Saturday, October 01, 2005

Shelter/Housing Needed for Evacuee in Minden, LA

Evacuee from Baton Rouge, currently at a shelter in Minden, LA which
will be shutting down needs a place to stay in Miden. 1st preference
of permanent or temporary shelter/housing is Minden. Evacuee and her
family needs financial assistance but first priority is somewhere to
stay at. If you are located in Minden, LA and are in a position to
help out, please contact Brenda Pool at +13183779310. Address of the
shelter at which she is currently at is: 216 Camps Smokehouse Rd,
Minden, LA 71055

If you can't get through to Brenda, please email the KatrinaHelp team
on with subject line as 'Help-Minden,LA' or
call us on +15042081564 and we will get your offer of kind assistance
in to her.


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Friday, September 30, 2005

Operation Eden blog

A personal chronicle of what hurricane Katrina has done to my poor proud people. Scroll all the way to the bottom, and travel with me through this.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

St B Middle School / Mansion 2 eyewitness accounts

These 2 people have no internet access to send these accounts and asked to do it for them-but these are their words with nothing omitted or added-and i am just replaying their accounts- please do not brush this off and let it be forgotten by the happy fluffy stories. Local police corruption and calusness should be known by the St. Bernard Parish residents and taxpayers whos money will be used to rebuild their parish.

2) Please Help please call Frank, 504-701-3233. He needs advice and if anyone want to go with him to gather the evidence and document/video tape evidence. Please help.The day of hurrican Katrina, 6 dogs were put into Sebastien Roy School on Bayou Rd. in St. Bernard Parish. This was the only safe place to put the dogs. These were full bred pit bulls, well trained, my brother has bred them for fifteen years. Poncho, the head male was eight years old and superbly trained. Cheyenne was pregnant and near the birth. The others were three females, three years, five months, and seven months and a male who was five months. Yesterday my brother was able to enter the parish and go see for his dogs. This is what he found: The head male and and the three females were shot dead, shell casings litter the area. They appear to have been dead for at least two weeks. The young male, a five month puppy, was locked in a room and found dead. This dog was left to starve, which he did. The mother had given birth to three puppies, all were found locked in a stairwell with no water or food. The puppies were well, but the mother was near death, never has he seen a dog as skinny as she was. My brother is furious at the murder of his animals and intends to return tomorrow to photograph the evidence and take any legal action that he can. He was told by a first hand witness that the St. Bernard Sheriff dept. did the shooting. This was not necessary. We can understand that the head male might have to be put down because he would defend his family, but the others were puppies, they would not hurt anyone. Please call Frank, 504-701-3233. He needs advice and if anyone want to go with him to gather the evidence. Please help.

1) I found all of the dogs that were in that huge mansion Beauregard Middle School in St Bernard parish. dead. Most chained with curtain cords. Some appeared to have been shot. Mother dog laying dead on her dead pup. Pure horror..There were people staying in there for a long time too. It looks like about a 20 foot wall of water came through there. I found desperate scribblings on the wall about peoples pets. Angel was one of them. I didn't find any beagles (Hunter) but I found a brown collar with tags that had been chewed off and the dog was gone. There were fresh dog tracks in the mud in the newer part of the school in the back but when we went in there there was a lot of water, it hurt our lungs to breathe, so we walked the murky halls calling and no dogs came. I think a couple of mini schnauzers and a dachsund were rescued for I saw a note scribbled on the wall by Nat. guard saying they took those dogs to baton rough. I photographed everything including the pleas written on the walls....The people held up there lived in squallor, it was a scene from hell."

Marilyn McGee, animal rescuer

Animal Rescue Efforts at Fever Pitch - National Guard to Assist

Senator John Ensign (R-Nevada), a licensed veterinarian, announced today that the National Guard will begin escorting animal rescue crews in Louisiana. This report was greeted with relief by internet animal rescuers. The posts are flying at nearly one a minute at's pet rescue forum following reports of wholesale animal slaughter in St. Bernard's parish. A $5,000 reward (
is being offered for information leading to the conviction of anyone
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Volunteers URGENTLY Needed in Kirbyville, Beaumont, TX

Those who can do hard physical work, carpenters and people who know
how to string a fence, operate machinery, etc. are urgently needed to
help out at the Exotic Wildlife Refuge & Orphanage in Kirbyville, TX.

Please contact Monique Woodward at phone # (409) 423-4847 for more
details or if you're close to the area, please go over to:

HC 3 Box 96-A
Kirbyville, TX 75956

If anyone has a backhoe (this is specific to a volunteer team that's
already on the ground or going over there) please take it along with
you to the orphanage, they need one over there to hold a couple of
trees up. If you require more information regarding this location and
volunteering details, please email the KatrinaHelp team with subject
line as 'KH-Exotic-Volunteers' on

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24hrs/day & International

Common Ground is Seeking Medics and Licensed Health Professionals

Common Ground is a community-run organization offering temporary
assistance and mutual aid to the citizens of New Orleans and the
surrounding areas. Common Ground's team includes doctors, lawyers, aid
workers, community organizers, and volunteers of all stripes and
creeds. If you would like to volunteer to assist Common Ground bring
relief to those affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Common Ground is seeking medics and licensed health professionals
(MD's, RN's, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants) who can staff
their free medical clinic in Algiers, New Orleans, Louisiana. If you
can offer your time and expertise, please contact Michael Kozart, M.D.
at (415) 702-5872 or Scott Weinstein, RN (240) 432-9386. Email: Temporary phone and location: (504) 361-9659,
1401 Teche St. Algiers, LA 70114.

