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  1. RIP my sister, GODSPEED!!

  2. He is truly THE MAN!!! "Put those cotdamn guns down".....Gen. Honore YOU TELL THEM!!! Did you see the NOPD and the State Police looking at him like "who is this man"....BUT THEY PUT THEM DAMN GUNS DOWN THOUGH!!!!
  3. Evacuation bus flips over north of Layfayette, LA!!! It is believed the bus was carrying evacuees from LA to Dallas, TX. Lord please keep them all safe.
  4. What or who is starting these fires? I am watching CNN now and a house is on fire in New Orleans. Please don't tell me that people who survived Katrina and flooding now have to worry about being burned alive in a fire!!!
  5. This is so overwhelming. I am having difficulty sleeping and am having nightmares about this. I have been watching nothing but CNN since Monday. When are they going to evacuate the hospitals!? My God nurses are "bagging" patients in order to help them breathe at Charity hospital. The back-up generators are failing and there are a number of critically ill patients who havent been evacuted yet. I cannot begin to imagine what it must be like there. God please help us......this cannot be happening, it just can't. The morgue is totally under water in the basement of the hospital and snipers are shooting at the helicopters......I don't understand it.
  6. How long will it take for that ship to get there, 100miles means what 3 days?? People are dying by the minute , and women are being raped I HATE THE USA 965238[/snapback] Almond, I understand the frustration, but right now I am grasping at straws and being thankful for any effort. I am not certain of how fast those ships travel, but I would hope that if my car can travel 65 miles per hour they can at least keep up with me. In any event, I am glad they are coming. A day ago people were asking where are the ships, and I am only saying they are on there way.
  7. I understand what you mean, Sasha but I believe a lot of the anger at this situation is simply because the United States tends to jump to the aid of other countries and seems to care very little about the situation of it's citizens (black or white). The stop & go rescue effort is going to cost alot of lives and then the finger pointing will begin because no one is going to step up to the plate and say "I messed up and I apologize". The first to go in my opinion (right or wrong) will be the head of FEMA. Now as for what am I doing. I am working hard to get groups of volunteers from Rutgers University to go to New Orleans and other effected areas. I am on the Newark Campus and am concentrating my efforts there, but I hope it will become a campus wide (Newark, New Brunswick and Camden) effort. There are a lot of things that have to be done before such a task can be approved, after all it would require the approval of not only the University President but also on a departmental level. The Red Cross wants volunteers to stay for at least two weeks, so I figure we can send a new group down every two weeks for as long as they can use the help. I don't know if I will be successful, but I am trying. Until them, my wallet is open. The money that I would normally spend eating out or buying those other things I don't need could be used to assist those in need. Please don't think that people don't care, but like you said it isn't easy. Take care of yourself and be well.
  8. A number of colleges/universities have offered to allow displaced to enroll and have extended the deadlines for them. Rutgers U. has opened it's doors to New Jersey residents who attended schools in the effected areas, so has Columbia University in New York.
  9. The Navy Ship USS Bennett (I may have the name wrong) is 100 miles from Gulfport, MS. This ship is loaded with supplies and has two of the largest transportation helicopters on board. The plan is to start airlifting the surviors onto the ship. Thank God...I have been wondering why they aren't airlifting these people out of New Orleans, damn they did it for Vietnam refugees in the 70's. There are other ships on the way...the USS Comfort (hospital ship) is on it's way it left Baltimore, MD late Tuesday.
  10. The goverment is moving far too slow to assist the refugees.....my God it seems so strange to be calling United States citizen "refugees", but that is truly what they are.
  11. Pentagon orders huge rescue, relief operation Medical disaster teams from across U.S. converge on storm-ravaged region The Associated Press Updated: 11:47 a.m. ET Aug. 31, 2005 WASHINGTON - From Navy ships and Army helicopters to the USNS Comfort hospital ship, the Pentagon is mobilizing possibly an unprecedented rescue-and-relief mission for areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Largely coordinated by the U.S. Northern Command, all of the military services are participating in what many say is the largest domestic disaster relief effort in years. The military is mainly providing search and rescue, medical help and supplies in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Wednesday morning, four Navy ships loaded with supplies — ranging from food and water to soap and medical supplies — were preparing to leave Virginia, and expect to arrive in the Gulf by the weekend, according to the Navy. In addition, USNS Comfort was leaving Baltimore en route to the Gulf region and eight swift water rescue teams from California were on the way to Lafayette, La., to help pull stranded residents from their flooded homes and neighborhoods. The Army and Air Force were also providing search and rescue helicopters, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was organizing what will be one of its largest response efforts in recent memory. Coast Guard mobilized The Coast Guard also has mobilized to conduct rescue efforts. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff — whose agency oversees the Coast Guard — has authorized the call-up of 550 Coast Guard reservists to help in recovery operations, Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Carter said. The military presence will supplement a massive response by the Red Cross, which sent in 185 emergency vehicles to provide meals and shelter for about 40,000 people staying in 200 facilities across the affected area. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said medical specialists from Washington state were joining similar teams called in from Massachusetts, New Mexico, Ohio, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Florida to assist people in damaged areas. The agency said previously that it has 500 trucks of ice, 500 trucks of water and 350 trucks of ready-to-eat military meals scheduled for distribution in the next 10 days. President Bush was cutting short his Texas vacation Katrina came ashore Monday between New Orleans and Biloxi, Miss., inundating large areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9106384/
