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Hurricane Katrina

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I wasn't going to say anything about Hurricane Katrina at all. We have family missing down there and I can't concentrate on the noise around any of it. I've just been posting some pre-written stuff and a comment here or there, these past few days for a distraction.

I'm looking through:

http://www.katrina-survivor.com
http://wx.gulfcoastnews.com/katrina/status.aspx
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2005/hurricanes/list/index.html
http://katrina.earthlink.net/people/search
http://www.hurricanerefugee.com
http://www.familylinks.icrc.org/katrina/people
http://connect.castpost.com/
http://katrina.streetlampsoftware.com/

Submitted a search request for them here:
http://www.tsasw.org/qso/healthandwelfare.asp

Any other good lists from reputable agencies I should be looking at? Any better ways to find them? I'm all ears.

It feels too hopeless to be going through the I'm-OK/Where-Are-You boards and I really don't want to post personal info in public.

We have reason to believe they're right near the disaster area, close to New Orleans International, so I don't know if they'd even be able to get online if they knew to do that. I really do hope the family is wrong that they're still in there. I hope they all packed up beforehand and took off to his sister's in California... without his cell... and we're just losers for not being able to find his sister's phone number.

And this is me NOT thinking about the wild ass rumours that a Taiwanese couple, who ran a local business there, were gunned down. Really.

[Update - Monday, September 6, 2005 - 0840h]

We found them!!

They've been in Texas the whole time. All four of them are okay.

I guess their cell provider doesn't have roaming coverage =P That's what made us think they were stuck in the disaster area. And text messaging would not have worked during the time that there was no power to the base/relay stations and towers. If they were out, we were assuming we'd get them on a roaming network.

What gets me is that they're back home now O_o I wasn't the one that talked to them this morning, so I couldn't ask what the hell they're doing going back there though...

The roof of their house is a bit torn up, but everything else is okay. No one went through their house or anything. Their store is probably in some undetermined state of shambles, but whatever. They're safe =)

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bardiphouka
Sep. 5th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
So far as I know, that rumour is nothing but that..a rumour. Bear in mind that there are hundreds of thousands of people with no land phone at the moment. I know that cell phones have just started working regularly even as far north as Jackson, so I would assume that New Orleans is still lagging. I know several cell phone providers are trying to move equipment into the area specifically for the purpose of family notification.
bride
Sep. 5th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks =}

They're still trying to call him. I said to try text messaging instead and I might work up the nerve today to tell them to JUST HUMOUR ME...
kat_box
Sep. 6th, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
Please do. Like I said to you before, at our last fire marshall/emergency preparedness meeting in our office building we were told that text messages are sent differently than cell phone calls. Therefore, in an emergency they're more likely to get through first.

If you want to give them something, you can go to http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/06-10-2005/0003832215&EDATE= and go down about 2/3 of the page to the "Staying in Touch" section. They say it right there.
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bride
Sep. 5th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
*hugs* back =}
compscilin
Sep. 5th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
I hope they got out safe. Rumors are crap. The other day, there were initial reports that New Orleans police shot contractors crossing a bridge to fix it, when in reality, they were saving the contractors from people shooting at them.

If your folks turn up in Baton Rouge, let me know how I can be of help.
bride
Sep. 5th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much =}
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bride
Sep. 5th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
I did, but I can't figure out where their results are...
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bride
Sep. 6th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
Thanks =}
fazia
Sep. 6th, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
You might start with NOLA:
http://www.nola.com/

And then Houston's ABC news website:
http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/

Houston is the processing point for evacuees coming into Texas. If they came in through the recent evacuations they'll likely end up at a shelter even if only for a little while, and that means they will be entered into the Red Cross's database.

There's also a wiki project to try to consolidate all the unstructured information on the types of sites that you're checking out and into a database that's more searchable. That project is here:
http://192.122.183.218/wiki/index.php/PeopleFinderVolunteer

I would also suggest looking through the cities at:
http://www.craigslist.org/about/help/katrina_aid.html
Craigslist saw a LOT of traffic posting this sort of info, and ended up making a special section just for it. There's lots of "missing/trying to find so-and-so" type posts there.

(And if you want to share their names with friends, just email me and I'll keep my eyes open for any information.)

*hug*
bride
Sep. 6th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
Sent you e-mail, THANK YOU! =}
cloganese
Sep. 6th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
They've Been Found!
Hmm, I don't think my post actually posted ... odd!

Anyway, THANK GOD that everyone was found. You must have been in a horrible state this whole time. I'm so glad everyone's ok and that there wasn't too much damage.

This whole thing has drained me so much, it's all I can to to listen to any more reports without finding myself swirling down in a whirlpool of depression at the tragedy, at the government "response", etc.

THANK GOD your family is ok! ***HUGS***
bride
Sep. 6th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
Re: They've Been Found!
Thanks =)

And yes, there is just no beginning and no end to the American government's fuck up on this.

Hopefully, the weather will be getting a bit cooler and the subsequent storms from here on out won't be as bad.
badwolf
Sep. 6th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear they are okay! Thank goodness! You have to wonder how people dealt with such nerve wracking situations before communication technology became so instant.

bride
Sep. 7th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
Thanks =)

It's funny, I get yelled at for not answering my cell (I can't always hear it in a mall with loud people, yeah?). I always say that once upon a time, we didn't have cell phones, so calm down and just wait for me at the designated time/location. =P

Family. =D
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