This has turned out to be a larger disaster than anyone imagined. Here are some ideas on how you can help in the relief effort.
[American Red Cross through Apple iTunes]
I used Apple iTunes (100% goes to the Red Cross) but all are great organizations.
[North American Mission Board Disaster Relief Fund]
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This is a truely great thing you are doing to aid the poor souls in the Gulf states, particularly New Orleans, which I had the pleasure of living in during my high school years. This is a disaster of epic proportions, which we all know, and in addition to the hurricane’s destruction the weather in New Orleans at this time of year is horrific! Extreme humidity, deadly snakes and the most God awfull bugs I have ever seen. I have donated to the Red Croos by phone two days ago and it took me 1/2 hour to get through so Americans are pulling toghethr as usual. I would like to add that if people wish to aid the abandoned animals, the ASPCA is already down there and needs money. ASPCA.ORG – not to take away from the people who need help but they also be very happy if there pets were rescued. God bless you Jonathan, our fellow Americans in need and this great country.
Yeah, this is a truly serious problem. A question that comes to mind, is why did the people of New Orleans all not vacate when they heard the hurricane warnings? They had ample time before the hurricane hit land. If that had been achieved, we would not have the crisis in New Orleans escalate to the situation it did.
Where would many of residents go? A disproportionate number of the people left behind did not have the means to leave. Who anticipated the multiple breaches in the levees? As they say, hindsight is 20/20.
Unfortunately, I think it is human nature to hope for the best and stick our heads in the sand. Like Jonathan says – we are all doing the monday morning quarterback thing. Going forward this stuation is prognosticated by many experts on the subject of coastal flooding to repeat itself due to global warming ( which is not really happening, of course?) raising the ocean levels in all lowlying coastal areas. Maybe we should enlist the aid of the world experts on flooding – the Dutch. They have the most advanced megastructures to stop the North Sea from destroying the country, novel ideas like allowing certain areas to be flooded to save more densely populated areas and building homes in thoses areas on barges! Pretty cool.