Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Over the last few days, I Nyquiled myself to relative health and well-being. I would like to shake the hand of Nyquil's inventor. I find that quadrupling the dose when feeling especially under weather really helps the healing process.

Some good news and sad news. Let's start with the sad, since that's probably what everyone is used to on this blog.

Relatively updated Red Cross assessment:
Of the 171,000 homes in the six coastal counties of Mississippi, around 103,000 have either been destroyed or sustained major damage. That number comes from an aerial assessment and does not include those houses that local officials will tag for condemnation and demolition.

Looked at another way, one-third of dwelling in this area have been destroyed. And yet another way, only 16,000 homes sustained no damage at all.

Zooming out to the Katrina affected region, FEMA numbers have about 300,000 people displaced. Of that, only about 100,000 will have the means (insurance, savings, etc) to deal with their own living situation. 200,000 will require FEMA assistance.

I got into these numbers for a FEMA housing article which should be coming out in the Sun Herald tomorrow.


Thinking of happier things:
It is about time to start reckoning for all of the outside help that flooded into the South during the emergency response stage, which is drawing to a close. The thanks go to the other states that chipped in but, even more so, to countries all over the world that contributed. They showed that all of us little monkeys running all over the earth really are connected in a deeply empathetic way.
I would like to push at least this newspaper, and others, to give the recognition that these places deserve. As such, please post here if you know of any municipally-sponsored relief that your town, state or country gave. I will compile the list and try to do something with it.

Here's who I know:
Canada-
Canadian Navy Divers
emergency relief supplies

The Netherlands-
emergency relief and medial supplies

Korea-
emergency relief and medical supplies

Mexico-
Mexican Salvation Army

Greece-
Authorized the use of Greek cruise ships for temp housing

US States
State of Florida-
Miami-Dade Urban Search and Rescue
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Various state, county and city agencies

State of New York:
FDNY
NYPD

Colorado:
City of Carbondale

Indiana:
Various state, county and city agencies

Georgia:
GA Bureau of Investigation(?)

Alabama:
various state, county and city agencies

I'm blanking because I've seen so many trucks and badges over the last four weeks. So please post here if you know of something or you can fill in some details. I'll put it together into that list I mentioned and post it here.
Thanks.

26 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer said...

The University of Minnesota offered tuition waivers and immediate enrollment for students affected. Here's an aritcle that appeared in our newspaper:

http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2005/09/12/65056

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

The Swedish government sent 3 GSM network communication stations and personnel from the telecommunications company, Ericsson, took over responsibility for them upon their arrival. They arrived in Little Rock and were transported to New Orleans by semi.

(Source http://www.ericsson.com/about/ericssonresponse/pressroom/articles/press_katrina_sept13_05.shtml)

More articles:

http://www.thelocal.se/article.php?ID=2018&date=20050904

http://www.thelocal.se/article.php?ID=2067&date=20050912

12:01 PM  
Blogger Networkchic said...

McDonalds Corp in Chicago, IL has set up a whole division dedicated to finding displaced employees. They are also offerning loans that can be paid back at 2$ a paycheck and have waived all insurance fees and deductibles.

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michigan has taken in 1,000 homeless victims from Katrina. The Michigan Humane Society has sent teams down to help find animals and various shelters have taken in animals throughout the state. Police officers as well as firefighters have gone down to the disaster area's and helped out. Through various fundraisers 250,000 cases of water were sent down along with clothing, canned food and more than $30,000 dollars (in the Lansing area alone).

1:05 PM  
Blogger Blue Dog Art said...

Urban Search & Rescue Team--Fairfax County, Virginia

Urban Search & Rescue Team--Montgomery County, Maryland

(Both of the above teams have been re-deployed for Hurricane Rita.)

The District of Columbia opened a shelter with room for 400 evacuees at the DC Armory. I believe they took in a hundred or so evacuees.

Penn State University has accepted displaced students.

