Helping Those Impacted by Hurricane Katrina
Like many of us, I’ve been glued to the TV watching the latest news on Hurricane Katrina. The devastation is heart-wrenching. There’s news all over the Web, of course, about what’s going on, including weblogs popping up. Today’s post includes a selection of helpful links of how to help and how to follow the coverage of this horrendous disaster.
In addition to links to latest news and personal accounts, if you’d like to lend some kind of help to those impacted by Hurricane Katrina, a good place to start is via the Katrina Help Wiki. They list information about volunteers needed, support and relief information, news resources, and so much more. Google News is constantly updating.
A few other helpful and information sites are:
- nola.com: Everything New Orleans, including their Hurricane Katrina Photo Galleries
- DeadlyKatrina.com: News and information about Hurricane Katrina
- Kaye’s Hurricane Katrina Blog
The devastation is so widespread, and as I write this post, the TV (such as CNN, Fox News, MSNBC) shows live coverage of people being rescued from rooftops via helicopter rescue teams where flood waters are so high that only the roofs of homes are visible. The numbers who lost their lives will continue to increase as rescue and recovery teams risk their own lives trying to help others. The SuperDome in New Orleans with 24,000-30,000+ people, acting as a last-resort shelter, now must be evacuated due to the rising flood waters from the levee breaks. How are they going to get them out and to safety?!
All those living in these areas really need our help. If you donate funds or supplies, watch out for scams that are already cropping up. You might consider sticking with the well-known sources, such as the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army. The above Katrina Help Wiki has information on how to help, too.
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