Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hurricane Katrina: Victims Scream for Help!

Author: Jeff OReilly

As the damage, lives, and missing are calculated the rest of the victims of Hurricane Katrina are asking what can they do to help and how can they be helped in their situation of distress. The American Red Cross is helping as much as they can and collecting funds to increase their capability to help the victims.

Federal help has been implemented, as well, to help the victims and their families get back on their feet. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is now helping in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and southern Florida. With this extra help many of the needed supplies for the people of the area will be supplied, as well as the needed funds to prepare to rebuild.

Many individuals have rallied as well to help those in need, both with missing people and fixing damages. Searches are being conducted all across Louisiana and Mississippi to find missing people in the rubble and destruction that was left behind Katrina's path.

Hopefully with all the help that the people of these states are receiving they will quickly be able to get back to their everyday lives. But for now Hurricane Katrina victims still need help in lots of ways and are asking where to go for help and have found a group of local websites such as and to be of great help to look for information at the state level. At a more local level they have found and These sites provide hope and information for these devastated people. The forums created by the webmasters provide information for the victims in an organized manner. As well as a way to ask questions about what is being done in their local areas in the way of rebuilding and finding lost loved ones. And in a smaller, but still important aspect, giving the victims a place to tell their stories as a way of helping them cope with their losses and move on with their lives.

There are several ways to help including donating to the Red Cross fund at and also helping more directly by volunteering time to help. Another way to help these people directly if you don't have a lot of time you can visit the My United States Network sites and give these people hope and information in the forums.

About the author: Jeff O'Reilly is a nationally syndicated author who reports for the My United States Network.


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