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Old 09-02-2005, 07:08 PM   #11
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My thoughts are with all of you and all of the other victims. This is really sad. I have been trying to contact my sister, but no luck yet.. I am not too worried though, they aren't too close to where was hit.
Amy, you are so wonderful for doing that! All of you are!!!
What's breaking my heart even more is seeing those who are taking advantage of this terrible situation, the looters, and the well.. worse!!!
I just don't understand people sometimes! :(
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Old 09-02-2005, 07:39 PM   #12
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Students started enrolling in our schools yesterday, and buses will begin picking the students up from the shelters after the holiday (Tuesday).
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Old 09-02-2005, 09:48 PM   #13
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Old 09-02-2005, 11:10 PM   #14
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I haven't checked the main forum in a while, i just posted the Red Cross link on my blog (although nowhere near as well as you, Silver).
I would like to remind people if they can't make a monetary donation, please think about giving blood. There are so many people hurt, and the hospitals are completely unusable, including all the supplies they had.
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Old 09-03-2005, 12:42 AM   #15
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It was mentioned on our local news tonight, that our city mission is arranging to bring hurricane survivors here. They said that it will take a few weeks to get things finalized (my guess is that they will be from the group staying in Houston after getting out of New Orleans). Our Lt. Gov also said that other communities within our state are making arrangements to provide shelter.

I'm going to call the mission tomorrow to see what kind of help that they need, once the people start arriving. I have gently used clothing for small children and women, so I'm hoping that once needs are found out, they can be used locally since the other charities aren't taking them now. Yes, the monitary donations are vital, but things are so hectic where this is concerned, that helping on the local level once people arrive means more to me. We have a great community here, and those that do start arriving will be well taken care of. It's just cutting through the red tape to get them here that's frustrating.

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Old 09-03-2005, 12:38 PM   #16
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I just received the following email from my uncle in Indiana:
Sharing with you a message forwarded to us via a friend/doctor from an associate trying to work in New Orleans. THe message was written on Tuesday and most likely have not improved.
Paul J.

Begin forwarded message:

I thought you might be interested in the message below from a physician at Ground Zero in the Ritz on Canal Street.

-- bill
William M. Tierney, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine

Aug. 31, 2005

This is a dispatch from New Orleans from Dr. Greg Henderson, a pathologist who recently moved to New Orleans from Wilmington:

Thanks to all of you who have sent your notes of concern and your prayers.
I am writing this note on Tuesday at 2 p.m.. I wanted to update all of
you as to the situation here. I don't know how much information you are
getting but I am certain it is more than we are getting. Be advised that almost everything I am telling you is from direct observation or rumor from reasonable sources. They are allowing limited internet access, so I hope to send this dispatch today.

Personally, my family and I are fine. My family is safe in Jackson, Miss.,
and I am now a temporary resident of the Ritz Carleton Hotel in New Orleans. I figured if it was my time to go, I wanted to go in a place with
a good wine list. In addition, this hotel is in a very old building on Canal Street that could and did sustain little damage. Many of the other hotels sustained significant loss of windows, and we expect that many of the guests may be evacuated here.

Things were obviously bad yesterday, but they are much worse today. Overnight the water arrived. Now Canal Street (true to its origins) is indeed a canal. The first floor of all downtown buildings is underwater. I
have heard that Charity Hospital and Tulane are limited in their ability to care for patients because of water. Ochsner is the only hospital that
remains fully functional. However, I spoke with them today and they too are on generator and losing food and water fast.

The city now has no clean water, no sewerage system, no electricity,
and no real communications. Bodies are still being recovered floating in the floods. We are worried about a cholera epidemic. Even the police are without effective communications. We have a group of armed police here with us at the hotel that is admirably trying to exert some local law
enforcement. This is tough because looting is now rampant. Most of it is
not malicious looting. These are poor and desperate people with no housing and no medical care and no food or water trying to take care of themselves and their families. Unfortunately, the people are armed and dangerous.

We hear gunshots frequently. Most of Canal street is occupied by armed looters who have a low threshold for discharging their weapons. We hear gunshots frequently. The looters are using makeshift boats made of pieces of styrofoam to access. We are still waiting for a significant national guard presence.

The health care situation here has dramatically worsened overnight. Many people in the hotel are elderly and small children. Many other guests have unusual diseases. ... There are (Infectious Disease) physicians in at this hotel attending an HIV confection. We have commandered the world famous French Quarter Bar to turn into an makeshift clinic. There is a team of about seven doctors and PAs and pharmacists. We anticipate that this will be the major medical facility in the central business district and French Quarter.

Our biggest adventure today was raiding the Walgreens on Canal under police escort. The pharmacy was dark and full of water. We basically scooped the entire drug sets into garbage bags and removed them. All under police escort. The looters had to be held back at gunpoint. After a dose of prophylactic Cipro I hope to be fine.

In all we are faring well. We have set up a hospital in the the French Quarter bar in the hotel, and will start admitting patients today. Many will be from the hotel, but many will not. We are anticipating dealing with multiple medical problems, medications and and acute injuries. Infection and perhaps even cholera are anticipated major problems. Food and water shortages are imminent.

The biggest question to all of us is where is the National Guard. We hear jet fignters and helicopters, but no real armed presence, and hence the rampant looting. There is no Red Cross and no Salvation Army.

In a sort of cliché way, this is an edifying experience. One is rapidly focused away from the transient and material to the bare necessities of life. It has been challenging to me to learn how to be a primary care physician. We are under martial law so return to our homes is impossible. I don't know how long it will be and this is my greatest fear. Despite it all, this is a soul-edifying experience. The greatest pain is to think about the loss. And how long the rebuid will take. And the horror of so many dead people .

PLEASE SEND THIS DISPATCH TO ALL YOU THINK MAY BE INTERSTED IN A DISPATCH from the front. I will send more according to your interest. Hopefully their collective prayers will be answered. By the way, suture packs, sterile gloves and stethoscopes will be needed as the Ritz turns into a MASH.

-Greg Henderson
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Old 09-03-2005, 01:04 PM   #17
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The biggest question to all of us is where is the National Guard. We hear jet fignters and helicopters, but no real armed presence, and hence the rampant looting. There is no Red Cross and no Salvation Army.
This is totally unacceptable. I'm not a fan of Baby Bush to begin with, but the govt's lack of timely reaction is criminal. Thanks for the post, Kel. I do hope that those people see some sort of significant relief soon.

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Old 09-05-2005, 04:44 PM   #18
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This is totally unacceptable. I'm not a fan of Baby Bush to begin with, but the govt's lack of timely reaction is criminal.
I agree... We're so quick to judge other governments who watch their people suffering or to judge those who are attacking those there to help, yet when crisis hits we are all just the same.

I feel fortunate to have all the amenities i do while others are suffering. I've given what i can financially but it doens't feel like enough.

My sister has a long-standing friend who has lost EVERYTHING. They lived in New Orleans and now have no home, no business (he's a nephrologist [kidney doc] and the practice has been obliterated) - nothing. They've decided to rebuild a life elsewhere and are never going back. I've decided to knit afghans for each of their three children. It's a small token but it's something that will help eventually.

But they're just one family.. there are so many others...

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