  12. Moving dead becomes city's second priority Hurricane Katrina makes one man's final journey difficult to complete The Associated Press Updated: 10:10 a.m. ET Aug. 31, 2005 NEW ORLEANS - When Xavier Bowie died in a flooded neighborhood, his common-law wife did the only thing she could think to do. She wrapped his body in a sheet, laid him on a makeshift bier of two-by-fours and, with a little help, floated him down to the main road. For more than an hour, Evelyn Turner waited along Rampart Street outside the French Quarter, her husband’s body resting on the grassy median as car after car passed, their wakes threatening to wash over the corpse. “This is ridiculous,” Turner, 54, said as she sobbed into a dirty washcloth. Bowie, 57, a truck driver who had been with Turner for 16 years, had advanced lung cancer and could not be easily moved. When Turner could find no one to take them out of the city, she decided to stay home and hope the storm would spare them. “I’ve got electric and stuff right now,” Turner told herself. “I can keep going. I’ve got oxygen. I can keep going.” But Hurricane Katrina left her neighborhood under several feet of water. By Tuesday, with no phone and only a small tank of oxygen left, Turner slogged out into the streets for help. By the time she got back, Bowie was dead. No police Grief-stricken, Turner walked two miles to a neighborhood police precinct and asked someone to come get the body. An officer told her a truck would be along. When more than an hour passed, she started down the road again. When she got to the station this time, there were no more promises. “There’s nothing we can do right now,” an officer said. “We don’t have any equipment.” “So what I’m supposed to do? Sit with the body until you get somebody?” Turner asked. “Unfortunately, yeah,” the officer replied. “That’s the only option I can give you. Because we have no way of getting to him.” “Oh Lordy,” Turner said in despair. Saving the survivors With hundreds, if not thousands, of residents still stuck on roofs and in attics across the city, officials have concentrated on saving survivors of Katrina and floodwaters. “We’re not even dealing with dead bodies,” New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said Tuesday. When Turner got back to the corpse, she collapsed onto the plywood sheets and wept. Curtis Miller, a former city employee, helped float the body down the road, hoping a passing military truck would pick Bowie up. He was disgusted. “I’m hurt to my heart with this,” the grizzled man said. “To see the city stoop this low. It shouldn’t be, mister. It should not be.” Finally, about three hours after Bowie died, Miller flagged down a passing flatbed truck filled with downed limbs. After some heated words and an offer of $20, he persuaded the driver to take the body to Charity Hospital, where the police had directed them. Turner helped load the body into the truck bed, then climbed aboard. The truck turned and made its way into the French Quarter, where jazz bands are known to lead joyful funeral processions through the storied streets. But the streets were deserted Tuesday, and there was no music for Bowie but the whirring of helicopter blades above. URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9142413/
  13. New York's finest (NYPD) & bravest (NYFD) are on their way!!!!
  14. glad you are safe, Small! Take care of yourself!
  15. I am seeing more and more of these types of pictures lately.
  16. It is getting worse, the looting is out of control and the Coast Guard is still trying to save the lives of all of those sitting on rooftops and trapped in attics. It broke my heart to see the older man who was cut out of his attack. When his rescuer ask him to hold his breath I thought I would scream out loud -- I couldn't believe this man was in the attic and the water was that high. He was eternally grateful for being rescued, he didn't want to let go of the hand of one of the men who saved his life. I heard on the news this morning that looters were trying to take over a hospital and the police were on their way. Police cars are running out of gas and CNN showed a gas station charging $3.81 a gallon for regular gas!!!!!! Countless people are going to be killed by something other than flood waters, police are going to start shooting folks too. A police officer is in critical condition after being shot by a group of "well-armed" looters. Lord help us!!!
  17. oh my damn, the governor is considering evacuating the superdome where some 30,000 people are....no telling when/if they will be allowed to return. this is such a serious situation. oh and the looters are losing their damn minds.....gunshots are being heard around the city. i don't know if the police are shooting or if looters are going into homes thinking they are empty and -- BANG, BANG -- guess it wasn't empty. oh my damn, they had to shoot a seal that washed up in gulfport, ms.....residents were trying to keep the seal wet and comfortable, but the police said they couldn't worry about trying to save that seal there are people who require their attention.
  18. The zoo's moved a few of them because of the hurricane.
  19. OH MY GOD, CRIMSON, I AM SOOOOOO SORRY! 958550[/snapback] I'm trying not to think the worse until we actually know the damage. A neighbor said that it wasn't that bad and not to the roof but like car door level. But the news said something else (not for my specific street) but aorund the area. I haven't been able to get in touch with the neighbor because of the cell phone problems to see what it has worsen to. 958568[/snapback] awwwwwwwww Crimmy. I feel so bad. I will pray for the best!
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