I’ve been completely self-absorbed lately. More than usual, I mean. We’re moving out in a few weeks, and I’ve been going into panic mode. And now, all of a sudden, I have decided I need to see if we can afford to buy a house.

In short: my insularity has shot up to sky-high levels. (Not to be confused with my insulin, though given how much weight I’ve put in the past few years, I probably need to worry about that, too. Crap.)

Anyway, I somehow missed the fact that a huge-ass hurricane called Katrina has wreaked holy hell along the southern coast of the US. And I found out today from Alison Kent’s blog that Larissa Ione is one of the many people who have been affected by this disaster. Please check Alison’s page for a list of ways you can help Larissa, and stay tuned for an upcoming auction on her behalf.

I’m a day late, but at least I’m not a dollar short.

Those of you who are interested in donating money for disaster relief, check out these usual suspects:

Red Cross

Mercy Corps

Catholic Charities

And don’t forget the companion animals! When disaster strikes, pets can be affected just as badly—if not worse, since most disaster shelters won’t take animals—as people. Some people who are helping out our furry/feathered/scaly/chitinous (hey, many people own arthropods as pets!) friends:

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The Humane Society of the United States

American Humane Association

Noah’s Wish

And for any and all charity donations you might wish to make, check out how your prospective recipient disburses their revenue at Charity Navigator.



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  1. 1
    Doug Hoffman says:

    Thanks for posting this, Candy.

    —Doug “Chitin is Good Fiber” Hoffman

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    E.D'Trix says:

    I have been having a very stressful few weeks, both professionally and personally. Tonight I turned on Dateline and learned that my “BIG” problems are wee, insignificant mites compared to what these victims are going through.

    Nothing like a huge natural disaster to jerk you out of self-pity.

  3. 3
    Candy says:

    “Chitin is Good Fiber”

    Mmmmm, insoluble polysaccharides…. *drooooool*

    OK, not really. I’ve heard stories of dogs and cats plugging up from chitin after eating way too many locusts during locust season.

    And yes, E.D’trix—reading the stories and watching the videos certainly put my crap in perspective. At least I still have a place to live in.

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    CindyS says:

    Well, I’ll crawl onto that damn self centered wagon.  It was only tonight that I saw CNN – I must have been under a rock.  That said, I don’t think the governments had any clue how bad things were.  Monday night they were saying that the worst was over.  I think it was Tuesday when the levies broke.

    My husband and I cannot even fathom what these people are going through.  I keep waiting for a population number for New Orleans as they are saying the city is not going to be back anytime soon and that the people have to leave.

    I think of Bob and I and where we would go.  Some people are lucky to have relatives in other states but I bet most don’t.

    Anyways, thanks for this post.


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    Karen Scott says:

    I was devastated when I thought the death toll was at fifty plus, I’m absolutely flabbergasted to learn that there could be thousands of people dead. 

    I’m always amazed by the power that nature wields, and the untold damage it can do.

    It’s just too damn sad. 

    Hubby and I donated some money yesterday, but it just never feels as if you’re doing enough.

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    Kate R says:

    Wiki has set up another information exchange (and they take some steps to sure the calls for help are legitimate)

    If you know someone who needs oxygen or you can do things like go set up cots at the Houston Astrodome, they’re the ones to contact. http://katrinahelp.info/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

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    One of the most moving things on the radio this morning was an interview with a woman who hadn’t heard from her two sons who were staying with her ex-husband when Katrina hit. It must be so hard for people caught up in this situation, especially if they find themselves alone. These days with communication normally so easy, it’s hard to imagine not being able to just contact someone when you want to check they’re okay.

    Anyhow, wanted to mention that the Red Cross, besides its disaster relief work, has a message and tracing service that helps families who have become separated because of conflict or catastrophe. They always need volunteers, as well as money.

    Thanks for the post.

    Love to all

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    Natalie says:

    Seeing the people at the convention center without food or water broke my heart. At least five people have died from the conditions there. I was heartened by the mayors SOS plea for the people there and can only hope they get the help they need quickly without futher harm (Earlier, someone shot at one of the medical vans).

    My heart also goes out to all those awaiting word on family and friends. I read that the legendary Fats Domino was among the many counted among the missing. I hope he and so many others are found safe and well.

  9. 9

    I don’t watch television (I know, but I have no life), but the radio interviews, pictures on the net and in papers are apalling.  I just finished reading Magic Time (post apocalyptic series) and I felt like unreality was leaking into reality.

    I am trying hard NOT to imagine what’s going on, the true stories are difficult enough.

    Donating is something, but I still feel pretty helpless…though I’ll be doing a critique for Larissa’s auction.


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    Steph T. says:

    Thanks so much for posting the link to help Larissa. She really appreciates the support and prayers she’s received – they’re helping her and her family out through a tough time.

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    Melissa in exile says:

    That is now officially my new name.  I am one of the lucky ones. I may not have a home left in New Orleans after the looters get done (they won’t touch my books will they – they don’t read do they?) But I do have friends to stay with, and heard news today that as of now my home has no wind or water damage.  I have a policeman friend left behind in the warzone.  Just wanted to add in addition to the websites listed. http://www.caaws.org and http://www.lvma.org are the local organizations in Baton Rouge where many of the abandoned animals are being evacuated.

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    sherryfair says:

    What an enormous country this is, that so many miles of it can be inundated with misery while, elsewhere, in other regions, millions of others have the privilege—by virtue of its vast, varied geography—to carry on as if nothing were happening. On some level, the tragedy on the Gulf Coast just blows my mind. The full magnitude of it didn’t sink in upon me until yesterday. And now I feel tremendous guilt that I was able to sit this morning, in my apartment just outside of NY, eating a slice of toast and drinking coffee, safe and dry, while hearing on the radio about the tremendous misery and fear in New Orleans. You better believe I’m on the Web today donating. I cannot get the images from last night’s NBC broadcast out of my mind. Why wasn’t something done sooner to help these people?

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    Maili says:

    Melissa, I’m truly sorry that you were affected. If there is anything I can help, give us a shout.

    Natalie, Fats Domino has been found safe with his family.

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    Candy says:

    Melissa, thanks for writing in and giving the links. I’m glad to hear your home doesn’t have wind or water damage so far, but your situation still can’t be easy. Best of wishes to you, and please keep us updated if you can.

    And Steph, you’re doing some wonderful things for Larissa. Keep it up. I read her post last night and teared up, especially when I came to the part about Felicks.

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    Amy E says:

    The best advice I can give is to watch for local ways to help.  There are so many refugees, they’re going to be spreading out all over the country.  I live just outside of Austin and we’ve gotten our first 5000.  I know San Antonio and Dallas are taking some 25K each, and they’re spreading to New Mexico and Oklahoma next.  FEMA and the Red Cross have been contacting hospitals all across the country, finding out how many empty beds they have and what they can offer, because the numbers of sick and wounded are so overwhelming. 

    There WILL be Katrina victims in your area, wherever that may be.  I can just about guarantee it.

    Keep looking for local opportunities to help, and donate money to reputable organizations.  The Red Cross phone lines are overwhelmed right now.  I tried to call tonight and volunteer, and got through on my 3rd try.  A very nice lady took my information and said that every volunteer would get a call back, but it could take 2 to 3 days to get to me.  Since I pretty much just have the next 2 days free (kids with their dad for a long weekend), I’m just going to show up at the shelter in Austin and do whatever I can.  I figure, if I show up in my nurse scrubs, lugging a bag of wound care supplies, they’ll probably find something for me to do.  :)

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