The pictures, stories, and news is truly incredible and sad. It’s amazing a city of a half-million people can be called un-inhabitable and all citizens are told to leave the city.
I have a friend who’s parents & brother’s family live in New Orleans. Her parents were on vacation when it hit and couldn’t get back to their house. Her brother’s family left before the storm hit thankfully. Now, their house, along with her brother’s, is likely a complete loss based on where they are and the news reports. Her parents only have a vacations-worth of clothes, one car, and their golf clubs… everything else is lost. Same with her brother. Her brother is moving to Jacksonville for the time being so his 2nd grade son can enroll in school here since the schools in New Orleans won’t be open for a minimum of 3 months.
Gas prices have already started to spike (if you’re unaware, 20–40% of the USA’s energy comes from the gulf). On my way home there were lines at gas stations (yup, I filled up too). They put out requests in northeast Florida for people to please conserve energy as their supplies are going to take a hit. For the rest of the week Meredith and I plan to carpool downtown where we work… about a 50 minute commute.
Meredith and I, being new parents, thought about those with babies. Imagine, no supplies. No formula, no diapers… it’s unimaginable. Today she’s going to get a few cases of diapers to donate and put on a truck bound for New Orleans. If you’re in Jacksonville, you can drop stuff off at a tractor trailer between the arena & football stadium that’s being run by First Coast News Chanell 12 . Presentation Resourcem PRI Productions , a company that puts on events and shows, is filling two of their semi’s to take things to the Big Easy (not sure where, contact them they are accepting donations at their office in San Marco from 7a-7p… call 904.398.8179 for directions if needed). The Jacksonville Fire Dept requested people donate stuff to put in a small box truck (like the rentals)… instead they are taking 6 semi’s donated by the city that from the overwhelming donations.
If you don’t live in Jacksonville, or the USA for that matter, and you find that you’d like to help, you can donate to the Red Cross or pick a charity from the FEMA website from the list of legit organizations.
[Updated 9/2 6:20a] Added PRI Productions drop off info.