The population of New Orleans is close to half a million and all were affected. When you consider the surrounding area the effects will spread out to around 1,000,000 lives.
I have journeyed deep into the news and the Internet and I have a few ideas and some useful information to share about actions to be done soon to improve the situation.
A. Useful Information: The Internet is as chaotic now as it was in the Tsunami, but it is being well-used and contains incredible weblogs, sites, and discussion groups. Data and posts and site swirl and spiral and touch each other with varying degrees of separation.
IT WOULD BE USEFUL IF CNN WITH THE HELP OF GOOGLE AND THE BACKING OF THE US GOVT. WERE TO CATEGORIZE, INDEX, AND SIMPLIFY THE DATA INTO USEFUL CLUMPS OF INFORMATION REACHED THROUGH THE CNN WEB SITE.
B. Major City Welcome Mats: All actions at their core are local. People like working with those that are identifiable and near. The needs of the South break down into local parish and community needs and further into direct family and individual needs. There are about 20 major metropolitan areas in the US that further break down as above. Neighborhood groups can work together with City and charitable groups in those areas to supply money, supplies and volunteers to the specifically focused and identifiable areas in need of and deserving of assistance.
IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF THE CITY OFFICIALS AND CHARITBALE ORGANIZATIONS WORKED WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND LOCAL RESIDENTS TO SUPPLY TEMPORARY HOUSING, EDUCATION, PARENTING ASSITANCE, VOLUNTEER GATHERING, SUPPLIES SHIPPING, DONATIONS, AND IN SHORT A WELCOME FROM EACH BIG CITY TO KATRINA VICTIMS.
C. Government Sponsored Discounts on Shipping to or travel by Katrina victims: What if the Post Office applied a 50% off calculation to every package labeled Katrina assistance for the next 180 days and the same for the Airlines, etc.
Recapping the 3 ideas, organize the data into useful information, open up America�s homes, and discount transport and shipping for 180 days. Simple!
II. Organizing top down categories
Specific and easy categories of data might be organized from the top down into broad categories:
A. Lost and Found (people and pets)
B. Good places to send money.
D. Ways and Means and Places to Volunteer.
E. Needs and Wants in short supply. (including gathering spots, destinations, shipping etc. including help for people who won�t leave)
F. Management of Information. (including any new top down categories and administrative secure thread to link large entity managers).
It is suggested that politics, recriminations, and fault-finding remain outside of this organization and be left to later fact-finding missions.