Thursday, February 07, 2008

Like NOLA all over again

By Libby Spencer

While the media was focused on the primaries, the devastation in the mid-south got short shrift in coverage and it's a real disaster out there. Monkeyfister is on the scene and has been liveblogging the storms along with the horrible after-effects and has issued a call for help.

A small-blog swarm on that post would be greatly appreciated by more people than just me. I can't describe how wide-spread the damage is down here. It's enormous. The Media, per usual, is only just now waking up to the situation, after their Super-Duper-Let's-All-Wet-Our-Pants-Together- Tuesday Political Hangover. Like NOLA, these are REALLY poor folks down here, and have nothing, and nowhere to go.

A short post about this at YOUR Blog, linking either to my post, above, or directly to the two Orgs mentioned in the post above, would sure be a big help, and would be greatly appreciated by many people who are relying on help. They are all that we have right now.

He also has practical suggestions for what we can do to aid our fellow Americans in their time of need.

Right now, I recommend the:

American Red Cross
Mid-South Chapter
1400 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
901-726-1690

And:

United Way of the Mid-South phone in a donation at (901) 433-4300.

They take DIRECT donations, so you can skip all the National-level waste and delay, AND they serve nearly every community in the effected radius.

At least 52 people are dead and as you can see in the photos, untold thousands that survived have lost everything. Please do what you can to help and check in with Monkeyfister for regular updates.

(Cross-posted at The Impolitic.)

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