by JS2012, 9/5/05 20:15 ET
Please put the word out that fuel is needed for approx. 150 18-wheelers ready to deliver supplies to the stricken areas in need. We are not asking for cash or checks or other donations, we just need gas cards for the drivers to use. You can buy them at most gas stations and at WalMart. Also, soon T-chek and other fuel card accounts may be created to make it easier to donate over the internet.
This relief is not going to the shelters and places that the Red Cross and FEMA are already handling. These supplies will go to churches, private shelters, and supply tents in areas that people still inhabit, but are living in shambles and the Red Cross isn't there. I may be gone shortly to join a search/rescue team and may not be able to check this forum or email.
I am relaying this infor for Ronnie Flores who is heading up this campaign. He really needs the help and if you have questions or ideas of ways to help out, you can reach him at 318-752-8562 or 225-247-6843. Fuel cards can be sent to 2826 Misty Lane, Suite 91, Bossier City, LA 71111. - attn. Citizens Disaster Relief. Thanks and pass the word on. He has trucks and supplies ready to go.
This is a repost of some definitive information from my friend who drove through last night.... 9/04/05.
On Sunday night, 6:00 pm.
I have a friend who works on a merchant marine ship that is docked up past Audobon Park on the Missisippi river. He and some shipmates took a couple cars and rifles and drove into the uptown area.
They drove down Magazine street to Napolean, and up to Prytania, to the 4100 block of Prytania to check on my house. No flooding along the way, some trees and power lines down. He said everything was quiet, a few locals wandering around. I only had one window broken in my building from wind damage, no flooding, and all seemed quiet.
I was disappointed that he said there was not too much of a national gaurd / military presence, but it has been increasing, and there is a staging area at Audobon park and they are now going on 24 hr patrols on the non-flooded parts of uptown.
He is going to make another trip in today or tomorrow around 6:00 pm. They are bringing food and water to people they met along the way. There was one tourist couple, foreigners, who could not speak english who are just kind of lost, maybe staying somewhere around there. He gave them all the food and water i had in my apartment, and is going to try and contact the national guard to help them. They met some other people along the way, and they are going back in tonight to bring more food and water to people they ran into.
They are doing this as private citizens, hoorah for the merchant marines...
2210. FROM A FEMA WORKER IN THE MISSISSIPPI
by ramonaRN, 9/5/05 19:27 ET
I know everyone is hurting over the devastation. But my husband is a FEMA worker in Gulfport trying hard to do an impossible job. He is struggling alongside the vicitms, but some areas they cannot even get to yet. There are more than 2,000 workers FEMA workers out there. All sleeping in cars, going wihtout showers, food, water for days. They do this willingly and feel it is no sacrifice at all to try and help. They have a hard job to do, they are passionate about helping and sacrificing all they can. Please stop beating up on them. I miss my husband and fear for his safety daily. He will be there months on end and his children miss him terribly as they are young. He devastated at the pain he is seeing, hungry, tired and determined. He went voluntarily like most FEMA workers do and he is happy to be there to do what he can. They all are. They are doing the best they can. Please just be a part of the solution and pray for everyone sacrificing themselves there to help these families. It hurts everyone to heap on criticism. They feel the pain there and are working as hard as they can. I know, I listen to the pain in his voice every night.
I will update this post as I encounter things -- I want to remember these things, show them to my children, and take them with me when I retire to New Orleans some day.