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