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CherokeeKid
08-31-2005, 12:06 AM
Greta was reporting about the devastation, Hurricane Katrina caused. She mentioned some very useful info:

For Help and Donations,
please contact the Red Cross:

1-800-HELP-NOW


For Help to Find Lost Ones:
(Family, Relatives, Friends...)

1-866-GET-INFO

www.Gulfcoastnews.com (http://www.Gulfcoastnews.com)

CherokeeKid
08-31-2005, 12:09 AM
A Plea for Help from Governor Dean:

This week millions of Americans fled Hurricane Katrina. Across the South families abandoned their homes and businesses, not knowing what would be there when they returned.

Many stayed behind and suffered devastating loss and injuries -- nearly a hundred have died that we know of, and hundreds of thousands need our help.

America is at its best when we realize that we are one community -- that we're all in this together. That means that each one of us has the responsibility to do what we can to help the relief effort.

The Red Cross is a great place to start:

http://www.redcross.org (http://www.redcross.org)

They are already moving people and resources into the region to help. Donations will provide clean water, food, and shelter for disaster victims. The Red Cross web site also has important information for victims and their relatives across the country.

Many local Red Cross chapters are organizing volunteers to travel to affected areas -- doctors and nurses to provide medical care, workers to build shelters, first responders to assist in rescue operations.

You can find your local chapter here to learn what you can do:

http://www.redcross.org/where/chapts.asp (http://www.redcross.org/where/chapts.asp)

We are still learning the full story of the devastation, but there is no time to wait. Please do something now.

Thank you.
Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

CherokeeKid
08-31-2005, 12:14 AM
And to help the poor Animals effected by Katrina:

Humane Society of the United States
DISASTER STRIKES: HSUS Mobilizes to Save Animals
https://secure.hsus.org/01/katrina_relief/nepz0p_M19RtL (https://secure.hsus.org/01/katrina_relief/nepz0p_M19RtL)?
*************************************

<P>In response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina
yesterday, The Humane Society of the United States has launched
a massive relief effort to rescue animals and assist their
caregivers in the disaster areas.
<p>


Even as you read this, our highly-trained Disaster Animal
Response Teams are heading to Mississippi to begin a multi-state
animal rescue and recovery effort. Our 38-foot Disaster Response
Unit and other rescue vehicles affiliated with our teams are
fully stocked and on their way.

Our entire relief effort is funded by donations from people like
you, and we desperately need your support. Please make an
emergency contribution to our Disaster Relief Fund today. Your
tax-deductible gift will be used exclusively for our disaster
animal relief work. Click here to make your gift:
https://secure.hsus.org/01/katrina_relief/nepz0p_M19RtL (https://secure.hsus.org/01/katrina_relief/nepz0p_M19RtL)?

Even at this early stage, Katrina promises to be one of the most
devastating hurricanes on record. Please keep the human and
animal victims in your thoughts, and please consider making an
emergency donation today to help our disaster relief teams save
as many stranded and injured animals as possible. My dedicated
corps of professionals and volunteers sends our gratitude as we
get set to enter the disaster zone.
https://secure.hsus.org/01/katrina_relief/nepz0p_M19RtL (https://secure.hsus.org/01/katrina_relief/nepz0p_M19RtL)?

Sincerely,

Laura Bevan
Incident Commander
HSUS National Disaster Animal Response Team
Florida Panhandle Staging Area

P.S. As the leader of our on-the-ground disaster relief efforts,
I can tell you first-hand that the difficult and dangerous task
of saving animals' lives in disaster situations is vital not
only to the animals, but to the people who love them, too. Any
support you can provide for our animal relief work is deeply
appreciated. Click here to make your contribution to the Humane
Society Disaster Relief Fund:
https://secure.hsus.org/01/katrina_relief/nepz0p_M19RtL (https://secure.hsus.org/01/katrina_relief/nepz0p_M19RtL)?

mic730
08-31-2005, 12:17 AM
Thx CK for this great info. :) :)
I made a donation to the Red Cross on Sunday before it hit and this devastation was known.
I may make another but I will surley send one to the animal rescue.
GREAT POST CK!

AZ_Veteran
08-31-2005, 12:21 AM
This is a real gut wrencher for me. I was in Homestead helping in the relief efforts the fourth day after hurricane Andrew hit in '92. People walking all over the streets, homeless with nothing but the shirt on their backs. Absolutely no buildings standing. That was more of a wind storm than Katrina, which was both wind, storm surge, and rain.

