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Day three and we just got our power back on. Thank God dad works for the electric company. August in Louisiana is a bitch. But even without power for the past few days, we here in Baton Rouge have been the lucky ones. I'm sure by now that ya'll have heard of the devastation in New Orleans. It is really bad. My grandparents got out early and are currently staying at a hotel in Shreveport (northern LA) but the hotels are starting to kick people out who didn't bring enough cash to pay for long term stays. So they might be coming to my parents house for a month or so. Their house was in the hardest hit area, St. Bernard parish. Most likely it is completely under water. My Great-Aunt decided to stay in New Orleans and ride it out, no one has heard from her. It's very sad and scary. It just seems to be getting worse everyday too. There are still people stuck in their houses needing rescuing, and yes, there are bodies and dead livestock floating in the flood waters. We haven't heard from my brother either. He was in Mississippi near Gulf Port. My hubby works near New Orleans, and they aren't letting anyone near there. If they don't let them in within the week, we will probably lose our apartment, as we are one of the families who live paycheck to paycheck. But when you put it into perspective, we are lucky. We have our lives and health. Today is my 28th birthday and I am alive and well.

Um... I'm not really sure what to say at this point, except that donations to Red Cross are desperately needed, and of course, your prayers. But, I just wanted to let my crazyfriends know that I am ok. We have damage around here in Baton Rouge, but we did come out of all this unscathed. Believe me, I am counting my blessings.

Croix

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I'm glad that you're alive and well, Croix. I'll be thinking of you and your family. Everyone else that's down there, too. Hope things turn out for the best.

Our family's donating to the Red Cross next paycheck.

Mimi

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Asking for donations to the Red Cross.

I live 200 miles NW of New Orleans. We were spared from the hurricane but have thousands of refugees in our town totally dependent upon charity relief. We are doing the best we can but need help with supplies for basic needs. There are thousands upon thousands of people in the state who are literally refugees and have nowhere to go. They are probably permanently displaced.

Please help if you can.

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Hi All,

I live in the tampa bay area - florida. and when this thing was first being forcasted, it was supposed to go across the state as the hurricanes did last year. well the biotch katrina hit miami and then went around the gulf. so, we missed most of it. just the outer bands from when it was hitting miami.

but anyway - my heart really goes out to the people in LA & MS. I am truly sorry. You are all in my prayers.

love,

december

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im really glad to hear that you are okay... that is the most important thing there is....no matter what.... be well, Croix....

december, i am relieved that  u guys did not get hit head on this time like the area has before....

to both of you, i am glad that everyone is alright....

my thoughts are with you

xoxo

<3

~Ophelia

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Our local radio station is doing a "request-a-thon" where anything goes, so long as you donate for it.  (In format: $30, slightly out of format: $60, way out of format: $80, local bands:  $200.)  It's really hilarious to hear Better than Ezra followed by Pantera followed by Barry Manilow followed by Milli Vanilli.  (Seriously, that was a string this morning.)  A ton of people are just donating money without any sort of request.

They did it for the tsunami victims and raised over $200k.  The Red Cross asked them to do another right after the hurricane hit. 

As of 8am, we were at about $136k. ;) They're still going strong!

If you want to, you can stream and watch their webcam.  The site is:  TheBuzz.com

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Update:

Not ten minutes after I got off the computer after starting this topic the other day, the power went out again for the rest of the day. They got it back on, just having some problems keeping it on with all the damage. We seem to be in good shape now.

The rumors are flying around here like crazy. I had to go to the grocery store yesterday to restock my fridge (after I finally made it back to my apt.) Obviously we lost everything in there from the power being out for 4 days. Well, I got a couple of phone calls from friends/family telling me not to go by myself. Someone heard from someone else that there had been riots at local stores from people fighting over the dwindling food supply. So, I had to wait for hubby to come home to take me and the boy to the store. It was a madhouse. All the meat, bread, ice, and most of the drinks were gone. People were shoving and the lines were 10 people deep. Looked like wal mart the day they start christmas sales. But I managed to snag some food and water. We have enough for about a week now. Sounds bleak, but we are still in much better shape than the evacuees and those still left in the big easy. About half the gas stations in the area are empty. They simply have no fuel left.

My sis works at a bank and they are scared of being robbed. Their computers are still down and customers are getting irate. Another family member works for the insurance co. and they have armed security guards escorting them in and out the building two at a time. I guess they feel it is necessary, but it is making everyone around here more nervous. We just don't feel safe. They report on the news that there are rumors of rioting in downtown Baton Rouge, but then they can't confirm.

