Saturday, September 17, 2005

Latest word from Barbara

Things are looking bad down in Louisiana. Spread the word...
MY THIRD DAY IN BOGALUSA, LA...LET ME TELL YOU, IT IS A GIANT 'CLUSTERF***'. ALL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ARE SAYING ALL IS WELL...WHILE PEOPLE LIVE IN HOMES WITH TREES IN THEM, NO FOOD, POWER, WATER AND 100 DEGREE TEMPERATURES. THE HEAT INDEX WILL BE 120 TOMORROW....PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO DIE.

I AM GOING HOME TO HOME AND MAYBE ONE OUT OF 20 HAVE SEEN ANYONE THAT HAS OFFERED HELP. FEMA IS WORTHLESS AND BESIDES THAT THEY ARE THE MOST ARROGANT SOB'S I'VE EVER DEALT WITH...RED CROSS ARE CROOKS, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. THE VOLUNTEERS AND THOSE THAT ARE STAFF, WELL THE NURSES ARE AWESOME AND THE DOCTORS ARE AWESOME, THE OTHERS ARE QUESTIONABLE.

I'VE SEEN THE SAME RED CROSS DIRECTOR WALK AWAY FROM A VICTIM BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T LIKE HIM AND PATRONIZE A 70 PLUS YEAR OLD WOMAN UNTIL SHE FELL ON THE GROUND IN TEARS.

IT IS CLUSTERF***. I AM NO INVITED TO THE 'OPEC' MEETINGS WHICH ARE REALLY OPERATIONAL MEETINGS OF ALL THE GOVERNMENT FOLKS WHO PAT THEMSELVES ON THE BACKS SAYING ALL IS FINE AND WE DON'T NEED ANYTHING. ALL DAY YESTERDAY I TRIED TO GET AN ASSESSMENT FOR THE NEED OF SENDING IN 6 MEDICAL TEAMS HERE AND WAS TOLD BY EVERYONE THAT ALL WAS WELL...TODAY I BROUGHT A DOCTOR WITH ME AND HE WENT TO THE RED CROSS SHELTER AND WAS STILL SEEING PATIENTS THAT SUPPOSEDLY THERE WERE NONE OF AT 7 P.M. WHEN I LEFT THE TOWN.

I TALKED WITH ACOUPLE WHO IS IN A SPLIT IN 3 HOME WITH NOTHING I AM ATTEMPTING TO FIND THEM HOUSING IN SPLENDORA TEXAS WHERE THEIR CHILDREN ARE....NO GOVERNMENT AGENCY IS HELPING THEM

ANOTHER COUPLE WHERE THE WOMAN HAS POLIO AND WHOSE TRAILER IS IN HALF CANNOT GET ANYONE TO ASSIST THEM...I AM TRYING TO FIND THEM A HOME.

TWO 80 YEAR OLD WOMEN WERE FORGOTTEN FOR THE SECOND DAY BY THE RED CROSS AND HAD NO FOOD OR WATER, ONE WAS OUT OF MEDS...I GOT THEM EVERYTHING AND WILL ASSIST THE ONE TO THE DOCTOR NEXT WEEK.

85% OF THE POWER LINES ARE DOWN AS ARE THE TREES. MOST WILL NOT HAVE FONE SERVICE FOR 4 MONTHS, NONE OWN CELL PHONES AND IF THEY DID YOU MIGHT GET A 'CELL' FOR 5 MINUTES A DAY.

PASS THIS ON, I NEED THE NATIONAL MEDIA UP HERE...NOW.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Checking in

Barbara has been in contact with me on her progress in Louisiana. Here's her last couple of e-mails:
9/15

I am here, the damage throughout this region is catastrophic. I am using a computer at a command station in Washington Parrish. Many horses, dogs dead

Horrific. Be thankful for what you have.....


9/15

The devastation here is horrific and the help is questionable. Lots of read tape and egos. Want to do a diary on kos, but can't get enough time on a computer.


I'll keep updating as she gets in touch with me. It really sounds like there's not a concerted effort to help the people in the area, unless people like Barb are stepping in to volunteer.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Barbara Update

Hi, Justin here. I'm Amanda's husband and soon to be a more-often-than-never sporadic poster here as well. Barbara's been in touch with Amanda today, and is in Shreveport, LA. Reports from NOLA-based refugees aren't great--they say that FEMA hasn't given any sort of instructions to any of them, supplies are thin, and, most worryingly, there apparently isn't a tetanus shot for anyone in the entire state of Louisana.

I'm sure Barbara will be by with an update shortly, and we'll fill you in as best we can in the meantime.

Monday, September 12, 2005

BYE!!!!

Well, it is 1:45 a.m. and who in their right mind is awake! About 30 minutes from leaving!!!!

Keep Tirawa and I (and everyone else) in your thoughts and prayers!

Dr. Ken has a laptop and I now have a digital camcorder, so hopefully we'll blog and do photos....Amanda, I'll send you the photos if we figure this out, hope you can post them here and perhaps do a diary or two over at kos!

In Peace!
Barbara and Tirawa

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Sunday Evening ...Winding down

Well, the truck is packed. Need to take Winston over to his 'foster home' and then T and I will come back, finish cleaning, packing last minute things and call it a night.

Anyone that plans to give a donation, PLEASE deposit it directly into the US Bank account and NOT PayPal, unless there is no other way. As of now, I've not seen any of the donations post into my account.

Ocean Relief Fund, Account Number 1534 5606 2832

I now have a digital cam and Dr. Levine is bringing his laptop...we are ready to roll

Please leave comments when you can and I'll post as often as I'm able.

In Peace
Barbara

13 HOURS...

I'm done getting things. I have to stop at Boney's for my supplements and at PepBoys to pick up some things they've collected and take Winston to Janet's and stuff to Mom's to mail...am I exhausted? YES! Am I totally overwhelmed? YES!

But amazing things have happened. Met Dr. Annie at CostCo today and she bought a camera for me to take and use...holy crap!!!! She also paid for almost ALL of the supplies I got there. THANK YOU ANNIE!!!

Mom came through with diapers, juice and various goodies for me and others.

So now I need to pack the truck, get some more donated things in, learn to USE the camera, clean the house and give some love to my mutts who are incredibly concerned about what all is happening.

For those that have donated...THANK YOU.

Here is how the trip will work as it stands at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Leave around 2 a.m. on Monday...meet up with Dr. Ken Levine in Tucson by 8 a.m. We will travel the 'northern' route, taking the 20 rather then the 10. We will drive until around 7 p.m. tomorrow and will find a motel and crash...leaving on Tuesday around 5 or 6 a.m. Arrive in Shreveport after lunch on Tuesday and staying there to meet some folks working on the relief effort, will spend the night in a motel and get one last good nite of R&R. This will allow us to check supplies, give Tirawa time to stretch his big paws and sleep good...and a decent meal. We will head over to Covington on Wednesday at 5 a.m. and should get there sometime after 8 a.m.

I hear Michael Moore is there and Covington is the hub now...

Well, this is enough for now, back to work!!!

In Peace and thankful for so many amazing people.

Barbara

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