New Orleans probably will never be the same. If the water keeps rising, and it probably will, the entire French Quarter will be under 10' of water and destroyed. Bodies already floating in the streets, no idea how many people still stuck in their attics with still rising water. No electric anywhere in NO, no potable water unless it is brought in (can't do that yet), no sewer systems, a 50 inch diameter water main broken, levees at Lake Ponchartrain are compromised (broken), no food, 20,000 to 30,000 people in the Superdome and the water is rising and the toilets haven't been able to be flushed for two days, and the people have nothing !!!!!!!!!

I sent in my donations to the Red Cross and Salvation Army a few minutes ago. If it buys a few meals or some water, at least I feel that I have helped.

Dammit all anyway. Hate to see people suffering like that. Thanks for the thread.

mic730
08-31-2005, 12:33 AM
AZ Veteran it does not suprise that a vet would be one of the first to step up and make a donation!

CherokeeKid
08-31-2005, 12:36 AM
YW, Mic and AZ-Veteran.

I just made a donation to the Red Cross and to Human Society Animal Rescue.

This disaster I beyond what I could ever imagine. I'm so sad for all the people who lost their lives or loved ones. And for all the animals who got killed or lost of suffer! So very sad :(

But also for New Orleans. Especially the French Quater. My husband and I spent some time there when we travelled the USA. It will never be the same...

mic730
08-31-2005, 12:41 AM
The French Quarter - on of my fav places. I honeymooned there but spent some time there in college also.
The devastation is off the charts and I feel terrible for man and beast in the area.
As soon as the FQ is back up I plan a visit to shpw my support and love!

girasole
08-31-2005, 12:58 AM
Thanks CK. It's always important to contribute what we can.

Some former coworkers and I started a little group thru which we provide monies and goods to stricken peoples.
We began this in 1998 during the El Salvador floods, so let me suggest if anyone is thinking of sending something other than money, here are some good suggestions.

Toothpaste and brushes
Sanitary products
Disposable diapers
bar soap and wash cloths
talc and foot powder
plastic baggies (small and large)
mosquito repellent
paper towels and toilet paper
baby bottles and formula

Pet food (all types) check with your local vets

many of your local churches will take these things and send them on. Or contact your local town officials for more information

rollerbladr123
08-31-2005, 01:10 AM
Thanks CK for the links and everybody else for their postings; ARC is always the best to donate to under such situations IMO. The scale of this tragedy has just begun to unfold...

lyon77
08-31-2005, 07:59 AM
On the Drudge report I read that 5 NAVY SHIPS and 8 MARITIME rescue ships are being sent to the region. This is truly a national disaster. God Bless America!!

Judy2291
08-31-2005, 08:20 AM
Thanks CK for the reminder about pets. I've already sent donations through the Luthern Fund which I feel gets more actual money to the survivors. But, after watching the ARC's effort on TV today, I do need to send them something too. I am so blessed to have a job that pays me enough to help out a little. I don't mind giving up my non-essentials for a few months. So many of these people had so little, and even that is gone now.

Unfortunately, I think we are going to see more shootings, looting, and uprising within the next few days. This is a war like situation where civilization takes a back seat to people literally doing what is necessary to survive.

AZ_Veteran
08-31-2005, 10:16 AM
AZ Veteran it does not suprise that a vet would be one of the first to step up and make a donation!
Tks, Mic. I have seen so much human tragedy crap in my life, that a few bucks to maybe help others in trouble is really miniscule in my finances, and in the scheme of life.

mic730
08-31-2005, 11:15 AM
It was suggested last night on LKL that a crusie ship may be a good temp. shelter for these displaced victims of katrina. The Astrodome in Houston (GOD BLESS TEXANS and their kind hearts) must only be temporary.
Any ideas on if this cruse ship idea is viable? Before I start sending email to the cruise lines I thought I would see if it is even workable.
Hope it is ok to post this here!

anneoakley63
08-31-2005, 11:16 AM
All of my family is from Mississippi and still live there. They are 225 miles inland and will be without water and power for 3-4 weeks. I too donate to the Red Cross, but in addition, I am collecting water, non-perishable foods and batteries to deliver to my home county on Saturday. I have been told that the Red Cross will be working in the areas affected along the coast, so I'm doing what I can to help the ones who are so far inland. I've tried to get help from our local radion stations, but they won't even talk to me. All of us who have families affected by this storm truly appreciate all the help that others are giving. You'll never know how much it means. Thank you!

