I got an email from my friend Clay who lives there. He was the drummer for NLB. Also we were in tech school together at Keesler Air Force Base. Which just survived the same hurricane that devastated New Orleans. Thankfully, he is okay. Life won't be the same for a while though. He is an insurance adjuster, and will be working twelve hours or more a day, seven days a week, for the next six months to a year.
What can you do to help?
You can pray.
You can send money.
I donated through the The Assemblies of God, whom I trust. It's fast and easy and tax deductible if that concerns you.
You can save gas.
Disaster brings often brings out a person's true nature. Unfortunately, there are a number of people in New Orleans in whom it has brought out the worst. Generosity and compassion can conquer looting and greed. New Orleans is really an interesting place. I hope the good in it can be restored, and the bad is washed away.
Finally, I leave you with a few interesting links:
Google Earth Imagery
CNN interview with the mayor.
New Orleans is sinking Published in 2001
What if Hurricane Ivan Had Not Missed New Orleans Published in 2004