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Posted: Sep 3, 2005 - 11:29am

Three Carnival Cruise Ships to House Katrina Refugees

Saturday, September 03, 2005

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has chartered three luxury cruise liners — Ecstasy, Sensation and Holiday — for the next six months to provide temporary housing for victims of Hurricane Katrina (search), Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) said Saturday.

Two of the ships, the Ecstasy and Sensation, have a maximum capacity of 2,606 each and will be based in Galveston, Texas, while the third boat, the Holiday, has a maximum capacity of 1,800 and will likely be docked in Mobile, Ala., the Miami-based company said.

Thousands of people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were left homeless after Katrina ripped across the Gulf Coast with powerful winds and widespread flooding, ruining homes, buildings and critical infrastructure.

Carnival, which is the namesake brand of the world's largest cruise company, Carnival Corp., declined to say how much the Federal Emergency Management Agency (search) was paying to charter the ships.

The company said people who had their trips canceled on the three ships could receive a full refund or book a trip on another cruise ship. Some future travelers are being switched to another boat.

It was not immediately clear what would be the total impact on the company by removing three ships from service. Carnival crews will operate the ships which will be at the disposal of the U.S. Military Sealift Command (search), according to the company.

"This inconvenience to our guests will provide desperately needed housing for thousands of individuals affected by this tragedy," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and chief executive officer.


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Posted: Sep 3, 2005 - 11:06am

Something to consider ... from Jean Hudon's Earth Rainbow network ...

The biggest website in the world,, displays a Red Cross donation link prominently on its front page.

Every time there is a major catastrophe the Red Cross and similar organizations like United Way are given all the media attention while other charities are left in the shadows. This is not to say that the vast majority of Red Cross workers are not decent people who simply want to help those in need.

But what the media fails consistently to remember in their promotion of the organization is that the Red Cross have been caught time and time again withholding money in the wake of horrible disasters that require immediate release of funds.

The Red Cross, under the Liberty Fund, collected $564 million in donations after 9/11. Months after the event, the Red Cross had distributed only $154 million ( . The Red Cross' explanation for keeping the majority of the money was that it would be used to help 'fight the war on terror'. To the victims, this meant that the money was going towards bombing broken backed third world countries like Afghanistan and setting up surveillance cameras and expanding the police state in US cities, and not towards helping them rebuild their lives. Then Red Cross President Dr. Bernadine Healy arrogantly responded when questioned about the withholding of funds by stating, "The Liberty Fund is a war fund. It has evolved into a war fund."

Despite the family members of victims of 9/11 complaining bitterly to a House Energy and Commerce Committee's oversight panel, the issue seemed to be brushed under the carpet and the mud didn't stick.

The Red Cross' scandalous activities reach back far before 9/11. See:

After the devastating San Francisco earthquake in 1989, the Red Cross passed on only $10 million of the $50 million that had been raised, and banked the rest. Similar donations after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and the Red River flooding in 1997 were also greedily withheld.

Smaller charities that were involved with the 2004 Tsunami relief project went public to say that large charities like Red Cross and United Way were engaged in secret backroom negotiations with each other that meant a large portion of the donation money was purposefully restricted from reaching the most needy areas affected by the disaster.

The history is clear. The Red Cross and other large so-called charities are in actual fact front group collection agencies for the military industrial complex.

Many informed historians have even alleged that the Red Cross was used as a Skull and Bones cover to overthrow The Russian Czar and pave the way for the rise of the Bolsheviks.

Do not give any money to the Red Cross unless you support the expansion of empire abroad and police state at home. Find a smaller trustworthy organization in the local area of New Orleans and make your donation to them.

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Posted: Sep 2, 2005 - 11:24pm

More help links.

A very good list is at ...

Louisiana Governor Establishes Special Fund to Aid Victims of Katrina

As the world reacts to news of disaster wrought by Hurricane Katrina, the outpouring of sentiment and support is mounting from Americans to assist those in dire need.

"We have a monumental problem and must rely on the kind and generous acts of our fellow Americans", said Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, from her disaster command operations in Baton Rouge. "We applaud gifts being given to our disaster aid partners worldwide and want those who wish to give directly to our effort here to have the option for this direct, immediate impact."

