Thursday, September 01, 2005

Katrina's wrath

The unofficial word is catastrophic loss of lives in the wake of hurricane Katrina, though the official word is not so dire. Only time will tell what the real toll is in human loss. I don't think it's in the thousands, like the headline in today's Chicago Tribune proclaimed. Remember what happened in 9/11? Preliminary reports were 30,000+ plus dead. Turned out to be less than 3,000. It won't be too long until the number of American soldiers dead in Iraq totals the loss of life in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

John Peters, president of Northern Illinois University, sent out an e-mail with links to reputable charities. Our cajun compatriots are up to their necks in trouble and need help. Any one of these organizations provide a reputable outlet for assistance.

A Partial List of Federally-Approved CharitiesProviding Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts www.redcross.org (The Red Cross)
www.fema.gov (Federal Emergency Management Agency - this site contains additional links to federally-approved charity sites)
www.secondharvest.org (This national food bank provides fresh and preserved foods through a variety of relief agencies)
https://secure.hsus.org/01/disaster_relief_fund_2005 (The Humane Society of the United States)
www.convoyofhope.org (Building supply lines & providing disaster relief)www.salvationarmyusa.org (Serving meals and providing basic necessities)http://www.guidestar.org/reports/partners/guidestar/hurricane.jsp (This website provides a searchable guide to all charities involved in Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief)