E2 Hurricane Katrina Resource Page
Thanks to jessicapierce, for suggesting this wu.
About our friends
This list, compiled in Katrina's wake, provides information regarding noders who live in or near New Orleans. It should not be viewed as comprehensive, and additional information should be forwarded to me or (if you are an editor) simply added. Most phone service, including mobile, to the New Orleans metro area is out. We hope that those unaccounted for are unreachable but safe.
Some mobile phone services weren't working at all in the American south; Sprint PCS and Verizon are two that have been verified. avalyn, in Nashville, has a Sprint PCS phone that didn't work at all, although it could receive text messages. That seemed to be about the limit of cell capability for, at least, Sprint PCS.
Latest status pages for:
- Verizon: http://news.vzw.com/news/2005/09/pr2005-09-02b.html
- Sprint/Nextel: http://www2.sprint.com/mr/news_dtl.do?id=8000
If you're missing people from the NOLA area, the Red Cross is running a locator service at 866-438-4636, though I expect it to be jammed. The Salvation Army has something similar at 847-709-6700.
Thanks very much.
Accounted for and safe:
- avalyn (drove to parents' house in TN)
- discofever (evacuated to Lafayette en route to Tulsa)
- Kodjo (was overseas; family evacuated safely)
- sauth (evacuated to Baton Rouge)
- shannonhubbell (in Texas with family)
To the best of our knowledge, no longer area residents:
Waiting for news from:
- It seems, no one.
To the best of anyone's knowledge, all New Orleans noders are safe.
mills writes: "For all of us here, it means quite a lot that others are thinking of us. My family and I are safe, as are all of my friends (even the needlessly thrill-seeking ones who stayed and now hide in their hot homes armed to the teeth). I am trying to get myself together to write something about Katrina, but her scope eludes me. Frankly, we are devastated. The loss of New Orleans, for me, is like an amputation. Anyway, thanks for your thoughts, and take care."
Read Katrina Shelter if you're interested in opening your home to people displaced by the hurricane and subsequent floods.
witchiepoo has created this excellent list of organizations to contact, if you want to help:
- Red Cross: 1-800-HELP-NOW or http://www.redcross.org/
- Episcopal Relief & Development: 1-800-334-7626 or http://www.er-d.org/
- United Methodist Committee on Relief: 1-800-554-8583 or http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/emergency/hurricanes/2005/
- Salvation Army: 1-800-SAL-ARMY or http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/
- Catholic Charities: 1-800-919-9338 or http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/
- FEMA Charity tips: http://www.fema.gov/rrr/help2.shtm
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster: http://www.nvoad.org/
- Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: http://www.la-spca.org/
- Americares: http://www.americares.org (suggested by redbaker)
- Charity Navigator: http://www.charitynavigator.org
- Noah's Wish: http://www.noahswish.org/ (Contributed by yclept)
- Humane Society: http://www.hsus.org (from hapax)
avalyn points out that his coworker, Mike, has been running this blog and webcam from the 10th floor of the Poydras Center downtown since the storm began: http://www.livejournal.com/users/interdictor/