Please click here for more info on volunteering with Common Ground


How to Get to Common Ground

Algiers Medical Clinic
1401 Teche St.
New Orleans, LA, 70114

Malik Rahim's house and community center area:
331 Atlantic Ave.
New Orleans, LA, 70114

West Bank Steppers Community Center
1510 Newton St.

St. Mary's Relief Center
3518 General Meyer Ave.
New Orleans, LA, 70114

Moses' Church
2129 General Meyer Ave.
New Orleans, LA, 70114

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24hrs/day & International

March the Music Back: A Valley Benefit for Gulf Musicians

Date: Friday, September 30, 2005
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: John M. Greene Hall at Smith College in Northampton, MA.

Admission is free but donations are requested.
100% of proceeds will go to the Gulf Coast Orchestra Relief Fund of the

American Symphony Orchestra League.

Hosted by John Montanari of WFCR and featuring:

Smith College Chorus
Valley Light Opera
Mt. Holyoke's Victory Eights
New Valley Singers
Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus
Carol R. Daggs and Friends
Smith College's The Vibes
Smith College Glee Club
Evelyn Harris

A Webinar on Hurricane Katrina: Innovative Information and Communications Responses

(This item was originally posted to

On Tuesday afternoon, I participated in a webinar on innovative ICT
responses to Hurricane Katrina that was jointly hosted by the
Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network, HumaniNet, Aspiration, and
the Innovation Funders Network.

I felt proud to hear about the geek emergency response to the recent
tragedy. Representatives from a range of organizations - such as Cisco
Systems, Technology For All, and the Center for Neighborhood
Technology - briefed us on their efforts. Some information about the
Katrina PeopleFinder Project was also ably presented by Zack Rosen (of
CivicSpace Labs) and Steve Wright (of Foundation).

I do my share of griping about the limits of the webinar format, but I
can't deny that there's great potential benefit in conducting this
sort of briefing and coordination in real time.

N-TEN will probably make transcripts and other materials available to
anyone who is interested, but there's an even better (though more
labor-intensive) opportunity coming up for those who want to
participate in this conversation. On 17 October 2005, there will be
an international conference in Washington, D.C. on the topic of
"Answering the call: Katrina, the Tsunami, Darfur, Afghanistan -
lessons learned from the Global ICT responses." N-TEN and HumaniNet
will once again be playing host.

Deborah Elizabeth Finn
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

NOLA College Student Desperately Needs Help

Currently Katrina has left Lisa with just the clothes on her back and
she's found a place to stay, college is starting very soon and she
desperately is in need of help.

Lisa urgently needs the following items:

-clothes/shoes. Clothing Sizes: 0-2 Shoe sizes: 8-8.5
-underwear size small -bras 32B
-bookbag (for college)
-laptop (for college)
-roundtrip ticket to NOLA (salvage items from her house)

You can send the above items to:
Liza Puglia
30-50 30th St. Apt. 2L
Astoria, NY 11102

Alternatively, you can also email Lisa ( with
details of your offer to help out.

The KatrinaHelp Team

+15042081564 -- local to Tulane, LA
24hrs/day & International

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Storms Stretch Safety Net for Black Colleges (New York Times)

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 24 - After Hurricane Katrina hit, there was six feet of water in the library at Xavier University. There is a beached boat on a campus made that much soggier by the wind and rain from Hurricane Rita. There is a waterlogged chapel, floors as slimy and slippery as river moss, with chairs and Bibles and plants strewn willy-nilly and a statue of the Virgin Mary perched on a pedestal overlooking it all.

Three miles away, there is a pile of rubble at Dillard University where three modular student dorms used to be before a post-hurricane fire burned them to the ground. There is a soggy morass of ruined books and backpacks and notebooks in the student bookstore, a ghostly vista of shrubs turned black by the polluted water that covered the campus for two weeks, and no students, just the chug, chug, chug of trucks pumping out water and drying out buildings.

When most people think of higher education in New Orleans, they are more likely to think of Tulane or perhaps Loyola than Xavier and Dillard, two small historically black universities scrambling to get back on their feet. But in the parable of race and inequality left behind by the floodwaters, one chapter still to be written will be the fate of places like Dillard and Xavier, which suffered far worse damage than their wealthier counterparts on higher ground and have tiny endowments, limited resources and students who are almost all dependent on financial aid.

Both say they will survive and eventually recover. But that could be a long, slow process, with Dillard researching the possibility of holding some sort of a spring semester away from its home campus and Xavier saying it needs $70 million to $90 million in aid to get it back where it was before the storm.

"I don't have an endowment I can take money from," said Dr. Norman C. Francis, the president of Xavier. "If I can't recover the money we expected for the first semester to pay faculty and staff and pay our bills, we're standing here naked. We have nothing. And what we're looking for now is the help we need so we won't be severely crippled in our ability to come back."

Higher education, like everything else, took a wallop from the storm in the New Orleans area, where more than 75,000 students had to flee their colleges and universities. All had to shut down, including Tulane, the largest private employer in Orleans Parish. As it turned out, top officials there relocated to temporary office space in Houston, only to have to move again when Hurricane Rita threatened.

But few face more daunting hurdles than Dillard and Xavier, both small private universities, with almost 6,000 students between them. (more...)