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Monday, August 29, 2005

Gulfport & Biloxi Extremely Hard Hit

Everyone knows about damage to New Orleans, but in Harrison County (Gulfport and Biloxi) there are already 50 confirmed deaths. See the SunHerald.com Eyes on Katrina blog. The water got higher than it did for Camille; some houses were completely washed away. The shelters took damage, the firehouses took damage, and the Emergency Ops Centers took damage - several had to be evacuated. They say you can't go back into the area yet.

How to help: MSNBC has a roundup of relief organizations and numbers. The Salvation Army and the Red Cross will be getting in there as soon as anyone can. The Salvation Army operates an emergency radio network, and you can post a request for information about a person or persons online at this form. The number listed for information about LA Red Cross shelters is 1-800-469-4828.

The Red Cross's phone donation hotline number is 1-800-435-7669 (HELP NOW). For the Salvation Army it is 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

The true scope of this disaster will not be known for quite a while, but it is massive. The amount of housing alone that will be uninhabitable must amount to well over 100,000 homes. This is one where we all need to pitch in.

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