AZ_Veteran
08-31-2005, 11:17 AM
If any of you folks have loved ones who you cannot locate in the coastal areas, CNN has set up a website to coordinate and try to locate those individuals. Just send names, other personal info, pictures, contact phone#s, etc to:

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2005/hurricanes/feedback/index.html

Massive Navy, Army, and Air Force equipment and personnel are being staged and deployed from Norfolk, Ft.Worth, and other locations. They are awaiting a "go ahead" from FEMA. The Navy will have landing ships (troop ships) that can run right into or onto the beach (Normandy style) to transport survivors to offshore warships and hospital ships. 50 rescue helicopters are ready to go from Ft. Worth. Superdome refugees and workers will be bussed from the Superdome to the Houston Astrodome as soon as the logistics are worked out.

CherokeeKid
09-01-2005, 08:36 PM
To pet owners near Lafayette, LA

forwarded with permission:

> I don't have time to spend on the internet finding and learning how
> to post right now. Please just let all members know that we have
> opened a pet shelter at Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette, right next
> to the Cajundome. Evacuees may bring their pets their for housing.
> We have PLENTY of food, water, crates, cages, bedding and
> newspaper. BUT the owners are responsible for feeding, watering,
> walking and medicating their own pets.
> Interested parties may call Lafayette Parish Animal Control at
> 337-291-5644 for more information.
> Also many area vets are accepting animals right now, until they fill
> up. Get the Yellow Pages out!
> Please help me to get this word out. I've been working non-stop!
> THANKS!
> Nancy Marcantel

concernedperson
09-01-2005, 08:40 PM
I found a house for a family of six and have donated what I can but we need to do more. Keep it going because citizens will ultimately make the difference.

mic730
09-01-2005, 08:40 PM
CK can you post this also in the Jury Room under the thread about Katrina?
As an animal lover this just tugs my heart.
I will do it if you want me to.

CherokeeKid
09-01-2005, 08:47 PM
CK can you post this also in the Jury Room under the thread about Katrina?
As an animal lover this just tugs my heart.
I will do it if you want me to.
Mic, please go ahead, copy and post it wherever you want. We are huge animal lovers, too. We have a housefull of abandoned dogs.

mic730
09-01-2005, 08:58 PM
Mic, please go ahead, copy and post it wherever you want. We are huge animal lovers, too. We have a housefull of abandoned dogs.

Done. Thx for the info.
2 dogs and 1 cat here not counting the stray cat with 3 kittens. All I do is change cat litter. No worries they have homes to go to in the next week.

arielilane
09-01-2005, 09:46 PM
I have made my donations and pray for our people in LA, MS and AL.

Nawlins was an awesome place, unlike any other city in the US. I will miss it forever...


ariel

CherokeeKid
09-01-2005, 11:00 PM
Done. Thx for the info.
2 dogs and 1 cat here not counting the stray cat with 3 kittens. All I do is change cat litter. No worries they have homes to go to in the next week.
Good!! Make sure they will get spayed and neutered. Kittens and puppies are old enough to give birth at 9 months of age.

We have currently nine large dog and one cat. They sleep in my bed, on my couch and reign the house. LOL

rollerbladr123
09-01-2005, 11:08 PM
I have made my donations and pray for our people in LA, MS and AL.

Nawlins was an awesome place, unlike any other city in the US. I will miss it forever...


arielAriel Nawlins will be back WITH a vengeance-guaranteed-no question-can't imagine good ole USofA without the big easy

On a sad note, Fats Domino is missing from his downtown Big Easy apartment-it was in the low lying part of town-he decided to ride out the hurricane and refused to evacuate-his manager last heard from him Sunday night-lets hope and pray that Fats and all other missing are found safe.


ETA: Fats has been rescued!!!! Yesss

AZ_Veteran
09-02-2005, 04:26 PM
I don't know how many of you are following the news, or don't have cable TV, but Fox News is "guesstimating" that there are over 10,000 dead in the attics of the homes that the retrieve and rescue workers have not been able to get to yet. If true, the worst national disaster in USA history in terms of human life and property damage. There will be a lot of discussion in congress as to whether New Orleans should be rebuilt or not. Maybe just the port part of it, but no French Quarter, no older parts, no parts that are at lowest levels.

concernedperson
09-02-2005, 06:40 PM
I don't know how many of you are following the news, or don't have cable TV, but Fox News is "guesstimating" that there are over 10,000 dead in the attics of the homes that the retrieve and rescue workers have not been able to get to yet. If true, the worst national disaster in USA history in terms of human life and property damage. There will be a lot of discussion in congress as to whether New Orleans should be rebuilt or not. Maybe just the port part of it, but no French Quarter, no older parts, no parts that are at lowest levels.

