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Update

I'm listening to the national guard frequency mp3 stream, and starting to feel a little bit more hope for things. The news is a mixed bag tonight. Personal news isn't good, but overall news from the channel (a lot of it inferred information) indicates that things are moving in a positive direction. It's relatively quiet, but it's also late.

--On the bad news side, GaGa is now up a bit on the priority list -- we've been unable to contact her now for 36 hrs, and she's old and without communication. Uncle Al is still in his home and his phone works intermittently.

--That office of emergency preparedness set of contacts is good -- they're involved with the national guard. Get the word out. The folks on the other end answer their email and *respond* to concerns. When I told them about the convention center, I then heard activity on the national guard frequency that indicated that things are actually happening.

--There are now people in Nola who are actually coordinating the rescues and evacuations, with equipment and who sound like they know what they are doing. I understand that there are marine reservists on their way and some there already.

--These same people seem to be working pretty hard at maintaining order. I don't have a good sense of how many are involved, but there are definitely military, OEP, and three other agencies involved in the cross-talk.

--There are busses arriving at various locations around New Orleans currently, and people, food, and water *do* appear to be actively being moved in and out of the Superdome, the Quarter, and other areas of town now. Some kind of activity is near the post office by the bus station/Amtrak as well.

How much bandwidth can a stream like that take? If I post the link, will it go down because of the flooding of people into it, or are things of that nature fairly stable? I'll hang out for a little while and see if someone can reassure me that by posting it, I won't be killing this source of information. I'm more than a little panicked about things right now and at the end of my emotional rope.

Comments

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soundingsea
Sep. 2nd, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
It's possible to take a stream down if too many people hit it, and we've got no way to know how much bandwidth they have.

*hugs*
chrisjournal
Sep. 2nd, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
Nods. That's what I suspected. I'll keep my trap shut, but if someone pipes up that they've got a need, I'll share individually.

*hugs you back*
shadowlass
Sep. 2nd, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
I have nothing helpful to say. Just *hugs*

I'm keeping you in my prayers.
chrisjournal
Sep. 2nd, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
*hugs*

Same to you, my dear. I was thinking about you and your mom just tonight as I scanned my flist, and hoping we'd hear from you soon.
babyotto
Sep. 2nd, 2005 07:51 am (UTC)
Oh, honey.

There's nothing I can say or do right now, but I'm thinking of you, and of GaGa, and of all those people trapped in that hell.
paratti
Sep. 2nd, 2005 09:35 am (UTC)
Holds you so hard you can barely breathe.
(((Hugs)))

Lights the morning candle for you and yours.
caliente_uk
Sep. 2nd, 2005 11:35 am (UTC)
*hugs you tight*
ljs
Sep. 2nd, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)
[hugs hugs hugs] May there be good news soon.
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sandy_s
Sep. 2nd, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'm still praying for your family, hun. *HUGS you tight*
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