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the company I work for has posted a long list of relief organizations on its website. (About 150 employees of the company were in the affected area and the company is still trying to track them all down.) I thought I'd post the list here:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA is taking the lead role in coordinating relief efforts. The agency is posting information about the storm on its Web site at FEMA (

Voluntary organizations are seeking cash donations to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina in Gulf Coast states, according to Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response. But volunteers should not report directly to the affected areas unless directed by a voluntary agency.

State Relief
State responses are being coordinated by the following organizations:

Louisiana Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (
Louisiana Governor's Office (
City of New Orleans (

The relief effort is still being hampered by flooding in some areas. Up-to-date information can be found at these web sites:

National Weather Service (
National Weather Service Hydrologic Information Center (river flooding only) ( )
The American Red Cross ( opened a telephone hotline on Sunday to receive for donations from citizens. The number is 1-800-435-7669. Also, the Red Cross shelter information for Louisiana is available by calling 1-800-469-4828.

Other Relief Organizations Soliciting Donations
Catholic Charities (
Episcopal Relief and Development (
Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (
Salvation Army (
United Methodist Committee on Relief (

The Salvation Army's Team Emergency Radio Network ( was taking requests for information on the welfare and status of loved ones in the hurricane area at its web site.

As of 9 a.m. ET Wednesday, August 31, the Federal Aviation Administration ( reported that airports had been closed in New Orleans; Baton Rouge; Mobile, Ala.; Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss.; and Pensacola, Fla. Major delays were expected at other airports in the Southeast and the domino effect from them could spread all the way across the country.

Phone Numbers Set Up Solely for Cash Donations and/or Volunteers

Donate cash to:

American Red Cross
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English
1-800-257-7575 Spanish

UPDATE RIGHT HERE: Operation Blessing is nut-case Pat Robertson's Virginia-based outfit. See here. The company obviously cut and pasted this list from FEMA's.

I'm just going to delete the rest of the list and point you to The Whiskey Bar. Billmon does a better job, with links.

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