"We're going to need some serious help to start over. Everything is ruined."

While I thank God that the fury of hurricane Katrina was overestimated by forecasters, it, nevertheless, left devastation in its path. Homes were washed off their foundations, highways flooded and people killed. I don't quite understand the people who, despite mandatory evacuation, hung out at home on the roof. Not too smart when you know that a level 5 hurricane is coming your way!

In any case, it is time to lend a hand to our fellow Americans who now need, to quote one Gulfport's Forest Heights resident, "to start over" because "everything is ruined."

Samaritan's Purse is bringing immediate relief to residents in the area. I encourage you to do something, whether through Samaritan's Purse or another organization that's helping the victims of Katrina.

The other thing I encourage you to do is to pray for all those affected, either by loss of property or of a loved one.


At 8/30/2005 06:34:00 AM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

I gave to the Tsunami Relief Fund, and will surely give to the Katrina Fund as well.

Plus these are Americans, instead of Muslims who hate us.......

Dig deep, people.........And then dig some more.

Our own need us terribly at this time.

At 8/30/2005 03:03:00 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

It's mid morning and I'm just now getting a chance to see some news.
They estimate quite a few deaths which makes me terribly sad given that there was ample warning.
I'm sure there were those who coudn't leave due to lack of transportation, etc...
I'm very sad for all those affected by this.
The cost in lives and damages is truly devastating.
It's times like these when political labels mean nothing.

At 8/30/2005 04:01:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

Absolutely -- give money. It will be needed.

At 8/30/2005 06:28:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

One of my Blogger buddies on my blogroll, Dana, of NorthshorePolitics.blogspot.com, lives in Slidell, LA, which I heard on the radio today was under water. Her last post stated that they were going to try to ride this storm out. Pray for her.

At 8/31/2005 12:45:00 AM, Blogger Layman said...


I asked readers to contribute to the Salvation Army's fund, but there are many worthwhile charites out there.

This is nothing short of devastating for the Gulf Coast.

At 8/31/2005 02:14:00 AM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

I've posted an excellent blogsite for this disaster (Hewitt recommended)........As well as photo and donation sites.

Come on by to check it out.

At 9/01/2005 04:21:00 PM, Anonymous dorothe said...

Ihave an apartment that I will let a small family use. How do I arrange this.

At 9/03/2005 09:21:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

dorothe, i recommend going to the FEMA website: www.fema.gov.

they are organizing, placing families in homes. contact them to let them know you have a place.

and, let us know what happens.

God bless you.

At 9/03/2005 05:10:00 PM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

there's also www.hurricanhousing.org

At 9/05/2005 07:22:00 AM, Blogger seattlekos said...

I'm not quite sure what you mean that the forecasters over-emphasized Katrina. On the contrary, Katrina turned out worse than they expected.

Until Katrina, the worst hurricane to ever hit the MS gulf coast was Camille, in August 1969. NOBODY on the coast thought ANY storm could top Camille. No other storm, until Katrina, even came close to Camille.

I have it straight from the horse's mouth (my brother, who got Katrina when it swept over Tupelo MS) that Katrina was, without a doubt, worse than Camille.

If you'll recall, the forecasters and anchors on the Weather Channel mentioned Camille fairly regularly, something they never do with other hurricanes (cuz no others came close, not even Andrew, which was made a Cat. 5 ten years after the fact).

Someone from the coast, who'd survived both storms, said, "This was Camille to the tenth degree."

It was not overestimated in severity, it was underestimated. It proved that a strong Category Four can be as devastating as a Category Five, if not more so.


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