8/28/2005

Daily Kos Mobilizes to help people hit by Katrina

Give Money Only, and Give to the Red Cross
by DHinMI
Sun Aug 28th, 2005 at 22:20:26 CDT

(From the diaries -- Plutonium Page.)

We had dozens of good diaries on this subject after the tsunami, and Markos and others did frontpage posts on this subject: the best way to help the folks destined to lose everything is to give to the Red Cross, and to give cash.

Unlike the tsunami, there's no question as to what organization is best suited to deal with this catastrophe in this locale: it's the Red Cross. They've already mobilized people from around the country to head to the Gulf region, and they're the best at dispensing aid, assessing needs and getting reconstruction going. They know what they're doing, and while not infalible, they're quite good. There's no need to reinvent the wheel.

And they don't need clothing, or canned goods or anything else. While your impulse to provide such items is admirable, they are experts at logistics, and working with FEMA and whatever other federal and state agencies are involved, they will get what's needed there in bulk much faster. It's actually very expensive for them to deal with contributions that aren't cash.

It's maybe a little abstract, and possibly not as satisfying as the thought that something you hold in your hand right now could benefit somebody in the disaster area. But the best way to help is to give money to the Red Cross, and to give it now.

Donate by following this link, or donate by phone at 1-800-HELP NOW.

And if you're inclined toward asking for help from other less earthly sources of assistance, now's the time to do it.

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Hurricane Katrina Open Thread
by Hunter
Sun Aug 28th, 2005 at 14:23:03 CDT

Last one's getting pretty full.

There were some very close calls in the last few years, but this time it's looking increasingly unlikely that New Orleans is going to be spared anything less than the full eastern surge of a category 5 storm.

As yet another someone who has family members in the area who tend to bluster and pshaw and ride these things out -- leave. Leave as soon as you can, and don't be an idiot. This is a category 5 storm hitting a city that exists in many places below sea level. It is expected at this point to crest the levees. If you stay in the mandatory evacuation area, you will die.

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Urgent Warning Thread: Hurricane Katrina Strength Unprecedented
by DarkSyde [Subscribe]
Sun Aug 28th, 2005 at 10:17:44 CDT

(From the diaries -- Plutonium Page... click here to read about the relationship between global climate change and increasing hurricane strength.)

NOLA CHANNEL 4 UPDATES HERE. STREAMING VIDEO HERE

11:00 AM UPDATE: KATRINA STRENGTHENS** & NOW TRACKING SLIGHTLY EAST OF NEW ORLEANS. LANDFALL PREDICTED MONDAY 10-12 AM [CDT] AT HIGH TIDE. SURGE COULD TOP 25 FEET W/WINDs > 190 MPH. MANDATORY EVAC!!! LEAVE ALL NEARBY COASTAL AREAS NOW! LEAVE NEW ORLEANS IMMEDIATELY OR SEEK HIGH SHELTER!


Steve Gregory of Weather Undergound now providing direct e-mails to me saying:

*URGENT DANGER* 10 AM est [9 AM CDT] Update: The latest RECON data and Hi-RES imagery indicates Katrina is now a Record Breaking and Extremely Powerful CAT 5 Hurricane. Central pressure of 908MB, an eye diameter of 22NM, and max winds of 153KTS (measured 2 hrs ago). This implies a Max sustained surface winds of 160mph, with gusts to 190mph.

Shelter and Pick-up points for Superdome (Superdome will soon be open to all) in area by Parish . Call 568-3200 for more info.

Kossacks offering/seeking Relief, Rooms available@no charge, and Organization Thread

More info below. This is an open Hurricane Thread and I will update throughout the day.

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