard. We hear jet fignters and helicopters, but no real armed presence, and hence the rampant looting. There is no Red Cross and no Salvation Army.

In a sort of cliché way, this is an edifying experience. One is rapidly focused away from the transient and material to the bare necessities of life. It has been challenging to me to learn how to be a primary care physician. We are under martial law so return to our homes is impossible. I don’t know how long it will be and this is my greatest fear. Despite it all, this is a soul-edifying experience. The greatest pain is to think about the loss. And how long the rebuid will take. And the horror of so many dead people .

PLEASE SEND THIS DISPATCH TO ALL YOU THINK MAY BE INTERSTED IN A DISPATCH from the front. I will send more according to your interest. Hopefully their collective prayers will be answered. By the way, suture packs, sterile gloves and stethoscopes will be needed as the Ritz turns into a MASH.

-Greg Henderson

The biggest question to all of us is where is the National Guard. We hear jet fignters and helicopters, but no real armed presence, and hence the rampant looting. There is no Red Cross and no Salvation Army.

This is totally unacceptable. I’m not a fan of Baby Bush to begin with, but the govt’s lack of timely reaction is criminal. Thanks for the post, Kel. I do hope that those people see some sort of significant relief soon.


This is totally unacceptable. I’m not a fan of Baby Bush to begin with, but the govt’s lack of timely reaction is criminal.

I agree… We’re so quick to judge other governments who watch their people suffering or to judge those who are attacking those there to help, yet when crisis hits we are all just the same.

I feel fortunate to have all the amenities i do while others are suffering. I’ve given what i can financially but it doens’t feel like enough.

My sister has a long-standing friend who has lost EVERYTHING. They lived in New Orleans and now have no home, no business (he’s a nephrologist [kidney doc] and the practice has been obliterated) - nothing. They’ve decided to rebuild a life elsewhere and are never going back. I’ve decided to knit afghans for each of their three children. It’s a small token but it’s something that will help eventually.

But they’re just one family… there are so many others…