--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.