We are having to register with FEMA for unemployed workers due to the hurricane as hubby works out of NO. Not sure what that means. If we'll receive temporary monetary aid or what. In the meantime we are both looking for any employment we can get. The bills come regardless.

Baton Rouge is a city of roughly 500,000 people, and we are expected to double that amount soon. A lot of people are expected to stay and make this their new home, once things settle down. We aren't equipped roads, employment, school-wise for that many more folks. That'll be interesting to see how that all pans out. It's all up in the air, and will be for some time I suspect.

Anyway, I just wanted to update ya'll on BR conditions. Yes, we are having hardships but we are surviving. Better than alot of people down here.

Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers. I really means alot.

Croix

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Croix,

Thank you so much for your updates. I wish I could do something productive. Donating money and clothing is all fine and well, but I wish I could do something concrete right now.

I am proud of my community, though, raising over $400,000 from 8 am - 8 pm yesterday. Our local radio stations got together and broadcast from the local mall. There were so many people coming in, it stopped traffic.

Stay safe.

Greeny

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Thanks for updating us.  I am praying for everybody involved in this chaotic awful mess.  I wish the best for you and your family.  I have donated to Red Cross and several charities.  I know what a privelege it is to live far from there and not have to worry about separation from family members.  It sounds like you are handling this so much better than I ever could imagine.  Thank you.

Katie ;)

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I would donate to the red cross, but I'm broke, and FEMA WON'T LET THE RED CROSS INTO THE CITY, so there's not much of a point.

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FEMA won't let the Red Cross into the city for one big reason, security. The Red Cross is operating in all the cities and towns where the refugees are now living. There are well over one million displaced people now living in shelters from Little Rock, Ark. to Austin, Tx. to Atlanta, Ga. and all the small towns in between. The population of our town has increased by approx. 25-30%.

I understand the being broke bit. My medical bills equaled a quarter of my income last year.

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Croix........

I see you haven't posted in a couple of days..............I hope all is well where you are.

I'm also in Louisiana, working at a Red Cross Shelter.  We had a little over 1000 evacuees, and last night another 500 arrived on buses straight from New Orleans. 

I want everyone to know that the people of Louisiana are doing an amazing job of helping all those who were caught in this tragedy.  It's really beyond description here right now.  I know everyone has probably seen the desperation and horrific conditions on the news, but that in no way can describe what it's really like. 

We are thrilled and relieved to hear of all the offers of help coming from all over the country.  It has moved me to tears to know that we aren't so alone in all of this now.  To everyone who has helped in any way................thank you...............thank you from the heart. 

Croix........I hope you will check in soon....................as a fellow Louisianaian, you are in my thoughts. 

lilyrose

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Does anyone know what meds keep you from being able to give blood?

VE, one Canadian blood supply organization has posted a detailed list of "banned" medications here. I've yet to find such a detailed list for the American Red Cross. This could be a good sign -- perhaps their standards are less stringent in this regard. Their online eligibility requirements can be found on this page, flagged to the medication section.

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My power is off - again. They just can't seem to keep it on. I'm over at dad's house right now, enjoying his air conditioning.

I keep flip-flopping back and forth between feeling sorry for myself and my family, and feeling guilty about not being appreciative enough for what I do have. I mean, I'm not displaced from New Orleans. I have a roof over my head and food.

I finally broke down yesterday and mourned for my beloved city now lost. I recall all the wonderful adventures I had there. From the yearly Shangri-La parade down Judge Perez Ave. during Mardi Gras to 2am karaoke at the Cat's Meow down Bourbon St. From the Aquarium of the Americas to historic Cafe du Monde. From Commander's Palace restaurant to the Riverwalk. From christmas in City Park to my grandparents house. All feels lost... until I catch a local news story. In one small town, a group of residents, rich and poor, black and white, young and old, that stayed behind have banded together to form a real community. They have been watching over one another's property while another group of them go out seeking supplies and food. They congregate at each other's houses at night, for safety and companionship. They clean up each other's yards and begin repairing each other's houses. No law enforcement there, no commerce, no anything. Just a group of strangers living an isolated existence in a small town, working together to survive. And hearing that gives me hope again. New Orleans will rebuild, bigger and better than ever. We'll be able to celebrate Mardi Gras again, and my son will have his school field trip to the Audubon Zoo. It will take some time, but it will happen.

Thank you so much for all ya'lls support and prayers. LilyRose, you are a blessing. And snailuv, personally thank your brother for me, and give him a big ole kiss.

Love

Croix

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