New OrleansPosted: August 31, 2005
It's more than a little mind-numbing that a major American city has been completely devastated. The New York Times quotes the mayor as estimating that 80% of the city is underwater. The same article says that some officials were trying to institute martial law, especially after widespread looting broke out. And then there's this quote from Peter Teahen of the American Red Cross: “We are looking now at a disaster above any magnitude that we've seen in the United States. We've been saying that the response is going to be the largest Red Cross response in the history of the organization.”
I experienced something strange over the past few days with regard to this story. Obviously the hurricaine story has loomed large in the news, but I basically ignored it until this morning. I passed it off as another overblown media story where the correspondents would go out in a poncho and scream into the microphone, and some power lines would go down and that would be it. I'm sure there's a lesson in it for me, but I have no idea what it is. I'm tempted to blame the media, which is constantly crying wolf, but I also need to become less cynical when it comes to these sort of things.
Anyway, if you want to find out how to help, it's not hard. Visit just about any major news website, and look for a “How to Help” link.