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We've had a horrible time figuring out who to contact for elderly relatives who survived the storm but need help getting evacuated from their homes. Finally, today, we were successful. The information was difficult to locate, and the Red Cross, local authorities and other standard places that folks who are looking for help getting friends and loved ones help do not know where to send people. So. Without further ado, the place you need to contact to get a relative who needs help getting out is the local Homeland Security office for SE Louisiana. The contact information that we used to get through was:

Homeland Security offices in New Orleans/Orleans Parish

Orleans Joseph Matthews (504) 658-8700 (504) 658-8701

For questions or comments please contact

Jones, Art
Division Chief
(225) 925-7555
ajones@ohsep.louisiana.gov
Weiser, Richard
Asst. Division Chief
(225) 925-7556
rweiser@ohsep.louisiana.gov

Mr. Jones helped with my grandmother in mid-city and with an elderly uncle down in the quarter. Neither is able to get to an evacuation point, and frankly the local police are more dangerous than waiting for random rescue to occur. They are "medium" priority, but at least now we know that someone with the resources to get them out knows they are there and in what condition. Mr. Jones is a hero in my book.

I am astonished at how little coordination there is of evacuation efforts in New Orleans, and wonder why national media outlets aren't reporting these numbers to people...I hope this helps someone who needs it -- please pass it on if you see a need.

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ljs
Sep. 1st, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about your relatives all day -- thank you for the info. Will keep the prayers and candles going. [hugs]
chrisjournal
Sep. 1st, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
*big, huge hugs*

I really don't have words to describe how grateful I am for everyone's support. I find being helpless the hardest thing in the world, and that's pretty much what all of us with loved ones in the gulf coast trapped are right now.
pepperlandgirl4
Sep. 1st, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC)
I posted this info at the DKos. They're getting 900,000 unique hits per hour, so it'll get out there.
chrisjournal
Sep. 1st, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you, H. I really appreciate it. Humanity is an awesome thing.
ladycat777
Sep. 1st, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and I'm so glad you've heard about your family *squish*

*starts passing out that number to everyone*
chrisjournal
Sep. 1st, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
*squishes back*

Thank you, too, Andrea, for everything you're doing. It all makes a difference, put together. It just shouldn't be so godawful hard.
ladycat777
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
I didn't honestly do much. And I just found out I can't do anymore; they're trying to lock down communications -- which I actually approve of -- and while I'm quite sure I'll get calls when tim's in a bind, I'm not longer an active participant.

Part of me is grateful -- I'm not fond of being in positions like that, frankly. Pressure doesn't suit me. But hearing about armed gangs going around not just looting, but raping?

This isn't my country, dammit.
paratti
Sep. 1st, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking about you and yours.
(((Hugs)))
chrisjournal
Sep. 1st, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC)
Please keep thinking those positive thoughts, for mine and for the thousands of other folks in the Gulf coast area.

*something* is helping, and it's not our highest leaders and institutions.

I cannot imagine how horrible it must be down there right now, and I am livid at our national media, at our leaders, and at the complete lack of coordination and reliability of the governmental systems that are *meant* precisely for the protection and safety of our citizens.
sandy_s
Sep. 2nd, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
Good info to have... Are your family members okay? *HUGS*
chrisjournal
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
They are wearing out. Uncle Al is out of water, but his also elderly neighbor has a lot and is sharing. GaGa we have not been able to get through to since early Wednesday, but at that time she was doing okay and still had water and food, though was horribly uncomfortable and a little afraid. Weary is the right word for both of them, right now, I think. I'm spending a lot of time praying and fighting the rage and despair, honestly.
opalescence
Sep. 2nd, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
That's great news. I am going to cross-post this everywhere I can.
chrisjournal
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
It certainly won't hurt. Now if the poor fellows there can just *do* something to get the folks on his list out of there. I've been afraid to watch TV coverage -- hs there been any announcement of military arrivals in Nola??? I'm praying hard for that.
nashvillain615
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:52 am (UTC)
God bless you for all this wonderful information. I'm praying hard and have been all day. Makes it hard to concentrate when your head and heart is elsewhere.

I love you

K
chrisjournal
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
Tell me about it, sweetie. *loves you too*
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