This is a link to the American Institute of Graphic Arts page to help displaced graphic designers: http://www.displaceddesigner.com/

1:19 PM  
Blogger The Fergoosons said...

The Students of Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Air, Kansas donated several thousands dollars in items and money to the Victims.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Tracey Rose said...

Yes, Georgia has it's own GBI for state criminal investigations. Don't know about what their involvement with Katrina was. I know the GA state patrol helped in at least LA.

Keep up the good work and glad you're feeling better.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Either The College of New Jersey or Rutgers Univ. took displaced students.

Blank Rome, LLP (a law firm in Philadelphia and a few other locations) donated 100K.

I believe the Pennsylvania National Guard also sent people to the Gulf

Lo

2:39 PM  
Blogger Notorious Monster said...

Im glad you are telling the story that the f-ing news won't tell us!!!

2:44 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

wow; what a list. restores some faith.

5:20 PM  
Blogger SingingOwl said...

On my recent trip to help in Gulfport and Waveland, I saw police from New Jersey and Ohio. Also met several other Wisconsinites, and a group arrived from Oregon the day we left.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Liz J said...

I know you asked for municipally-funded stuff, but I'd like to tell you what my church has done. Hope Chapel (www.hopechapel-sr.org) in Santa Rosa, CA along with a group started by some of the members (called UGO4GOD--they are hoping to become a non-profit) have rallied the church and the community together to donate clothes, supplies, their time, etc to support the gulf coast. We were able to send four truck and trailer loads to the New Orleans area and have already flown an additional team to the area to support the relief effort. At least four more teams are in the works. I, personally, will leave October 4th for one week, to work in whatever position necessary. To find out more, check out ugo4god.com and ugo4god.blogspot.com. Be amazed.

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's Mid-Missouri news is still loaded with Katrina relief stories. Just to mention a few....MO Nat. Guard 128th's deployments, MO Task Force One's deployments, Jefferson City adopting Waveland, MS, (see www.jeffcityhelps.org for details), Columbia's Disaster Recovery Center finding homes and jobs for about 100 families that have relocated to Columbia...(See www.komu.com for more on these and others.)

By the way, Josh and Mike, thanks so much for this site. It has brought a much needed perspective for those of us who used to live there and care so much for the people there.

Keep up the extraordinary work...it's much appreciated.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Jillian V said...

The Vancouver Urban Search & Rescue team (out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) was on the ground in Chalmette, LA within days of the storm hitting. They were one of the first USAR teams in the area.

Vancouver USAR Blog of the experience.

Vancouver USAR Website

4:19 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Nebraskans aid in Katrina recovery efforts:
Lincoln search and rescue team on the way
By the Lincoln Journal Star

The Federal Emergency Management Agency deployed a pared-down version of Nebraska Task Force 1 to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

More than 34 rescue workers — including doctors, structural engineers, Omaha firefighters and 21 members of the Lincoln Fire Department — left around noon Tuesday on a 20-hour bus ride to Fort Shelby, Miss. The fort is a staging area for rescue efforts, but the team’s exact plans were not known, said Steve Van Hoosen, Lincoln Fire Department spokesman.

The team, which normally consists of 56 members, likely will stay 10 days, he said.

Power crews headed south

OPPD: About 30 Omaha Public Power District workers left Monday for Louisiana and Mississippi to help repair power lines, said spokesman Jeff Hanson.

NPPD: Twelve line technicians from Nebraska Public Power District left Monday to help with power restoration.

Firm looking for cleanup workers

A Pennsylvania company is calling for 300 workers from the Lincoln area to help with cleanup in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Work USA Inc., a Lincoln-based employment agency, ordered a Journal Star classified ad looking for workers to clean debris, dry out houses and buildings and possibly remove mold and asbestos, said Oleg Stepanyuk, staffing manager for Work USA.

