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Taking the night off, mostly

We've made contact with uncle Al -- he really, truly is okay and now in CA with his son, Scott. There are, apparently, still some Caserta cousins missing, but we do think they evacuated.

In process of working with Poynter and southern journalist assns to identify a family for our home.

Now the PSAs:

Please consider donating to direct-help organizations and shelters in states taking care of the displaced citizens of MS, LA, and AL -- I'm becoming nearly as disillusioned with Red Cross management as with FEMA. I liked the sound of the Clinton/Bush Sr. org meant to provide the state governor's with funding, but then I get scared as hell of Blanco getting her hands on money.

Finally, if you don't have money or objects to give, please *please* consider giving of your time and talent. Call the local school and see if they have evacuees that need help acculturating, maybe a ride around town to take care of business. Call a church or synagogue or your local Boy Scout troop. Offer to assist in their drive. If they tell you they aren't having one, offer to organize one. Gas stations will donate fuel, if asked. Truckers and movers will provide transport, if asked. Businesses will donate goods, if asked. But all that asking takes time. Get involved in the Wiki project at http://192.122.183.218/wiki/index.php/PeopleFinderVolunteer#How_to_help.

ETA (copied from a wonderful comment by fenchurche below):
Even if you don't live anywhere near the area, that doesn't mean there's nothing locally you can do. I've been pleasantly surprised by all of the options available to us, even as far away as Seattle is from Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

We're already expecting around 500 evacuees in the Seattle area. The Red Cross is currently taking and training volunteers to help in the call centers and organizing information about survivors, plus to help with the evacuees when they arrive.

While I was away last week, my church got together and assembled personal hygiene kits with donated items from local businesses (deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, that sort of thing) that were then sent directly down to Alabama on donated transport. And this is from all the way across the country in Seattle.

There's a local group (Seattle) here gathering new and gently used stuffed toys and blankets, as well as crayons and coloring books to ship off to the various evacuation centers.

Donating blood is something you can do anywhere, and most likely your local blood bank has already shifted some of their resources to the affected area and will need help replenishing their own supply.

(end edit)

Roger, over and out.

Comments

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sandy_s
Sep. 7th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
So glad your uncle is safe! *HUGS*
fenchurche
Sep. 7th, 2005 01:41 am (UTC)
Even if you don't live anywhere near the area, that doesn't mean there's nothing locally you can do. I've been pleasantly surprised by all of the options available to us, even as far away as Seattle is from Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

We're already expecting around 500 evacuees in the Seattle area. The Red Cross is currently taking and training volunteers to help in the call centers and organizing information about survivors, plus to help with the evacuees when they arrive.

While I was away last week, my church got together and assembled personal hygiene kits with donated items from local businesses (deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, that sort of thing) that were then sent directly down to Alabama on donated transport. And this is from all the way across the country in Seattle.

There's a local group here gathering new and gently used stuffed toys and blankets, as well as crayons and coloring books to ship off to the various evacuation centers.

Donating blood is something you can do anywhere, and most likely your local blood bank has already shifted some of their resources to the affected area and will need help replenishing their own supply.
chrisjournal
Sep. 7th, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
Fabulous list! Mind if I copy it up to the main post before I hit the hay? I know I'm sounding like a broken record to people, but this is just sooooooo huge and important.
fenchurche
Sep. 7th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
Go for it! I don't think it can be repeated enough!
fenchurche
Sep. 7th, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
And, actually, I was wrong about the number of evacuees we're getting.

Just found a Seattle Times article about it, and they're saying we've already gotten 200 evacuees and are expecting as many as 2,000 before all is said and done.
lounge_lily
Sep. 7th, 2005 02:52 am (UTC)
I'm so glad your uncle is safe.
chenanceou
Sep. 7th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
I'm happy you got good news, hon.

And you're right - friends in NY are doing blood drives, raising funds and basically, trying their hardest to do something to help.

One serious question - is the Red Cross not a good place to donate? Being so far it seemed like the safest thing.
chrisjournal
Sep. 7th, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC)
Nods -- the Red Cross is safe, I'm just *very* frustrated with them right now. The magnitude of what we're dealing with in this situation is so much different and broader than what they normally deal with, that we're probably testing the limits of the organization. While the scale of damage done by Katrina is easily as far-reaching as the Tsunami, the conditions in which the Red Cross are working are quite different, and probably American expectations are quite different, as well. Ultimately, it's a huge bureaucracy and the smaller, more focused agencies are doing a better job of getting immediate help to a lot of families, but because they *aren't* the red cross, they don't have resources to work with. I expect a couple of weeks out, the Red Cross, FEMA, etc. will improve their red tape issues, but right now they have me MAD.
claudia_yvr
Sep. 7th, 2005 04:54 am (UTC)
I'm very happy that you've managed to get in touch with your uncle! Hopefully, the news of your cousins will be likewise good.
petzipellepingo
Sep. 7th, 2005 10:21 am (UTC)
Great news about your Uncle! Michigan has gotten quite a few refugees already and the donations are piling up for them all around the area. One of the local hotels actually had to use the ballroom for all the stuff.
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