September 05, 2005
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Sean has done a great job of listing places where you can donate money for and get information about the relief operations after Katrina. Please visit and donate. I've dropped $200 of my own via my family back in the U.S. Now you can feel all guilty and do it too.
Posted by Luis at September 5, 2005 05:37 AM
If you actually voted for Bush, or live in a state that contributed to his election, feel guilty enough to send at least as much in aid as you've received in tax cuts while Bush has been in office, because that money has come--at least in part--from downsizing and marginalizing FEMA, which used to be the kind of agency that could help out with disasters like this.
Posted by: Sako at September 5, 2005 06:44 AM
Thank you for linking this Luis. The original work was done by, of all people, a British friend of mine going to school in Houston. She and I just keep expanding it as we find more places. There really is no excuse at this point if someone doesn't donate at least a $1. I would hope more, but at least some sort of sign should be made by every person in this country, because next time, it could very well be anywhere, or anyone, who needs the help.
Posted by: Sean P. Aune at September 5, 2005 10:03 AM
Thank you for this wonderful link. I'd like to pass this on to our military families on Yokosuka, Ikego and Negishi as most want to donate but have been unable to find such a large resource of information. Nothing can make up for the completely criminal lack of initial response from this administration, but perhaps as individuals we can help ease the load.
Posted by: ReyLynda at September 5, 2005 10:57 PM
Posted by: ykw at September 7, 2005 08:44 AM
YKW, I appreciate that you have a point here, but I don't think people enjoy being asked to read lengthy documents without having any clue of what they should be looking for. Interesting how? Which part of the document is interesting? What's the general point?
Posted by: BlogD at September 7, 2005 10:35 AM
The window disappeared, so I'm typing again.
The General in charge of the US Corp of Engineers said that the New Orleans levee system was rated for a category 3 huricane and that the probability of a direct hit from a >4 each year is 1 in 200; and that is why more money was not spent upgrading the levee to a cat 4+ structure.
Perhaps they made a mistake in this 1 out of 200 calculation. Perhaps they did not model what happens when a cat 4 hits 200 miles away, which is more likely than 1 out of 200 each year (direct hit from cat 4). My guess is the scientists did not do a good job here.
This talks about Katrina further and say that upgrading the levee system to a cat 4 would cost approx $1 Billion. This does not seem like much if the damage is $100B.
Posted by: ykw at September 7, 2005 02:35 PM