The French Quarter is not as in bad shape as other areas. The Mississippi River side is for the most part intact. The suburbs, north, south,east and particularly the ninth ward are in dire straights.

We are getting stories from shell-shocked relatives now. One went back into Metarie to see their house.....double bad but took the dogs out and didn't even think to bring clothes or other necessities. Checked on the kids home and at first thought to lie to them about how much water was in there. Hoping it would go away. Mental health issues will be facing all Americans for years to come.

CherokeeKid
09-02-2005, 07:12 PM
Humane Society of the United States
HURRICANE UPDATE: HSUS RESPONDS TO KATRINA
https://community.hsus.org/ct/qdz0p_M1_zgy/ (https://community.hsus.org/ct/qdz0p_M1_zgy/)
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In the past few days, we have all watched in horror and
disbelief at the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

In the midst of this tragedy, all of us at The Humane Society of
the United States have been heartened by the tremendous
outpouring of support for our disaster relief efforts in the
region. I'm proud to say that because of your support, our
response to assist animals and their caregivers has been
immediate.

Shortly after the hurricane slammed into the Gulf Coast, HSUS
teams were on the ground determining the areas where the most
critical relief was needed. Today, experienced HSUS rescue staff
and volunteers are working with state officials, federal
agencies, and other organizations to evacuate animals out of the
hardest-hit areas. They are also establishing pet-friendly
shelters and delivering supplies, resources, and medical
assistance.

In Louisiana, we're helping to set up an emergency facility at
the Coliseum in Baton Rouge where strays will be brought,
evaluated, and then transported to safety. While thousands of
people are being evacuated from the New Orleans Superdome and
relocated to Houston to be sheltered in the Astrodome, HSUS
volunteers are helping transport animals from evacuees arriving
at the Astrodome and ferrying them to the temporary shelter,
which will be fully operational today.

In Mississippi, seven HSUS disaster field teams left to conduct
damage and needs assessments and to provide help as they find
needs from Jackson south to the Hattiesburg area. The HSUS team
includes about 35 trained responders and 8-10 vehicles (plus
trailers and RVs), including the HSUS Disaster Response Unit.
Team capabilities include companion animals, horses, farm
animals, and wildlife. The team leaders are pushing very hard to
get help to Gulfport, Mississippi, but at this time Route 49 is
open only to state-authorized emergency vehicles.

We will continue to keep you updated on our efforts and we
expect to be granted more access to the hard hit areas over the
weekend. So many pets are trapped and alone, and we are
determined to find and rescue them. And - we plan on being there
as long as it takes.

Again, I want to personally thank you for your generosity at
this time. Quite simply, we would not be able to provide the
relief needed for stranded and injured animals in a crisis of
this magnitude without your help.

Sincerely,

Laura Bevan
Incident Commander
HSUS National Disaster Animal Response Team
Jackson, Mississippi

P.S. - Thank you for your recent donation to our Disaster Relief
Fund. Your support is so important to our efforts. If you
haven't already, please click here to let your friends know how
they can help as well:
https://community.hsus.org/ct/qdz0p_M1_zgy/ (https://community.hsus.org/ct/qdz0p_M1_zgy/)

kgeaux
09-02-2005, 08:18 PM
My city has set up a relief center for pets, too. It's wonderful that it's there, but it is sad to think that the evacuee is in the Cajun Dome and his pet is elsewhere. The evacuees are taken to their pets at least twice a day to spend time with them and walk them, etc.

Dara
09-02-2005, 08:22 PM
I don't remember if this has been posted, but I found this link earlier:

Hurricane Housing (http://www.hurricanehousing.org/)

Posters can offer beds or find housing.

concernedperson
09-03-2005, 12:37 PM
This is ajc links for refugees that are streaming into Atlanta. Housing, banks, schools, how to get energency food stamps etc. Lots of info.

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/breaking/katrina/gethelpguide.html