Regular twice-daily updates to “Live from Katrina” come to an end tonight. On Sunday morning Terry will be traveling to Washington, D.C., and from there to Wisconsin (about which more in due course). He’ll be blogging from the road as often as possible, but posting of all kinds will be unpredictably intermittent until his return to New York on September 15.
As of Monday, “Live from Katrina” will no longer appear at the top of “About Last Night”‘s front page, but the URL will remain active indefinitely, along with all our links to Katrina-related blogs and other Web sites.
Our thanks to everyone who’s written in recent days with words of praise and encouragement. What we did wasn’t much–not compared to the valiant efforts of those on the ground in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast–but we did our best to spread the word.
If you haven’t made a donation to relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, scroll down and do it now. Dig a little deeper in your pocket and give a little more than you think you can afford. The more it hurts you, the more it’ll help them.
(To skip directly to Friday’s art-related postings, go here.)
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Here’s a list of bloggers who’ve been posting from/near/about New Orleans and the Gulf Coast:
• Beans…It Happens (reports on conditions in St. Charles Parish and elsewhere)
• Black Cat Bone (blogging by a Mississippi artist familiar with New Orleans)
• Josh Britton (an essential source for news updates and LSU-related information)
• Electric Mist (first-person blogging from Baton Rouge)
• Everything and Nothing (blogging from Jackson, Miss.)
• A Frolic of My Own (blogging from the New Orleans area)
• Eyes on Katrina (a newspaper blog from South Mississippi)
• Rex Hammock (blogging from Nashville)
• Hurricane Harbor (blogging from Miami)
• Hurricane Katrina (blogging from Baton Rouge, with new posts appearing at the bottom of the page)
• Hurricane Katrina–First Reports (a Web page from the American Association of Museums containing information on the post-Katrina condition of museums and other cultural institutions in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region)
• Insomnia (excerpts from postings by New Orleans LiveJournal users)
• Katrina and the Arts (a regularly updated posting at Tyler Green’s “Modern Art Notes” blog, covering “Katrina’s impact on cultural institutions and the like in Louisiana and Mississippi”)
• Katrina Help Wiki Portal (a how-to-help info site)
• Katrinacane’s Friends* (more New Orleans LiveJournal entries)
• Kaye’s Hurricane Katrina Blog (sporadic postings from Baton Rouge)
• Lone Star Times (live blogging from the Astrodome in Houston)
• Brendan Loy (an essential source for Katrina-related local newslinks and summaries and other information, including e-mail from readers in the affected areas)
• Michelle Malkin (a wide-ranging source of links to Katrina-related stories)
• Jeff Masters (a highly knowledgeable weatherblogger)
• Metroblogging New Orleans (a group blog)
• mgno.com, a/k/a “The Interdictor” (frequently updated reports from New Orleans, plus extensive comments)
• One Hand Clapping (blogging from Tennessee)
• Overtaken by Events
• paultwo (a Baton Rouge-based photoblog)
• Pitch & Green
• Slidell Hurricane Damage Blog (updates from New Orleans)
• a small victory (blogging “good-news” stories from New Orleans)
• Storm Digest (frequently updated)
• Tulane University Emergency Information
• Updates as They Come In on Katrina (WWL-TV’s news blog, constantly updated, an essential source for bulletins from the only New Orleans TV station that has been able to stay on the air continuously throughout the crisis)
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Artsjournal.com, which hosts “About Last Night,” has a separate page called “Hurricane Katrina & The Arts” with links to sites and stories about the effects of Katrina on the arts community.
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Here’s a link to the AP’s national wire, to which Katrina-related stories are being posted around the clock.
Here’s the breaking-news page from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which also has an in-house blog, “Notebook from the Hurricane Bunker,” that is now posting messages from evacuees and those searching for them. Both pages are must reading for anyone wanting to know what’s happening on the ground in New Orleans.
Also on the paper’s Web site is a missing persons forum.
Two other sites are serving as clearinghouses for those trying to get information about friends and family, looking for temporary shelter, or looking for opportunities to volunteer: craigslist New Orleans and katrinacheckin.org. NowPublic is a message board with photos of missing persons. N.O. Pundit is a group of message boards for Orleans Parish survivors, family members, etc., organized by neighborhood.
Hibernia Corporation is requesting that all of its employees who live in areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina call the following toll-free number: 1-800-707-0489. They want to find out where you are and how you’re doing. If you need help, they will put you in touch with the right resources. If you see anyone you know who works for Hibernia, please pass along this message to them. Please identify yourself as a Hibernia employee when you call.
Here’s a page of Katrina-related e-mail received by the BBC and updated regularly.
Here’s an automated aggregrator page of Katrina-related bloglinks.
Here’s a transcript of a 2002 radio documentary detailing a worst-case scenario for Category Five hurricane damage in New Orleans.
And here’s a feature from the Times-Picayune on the same subject. (This one will make your hair stand on end.)
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Here’s an extensive list of flood-aid links recommended by bloggers throughout the ‘sphere.
Our Girl and I recommend the McCormick Tribune Foundation in Chicago, which is matching donations to its Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign, $1 for every $2 given. Contributions can be made here.
The Southeastern Museums Conference has started a “Hurricane Katrina Fund” to help support post-Katrina repair and conservation efforts at museums affected by the hurricane and its aftermath. For information on how to contribute, go here.
Ben Jaffe, manager (and bass player) at Preservation
Hall, has announced a fund to help support New Orleans musicians who have been left destitute by the storm. For information, go here.
HurricAid is a group blog devoted to disseminating information about aid efforts.
NBC-TV will be broadcasting a hurricane-relief benefit tonight at eight p.m. EDT (live on the East Coast, via tape delay on the West Coast).
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Here’s a sad and beautiful elegy for the New Orleans that used to be, written by a man who knew it well and holds out hope for its eventual restoration.
For a more pessimistic view, go here.
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Finally, a personal word from Terry to all those bloggers posting from the Gulf Coast, and everyone else who was caught in the path of Katrina: we New Yorkers know about disasters, and our hearts are with you. May the world reach out to you as it did to us.