The governor has established this foundation to focus on long-term recovery, to collect and distribute donations to private and public entities for disaster relief for losses and/or damages brought on as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

The special fund can be reached on the Internet at

To contribute directly, send contributions to:

Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, Inc.
c/o Division of Administration
1201 North Third Street, Suite 7-240
P.O. Box 94095
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9095

Phone: (225) 342-7000
Fax: (225) 342-1057


The Humane Society of the United States Is in Mississippi Helping Animal Victims

The Humane Society of the United States Disaster Animal Response Team (DART), in conjunction with the Mississippi Board of Animal Health, is in Mississippi assisting with a pet-friendly shelter that has been established at the Coliseum in Jackson, which currently houses more than 80 animals. For the Jackson, Miss. area only, a phone number has been established to call to report missing or found pets. The number is 1-800-252-0923.

This morning, seven HSUS DART and HSUS coordinated response teams headed south to the Hattiesburg area to conduct damage assessments and provide help as they find animals in need. The HSUS National DART team includes more than 35 trained responders, including members from the Okaloosa (FL) DART, Sumter County (FL) DART, Humane Society of Missouri, Day's End Farm Horse Rescue (MD), and others. Team capabilities include field expertise in search and rescue, first aid and sheltering of companion animals, horses, livestock and wildlife.

The HSUS will be deploying staff to Louisiana once we gain access from the government agencies to enter the state. The HSUS has a team staged and ready to go in once the go-ahead is given.

The HSUS team in Houston is supporting the Houston SPCA's efforts to arrange sheltering for pets of people staying in area shelters. Volunteers are helping transport animals from evacuees arriving at the Astrodome and taking them to a temporary shelter, which will be fully operational by Friday. Earlier this week, The HSUS supported the evacuation of animals from the Louisiana SPCA to shelters throughout Texas for adoption.

The HSUS has been planning for Hurricane Katrina since last week, coordinating with other organizations through state agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

The costs associated with The HSUS' rescue efforts are expected to exceed the organization's previous major disaster responses, which include aiding the animal victims of last year's tsunami, and responding to the series of hurricanes that hit Florida last year. The HSUS is accepting donations to support its disaster response efforts by calling 1-800-HUMANE-1, and on its web site - - or by sending checks to HSUS Disaster Relief Fund, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037.


American Red Cross Announces Family Linking Available Via

Washington - The American Red Cross, with support of the worldwide Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, is launching a Web site to help assist family members who are seeking news about loved ones living in the path of Hurricane Katrina. Visit the "Family Links Registry" to register yourself, a missing relative or view the existing list of registrants.

Evacuees wishing to inform loved ones of their location can register their name by clicking on "Family Links Registry." Concerned loved ones can register the names of their loved ones and view the list of those already posted. Due to the extent of the damage and the number of people displaced, concerned friends and family members are encouraged to visit the site daily to consult the list, as it will be updated continuously. A toll-free hotline is being established for those who do not have internet access.

During the unprecedented hurricane season of last year, with four hurricanes in just six weeks, the American Red Cross received more than 300,000 phone calls - most coming from people looking for missing loved ones. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, loved ones across America and around the world are again turning to the Red Cross for help.

The American Red Cross is dedicated as an organization to re-establishing family links. In order to expedite this process, we have tapped into the capacity of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), whose experience in connecting families separated by disaster or armed conflict is unsurpassed. As Americans give to the international community during times of crisis, the international community is now giving back.

The Family Links Web site is a voluntary, self-registration system. The American Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have no means of verifying the information posted. As it is a public site, information posted is not confidential.

The American Red Cross, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, governmental and non-profit agencies, is part of a monumental response to this disaster. As we all work to assist victims of this catastrophic event, the Red Cross is there to address the basic needs of those affected. As a team, we are working to alleviate the anxiety of those searching for news of their loved ones.

American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of this and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting

Long list ...

Relief Organizations


State Office of Emergency Preparedness in Baton Rouge, La.:

Keep trying all of these numbers:
(225) 925-7708
(225) 925-7709
(225) 925-3511
(225) 925-7412
(225) 925-0325
(225) 925-0332
(225) 925-0333
(225) 925-0334
(225) 925-0335

If you cannot get through, file a report with the US Coast Guard on the internet at:

You can also call out-of-state friends or family members who may be able to contact emergency crews more quickly.


For Relief Information:
FirstGov Katrina Recovery


88 Hamilton Ave.
Stamford, CT 06902

American Friends Service Committee
1501 Cherry St.
Philadelphia, PA

American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013

America's Second Harvest
35 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2000
Chicago, IL 60601

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation
402 N. Fourth Street
Baton Rouge, La. 70802

B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund

Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities USA
P.O. Box 25168
Alexandria, Va.

