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Old 08-30-2005, 02:46 PM   #31
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I have heard same thing as Marm about the Red Cross (sorry to say). Adopted American Grandma has never supported them after her sons went to fight in Vietnam and RC came in and charge troops for stuff like coffee and donuts. Salvation Army came in and gave everhything free nice people to talk to, refreshements, etc. (Her story was something along that line).
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Old 08-30-2005, 04:08 PM   #32
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Just an update on the in-laws. Everyone got back to their homes this morning - no major damage. Lots of limbs to clean up. No electricity but I think they are prepared to deal with that.

The news from Katrina's path is devastating. My prayers and thoughts are with all involved.
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Old 08-30-2005, 04:33 PM   #33
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I'm glad to hear that, callie. There is no water, electricity, etc. in New Orleans and no Red Cross or anyone else in the city yet (although they are apparently waiting to get in).

If anyone knows about hotel availability in the Baton Rouge area or thereabouts let me know. I have an elderly cousin who made it to BR but is getting kicked out of his hotel tomorrow to make room for emergency workers.

No one who left New Orleans is being allowed back in. Those of you with loved ones who evacuated might consider wire transfers of cash to the local bank accounts of those they are staying with or to Western Union, and you might suggest they think about arranging temporary changes of address as well. They will likely have to phone the entities they do business with via the US Postal Service to notify them of a different address rather than depending on change of address cards, because mail already being sent thru New Orleans is likely to just sit there with no one to deliver it and no place to deliver it.

Hope this helps.
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Old 08-30-2005, 04:44 PM   #34
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This is such scary stuff! I can't imagine being safe but away from home, wondering what, if anything, if left standing back home. Mud, I hope your folks are doing OK. I heard that at least one of the lake's levees broke and I thought of them.

Just checked the headlines and the mayor of New Orleans is issuing a manditory evacuation of the entire city!
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Old 08-30-2005, 04:51 PM   #35
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PA, this is truly unprecedented. My folks are in health, under a dry roof, have transportation and credit cards, and are still overwhelmed.

Because the media are focusing on stupid areas like Bourbon Street, they have no idea if their home still has a roof, is underwater, or whatever.

More than one levee has been breached, which is why the aerial shots you see on TV show so much water everywhere. They are moving critically ill patients to the Superdome, which already has overflowing, fetid toilets, no air conditioning, and is already crowded with people, But the water is rising in at least 3 hospitals and the patients cannot be taken care of there anymore.

It's even worse over in Mississippi in Gulfport, Biloxi, and the little towns that surround them, altho I hear at least aid stations are available over there.

Plaquemines Parish, southeast of the New Orleans area, has suffered terribly as well, and they can't even get helicopters in to film the damage. At least 25% of that parish (i.e., county) is just GONE.
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Old 08-30-2005, 04:52 PM   #36
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I thought about getting a care package together to mail to my in laws...but I wonder IF and WHEN they might get it. They are in the Baton Rouge area.
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Old 08-30-2005, 05:00 PM   #37
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callie, I would call UPS or FedEx or someone like that and see if that's possible. Good idea. I think Baton Rouge is probably in better shape than the towns farther south.
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Old 08-30-2005, 05:19 PM   #38
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Thanks, mudbug - great idea! I was just thinking of USPS. I will look into it. I'm sure I can find some useful things for them and maybe some fun stuff, too.

I hope your cousin finds a safe and comfortable place to stay.
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Old 08-30-2005, 06:31 PM   #39
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went to fight in Vietnam and RC came in and charge troops for stuff like coffee and donuts.

You are so right!! Same thing took place in Korea.
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Please....do not judge them by these incidents that have happened. The organizations are all made up of kind, loving, people who give up their time and energy to help others. They are like every other organization...a few bad apples in the bunch....and that can't be helped...but I am amazed the way I have seen them come through so many emergencies...and help so many people. I lost everything in a fire about 15 years ago. Home...clothes....pictures...everything. Both organizations helped me to get back on my feet. Even though I am sure there are a lot of "bad" stories....I think the good ones far outweigh them. I hope I am not wrong.
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