The devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina is beyond measure. The City of New Orleans has been flooded. Biloxi and Gulfport are devastated. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their homes, their possessions, and are lucky to have escaped with their lives. The flow of refugees from this disaster is absolutly unprecendented in modern times. This is the single biggest natural disaster of our times.
I remember the Des Moines floods of 1993 – and that wasn’t anything compared to what New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast are experiencing now. These people need our help.
I’m joining with other bloggers in supporting the efforts of Catholic Charities in bringing badly needed relief assistance to the region. Louisiana is heavily Catholic, and Catholic Charities tends to do a good job of bring help where it is needed. Of course, the United Jewish Charities, the Lutheran Disaster Response, Mercy Corps, and other groups, both faith-based and secular are working in concert to provide potable water, food, medicine, and other critically-needed supplies to the people displaced by this disaster.
Instapundit has a massive roundup of links to blogs with information and resources on helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina. One of the greatest things about this country is its generousity. Americans brought aid and comfort to a people a world away, and now it’s time to help out our own.
Anything you can give – money, time, supplies, whatever, makes a difference.
Updates From The Disaster Zone
Evacuations of the Superdome had to be halted because people were shooting at the military helicopters evacuating refugees. It’s clear that civil society in New Orleans has utterly failed as roving gangs of criminals are all over the city. The orders should be clear: anyone caught looting or threatening others should be shot on sight. The President needs to suspend habeas corpus if necessary – the situation in the are is dangerous for those innocents that haven’t been able to evacuate at this time.
The Economist looks at the potential aftereffects to the US economy. As in any disaster, natural or otherwise, the economic problems effect everyone, not just those who were unfortunate enough to be directly affected.
Global Security.org has some haunting satellite imagery of the devastation.
I never thought I’d say this, but MoveOn.org is providing a great public service. I’m glad to see they’re putting their internet savvy to good use.