In my last post I encouraged people to open their doors to the refugees of Hurricane Katrina.
David Billington posted these links in the comments section:
Another commenter, JaneM provided this link from Iowa of people lending a helping hand.
Jane says, “This is a link from a local newstation here in Des Moines. I’m kind of proud of our Gov (although I didn’t vote for him 😉 ) and other Iowans who want to help.”
And you should be!
Finally, here’s the Powerline Blog they have some excellent coverage.
James Robbins at NRO debunks the notion that New Orleans suffered because of the deployment of National Guard units in Iraq. Robbins notes that, according to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, 75 percent of the Army and Air National Guard are available nationwide and the federal government has agreed since the conflict in Iraq started not to mobilize more than 50 percent of Guard assets in any given state, in order to leave sufficient resources for governors to respond to emergencies.
Finally, the Canadian government has offered help, and the US has accepted.
They’re sending 3 warships to the Gulf Coast full of supplies, helicopters, and men ready to help.
Air Canada, along with other North American airlines, has also apparently sent one of it’s aircraft to help evacuate people from the Gulf Coast to military bases in the region.
And finally, perhaps the best source of information as it happens on the ground is the City of Vancouvers’ Urban Rescue Team. This team is unique to North America and has been sent to a parish outside New Orleans to help search for and rescue survivors.
Their reports so far haven’t been entirely encouraging, but they are percevering.
September 2: St. Bernard Parish, LA (1200h PDT)
“We want to assure everyone back home that we are safe, and in good spirits. It’s a dangerous situation, but that’s why we were deployed here, and that’s what we train for …
We are working under Troop B of the Louisiana State Police. It’s absolute pandemonium… thousands of people stranded or displaced … the death toll is rising dramatically.
“Our focus for the next couple of days will be looking for displaced people. We are launching four watercraft now. We’ll work 12-hour shifts starting at 0600h. There’s a curfew at night so we will cease all night-time operations at 1800h.
“I just want to say the City of Vancouver should be proud of the guys who are here. They are all volunteers, all true professionals. I am very proud of our team’s readiness and commitment.”
– Tim Armstrong, Team Leader Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue Team