Episcopal Relief and Development
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
(800) 334-7626


Gifts In Kind International
333 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Habitat for Humanity International
121 Habitat St
Americus, GA 31709

Islamic Relief
P.O. Box 6098
Burbank, CA 91510

ICNA Relief
166-26, 89th. Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432, USA

Katrina Message Boards

Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The Network for Good

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Operation USA

Salvation Army
P.O. Box 4857
Jackson, Miss.
1-800-SAL ARMY

United Jewish Communities
UJC, Inc. Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 30
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113

United Methodist Committee on Relief
P.O. Box 9068
New York, NY

World Vision

"Please consider these aid agencies for donations to help the victims of hurricane Katrina. Truthout is not affiliated with any of these organizations, nor can we directly vouch for them."

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Posted: Sep 2, 2005 - 2:54pm

pdhski wrote:
Sadly, times like this bring out the scam artists as well. To be sure you are dealing with a reputable aid agency, you can review information from the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

The Alliance reports on nationally soliciting charitable organizations that are the subject of donor inquiries. These reports include an evaluation of the subject charity in relation to the voluntary BBB charity standards.

Sad .....but true. I just volunteered to help the Red Cross. They'll let me know when and where after a training course.

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Posted: Sep 1, 2005 - 9:53am

Cash Sought to Help Hurricane Victims (FEMA)
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Posted: Sep 1, 2005 - 9:41am


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Posted: Sep 1, 2005 - 6:24am

callum wrote:

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Might I also suggest Habitat for own personal fave, but also going to be very vital in helping re-build or provide homes for re-located N.O. residents

Habitat for Humanity:

(click here)
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Posted: Sep 1, 2005 - 6:19am


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Posted: Aug 31, 2005 - 7:29pm

This a reposting of the list I published on Monday ...

Volunteer agencies provide a wide variety of services after disasters, such as clean up, childcare, housing repair, crisis counseling, sheltering and food.

"We're grateful for the outpouring of support already," Brown said. "But it's important that volunteer response is coordinated by the professionals who can direct volunteers with the appropriate skills to the hardest-hit areas where they are needed most. Self-dispatched volunteers and especially sightseers can put themselves and others in harm's way and hamper rescue efforts."

Here is a list of 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

Operation Blessing 1-800-436-6348

America's Second Harvest

Donate Cash to and Volunteer with

Adventist Community Services

Catholic Charities, USA
703 549-1390

Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Church World Service

Convoy of Hope

Lutheran Disaster Response

Mennonite Disaster Service

Nazarene Disaster Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Salvation Army
1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440

United Methodist Committee on Relief

For further information: visit the Web site for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).

FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.
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Posted: Aug 31, 2005 - 1:04pm

BillG wrote:
Thanks a lot for all of the links & suggestions. Rebecca & I encourage all RPers to pitch in & help our neighbors down on the Gulf Coast.


Thank you Rebecca and Bill!
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Posted: Aug 31, 2005 - 10:40am

Thanks a lot for all of the links & suggestions. Rebecca & I encourage all RPers to pitch in & help our neighbors down on the Gulf Coast.
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Posted: Aug 31, 2005 - 9:20am

Sadly, times like this bring out the scam artists as well. To be sure you are dealing with a reputable aid agency, you can review information from the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

The Alliance reports on nationally soliciting charitable organizations that are the subject of donor inquiries. These reports include an evaluation of the subject charity in relation to the voluntary BBB charity standards.

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Posted: Aug 31, 2005 - 8:43am

Chris at Rude Cactus has compiled a list of relief agencies on his blog.

Check it out at the end of this post.
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Posted: Aug 31, 2005 - 8:37am

I was just talking with my nephew in northern Kentucky...his band (and 4 others) are doing to have a benefit concert to raise all the money they can! I was so proud to hear that!

So if you live in the Cincinnati area--watch for that...his band is called The Frankl Project.
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Posted: Aug 31, 2005 - 8:34am

JrzyTmata wrote:

Good vibes and prayer are all well and good, but let's back it up with some $$
Red Cross
Salvation Army

from the Driving on new Orleans forum

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Posted: Aug 31, 2005 - 8:31am

I know a lot of people are looking for somewhere to help out by monetary gifts. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has a Disaster Relief Program where 100% of your gift goes towards the need. I don't know of many other places that claim that.
:grouphug: Our prayers are with the survivors and families.