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We are thinking: can't the webmaster community do something to help in the New Orleans disaster?
We have a client in New Orleans and from them I have learned how vital it is to get emergency messages up on their websites. I know of things like temporary phone numbers and temporary email addresses, but there are probably many other needs.
We are guessing there must be hundreds of internet businesses who have suffered, and who might be unable to get access to their websites to make changes. Surely there are many who simply don't know how to change a web page, and can't reach their local webmasters.
We can donate time and skills to help someone, and perhaps you could too.
If this makes sense, and you are interested, we'll need some of the brain power available in webmasterworld to figure out how we could get the word out.
We know its not saving lives; but helping someone keep their business going could be very important in the months to come.
Any thoughts or ideas?
Walt & Jo Dibbern
Of course, she doesn't have access (if she's still alive) but I offered her and her friends to come live with me (and find possible job opportuinies).
This is a nightmare going on down there. God bless you kids and I hope you are alive!
Gabriele, Vasto (Italy)
It's a great idea, but far down the list of priorities for most people in that area. They're dealing with problems of potable water, food, shelter, medical needs, security, sanitation, and locating family members, so concerns about business are probably very secondary at this time. After a few weeks or months, business concerns may become more important. But a huge amount of communications infrastructure needs to be repaired or replaced before they can even become aware that you're making this offer.
I've put up links to emergency-relief organizations on the sites I control, and commend that approach to everyone at this time.