Omaha houses evacuees: http://www.theomahachannel.com/news/4966246/detail.html?subid=22100461&qs=1;bp=t

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

North Carolina Baptist Convention are assisting people with debris clean-up and with cleaning our their houses from completely tearing up the inside to just removing some sheet rock and spraying and cleaning for mold. They are also doing a medical clinic and serving hot meals at Pass Rd Baptist. I saw a police car from Kansas on my way to work yesterday and one from Overland Park, KS this morning.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kentucky Utilities(Lexington, KY) and Pike Power Company from one of the Carolina's was working on our power right after the storm

5:31 PM  
Blogger Maryb said...

The county I live in in FL, Citrus, has adopted Hamilton County. We have been filling up trucks with cleaning supplies and tents, etc. We will also be providing support over the long term. We are a costal county of about the same size.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Florida State EOC adopted several Southern Counties (Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson at least that I know of) and took over all emergency management functions. ESF2 (Communications) was there working on the 911 system and setting up an amateur radio repeater since for a while, hams comprised most of the communication in the area. The Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society has been rotating teams of amateurs in and out for the last several weeks along with other clubs, groups, and individuals from the American Radio Relay League. We have been doing everything from police/fire/EMS communications to supply runs for the PODS and helping map out the water cubes and getting coordinates on them so they can be found and resupplied.

I also saw folks from Rhode Island Urban Search and Rescue, Nashville Fire Dept (they even gave me fuel from their tanker when I was running low) and Tallahassee Police Dept. These are just a few of the many t-shirts, hats, and vehicles I saw at the EOC; there were so many more from so many different walks of life.

The 9/11 memorial on the side of the FDNY firetruck I found in Pearlington seemed especially touching. It just seemed incongruous to see such a big-city piece of apparatus in a small muddy Mississippi town. I wondered if the firefighters were experiencing culture shock, but figured that with the sites, sounds, and smells around, they were probably just in shock.

I cried when I left; there is so much left to do. My 16yo son who travelled with me as navigator and asst radio operator cried too. The hardest part was going home to my modest, but relatively comfortable home (with working utilities) with a largely unfinished job in our rearview mirror.

Unfortunately we have other storms to get ready for, a family to feed, and schoolwork to catch up on. The cellphone network was almost reliable, so ham radio wasn't needed as much.

My prayers are with you.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous zenegra said...

Tadalafil
Cialis
Zenegra
Stop4rx
Zenegra
Stop4rx
ZENEGRA
VIAGRA
Generic Viagra

Zenegra

ZENEGRA

Zenegra

zenegra
mp3 players
buy mp3 players
cheap mp3 players
wholesale mp3 players
portable mp3 players

Zenegra

ZENEGRA

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

of course, we definitely cannot forget the Rainbow coalition. I can't believe I left them out of my list above. They had some of the best food around. Incidentally, while I ate at several Aalvation Army trucks, I saw very little of the Red Cross.

7:34 PM  
Anonymous zenegra said...

Zenegra

9:29 PM  
Anonymous zenegra said...

Tadalafil
Cialis
Zenegra
Stop4rx
Zenegra
Stop4rx
Generic Viagra

Zenegra

ZENEGRA

Zenegra

zenegra
mp3 players
buy mp3 players
cheap mp3 players
wholesale mp3 players
portable mp3 players

Zenegra

ZENEGRA
purchase viagra
viagra
buy Cialis
Cialis
buy Cialis
Cialis

10:57 PM  
Blogger tadalafil said...

generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
zenegra
cheapest zenegra
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis
generic cialis

6:22 AM  
Anonymous zenegra said...

penis enlargement pill
buy viagra
viagra
Tadalafil
Cialis
Buy Viagra
tadalafil
Zenegra
Stop4rx
tadalafil

Zenegra

ZENEGRA

Zenegra

zenegra
mp3 players
buy mp3 players
cheap mp3 players
wholesale mp3 players
portable mp3 players

Zenegra

ZENEGRA
purchase viagra
viagra
buy Cialis
Cialis
buy Cialis
Cialis

3:05 PM  
Anonymous herbal viagra said...

Herbal Viagra

7:18 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home