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Katrina Database for Missing Being Started

Reported by Judy - August 31, 2005

We at News Hounds cannot do much for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, but we do want to publicize information about a database being compiled of people who are missing and may need rescuing.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Tuesday (August 30, 2005) that the number to call to add people to the data base is 225-925-6626. The web edition of the paper at www.nola.com has a brief blurb on the database, with the note that the newspaper staff tried to call the number yesterday but could not get through because of a busy signal. I did not try to call the number because I did not want to add to the load.

The newspaper also has set up forums for people to share information they have about what is happening in individual neighborhoods regarding flooding and so on. The threads I looked at were mostly from people looking for information rather than providing it.

There also is a space for people who want to send messages of hope or sympathy to the suffering people. I'm not expecting anything from Sean Hannity, Fred Barnes, Brit Hume, Mort Kondracke, or Charles Krauthamer to show up there.

In Biloxi, Mississippi, the Sun Herald is less organized. Its web page has a section asking for its employee to call in and let management know where they are. But they do have information about some neighborhoods and some photos.

Anyone who wants to start a thread on our OT forum either looking for information or sharing information on the conditions of neighborhoods in New Orleans, or Gulfport or Biloxi, MS; people still missing, and so on, please feel free to do so. I assume even the trolls will have enough sense to respect it.

Good luck everybody.

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