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Hurricane Katrina Discussion
Looking for sources to support the hurricane recovery

 2:44 am on Aug 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

Anyone know where we can get the code for banners to send people to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund? I did a bit of looking on their site, but couldn't find anything. I assume they do want some traffic.

(Sorry, didn't know where to post this, but thought some webmasters would be interested.)



 11:09 pm on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

I can't believe no one else is really discussing this here.

I think it would be awesome for google to let people volunteer for PSA's related to the disaster..

i'll let you know if i find anything


 12:29 am on Aug 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm looking too - worst case we could do a text link to their donation form.


 3:09 pm on Aug 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yeah, i'm putting up links but i think it would be great to see this site/community do something as a whole.

We have a lot to loose if we don't act fast.


 4:00 pm on Aug 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

I just made my own and linked to this page:



 6:07 pm on Sep 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

Here is one for Miami Red Cross. I could not find anyone for national american red cross, but I believe they will send the money to them.

It should link to

I found to the national one!


 6:45 pm on Sep 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

The Salvation Army is also on the scene and requesting donations for hurricane victims. Their website has a 120x60 button and link to use. [salvationarmy.org...]


 2:46 pm on Sep 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi there,
I am planning to dedicate my earning from Adsense this week to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Would any one interested in this effort.

I really appreicate if you give a through about it.
Thanks in advance


 5:06 pm on Sep 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Here's another link, it's what the Red Cross is using on their ads.


 1:09 am on Sep 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

CJ just put the Red Cross program up again for anyone who is an affiliate there. All $$$ goes to the Red X


 11:18 pm on Sep 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Katrina Meta-Missing Persons Search

I don't have the resources or time to pull this off right now (I am not even sure it is possible), however, I was wondering if anyone here on Webmasterworld would be interested in putting together a search service that could search/crawl all of the missing person sites/discussion boards/listings/etc related to hurricane Katrina.

It wouldn't have to be fancy just as up to date as possible. Here are some of the existing sites:

Bringing it all together [survivedkatrina.net]
Coast Guard: Submit a report of Missing/Stranded Person [homeport.uscg.mil]
Gulf Coast News Survivor Connector Database [gulfcoastnews.com]
National Next of Kin Registry [nokr.org]
Web Sites Helping Locate Families [mirawebdesign.com]
ORGANIZED LIST of missing and FOUND relatives [survivedkatrina.proboards54.com]
Missing Persons, Aid, Volunteers, Temp Housing - nola craigslist [neworleans.craigslist.org]
Katrina Help Wiki [katrinahelp.info]
Hurricane Refugee Connect Site [hurricanerefugee.com]
New Orleans Network [neworleansnetwork.org]
NOLA Missing Persons Message Board [nola.com]

... and I am sure there are more.


 12:34 am on Sep 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

Excellent suggestion. I don't have the resources myself. But I know somebody here does and maybe they can pull it off.


 1:28 am on Sep 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

Lets try and keep all of the Hurricane discussion to this one thread, much easier to keep track of.


 2:40 am on Sep 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks Rugles. I am not a programmer (just a sys admin / webmaster) and I hoping someone picks up on the meta-missing persons search idea.


 5:09 am on Sep 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

The lack of response to what's been happening is utterly disgusting, people are still trapped on rooftops and starving to death.


 8:22 pm on Sep 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hmm I saw on TV, a cop going mad (I mean mental), he was complaining that around 30% of the police deserted their posts.

Hope its an over the top estimate.


 7:00 am on Sep 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

It's worse than you could possibly think... what is going on... The horror stories I've heard from real people are much worse than what the news headlines are presenting.

We are affected in this area of the US, gasoline shortages(not to mention the prices) and homeless people coming from New Orleans to settle in our area. Instead of sending out money... around here, it's literally about helping out your neighbor.
~Northwest FL, US


 7:39 am on Sep 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have a friend down there, in River Ridge, LA just to the west of N.O. proper.
What I would like is some way to see which areas are flooded and which are not.

About all I know is R.R. is officially a few feet above sea level, but the river is probably even higher.

I wish there were some online resource that could estimate damage based on
city and street, or at least on the zip-code level.


 8:28 am on Sep 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

Larry, G Maps has made available Katrina satellite images. It looks like about half of that city is flooded, half is not. Hope your friend is ok. The other day I was looking at the very resource you are describing. It may have only been N.O area, not sure. If I can locate it again I'll pass it along.

[edited by: grandpa at 8:30 am (utc) on Sep. 6, 2005]


 8:29 am on Sep 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

Please disregard the above. One of the links ericwagner kindly provided led to a site
with info and a huge satellite photo. Looks like River Ridge is pretty much OK. Thanks! -Larry


 12:18 pm on Sep 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

Not wishing to be pessimistic ..but I seem to remember wasn't it 5 or so hurricanes which came more or less up the same alley last year at 15 day or month or so intervals ..

I remember Liane in particular saw some damage and some others go close by towards the gulf coast ..they are almost sure to be hit again even if it's just by heavy rains before they get even halfway to having basics working in even a small area ...

Best thing IMO would be to evacuate everyone at least 200 miles ( even if it's needed into tents and refugee camps like after disaster in the 3rd world ..they can be redispersed from there to better ) and use the military etc to clean up ..and we still have to expect the "deseases spread" and the "roaming four legged wildlife" that is also gonna get hungry soon ...

This is probably only the beginning of the problems of the survivors in that area ..

I wish them well ...


 9:49 pm on Sep 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

It is now very clear, that a lot of people did not leave there home for evacuation centers, because they could not take there pets.

Being a pet owner, I can understand how some people consider their pets welfare, at the same level as people.

One thing that must be done for forced evacuations, is that some evacuation centers, must be setup for pet owners.

This will save countless lives.


 4:49 am on Sep 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

Say my special care to those hurted by the hurricane.
you are doing a very interesting work.


 5:29 am on Sep 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

<<One thing that must be done for forced evacuations, is that some evacuation centers, must be setup for pet owners.>>

Yeah, in order to prevent what's happening right now - they're shooting people's pets. Do not watch this video if you think it may bother you. Because if you think it might, it WILL. There's a New Orleans cop shooting two dogs. Not vicious attack dogs, just regular ol' what looks like labs or lab-mixes.

As if the people affected haven't gone through enough...


 5:15 pm on Sep 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

I hear your President has fired the guy in charge of te relief op, could be a little harsh in light of the fact that its an area the size of England thats been hit.

the size of England..... I find that amazing that means my entire country wiped off the map.

I just cant imagine that.

The good news is that they seem to think far fewer pwople have died as a result, I hope thats so.


 6:10 pm on Sep 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

What's all this about people shooting at each other?

If it's not a really dumb question, why don't they just pull together and help each other?

Can you imagine people in Thailand, Indonesia and the Maldives attacking each other after the Tsunami?

I'm genuinely shocked.


 9:17 pm on Sep 11, 2005 (gmt 0)


On reflection, I'm wondering if the reports of shooting were mostly just media exaggeration.


 11:50 pm on Sep 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Today ITN (UK) in their main mid-eveing bulletin had their reporter explaining and showing how he had been told to wear a flak jacket by US troops, while he was traveling with them on a boat, because of the sniper fire they been experiencing.
Maybe it's not so exaggerated.


 2:11 am on Sep 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Google has launched a dedicated search for Katrina. This was reported at the Google Blog here - [#*$!.blogspot.com...]

The dedicated search is located here -


This includes an index restricted to Katrina content and a People Search that searches many people search databases at once. In essence, a meta katrina people search i suppose.

Thank you google. I hope to see these efforts continue for future situations as well.

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