Forward to next post: Apocalypse deferred; likely damage merely “incredible”
Check-in pages: type in a quick comment to let people know you’re okay, and where you are.
The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network has a web form for submitting names and addresses of people for whom a health and welfare check is desired; it says on the web page, “Your inquiry will be sent to the disaster area, where SATERN personnel will attempt to locate the person or persons about whom you are inquiring.”
craigslist>New Orleans>lost & found has been pressed into use as a check-in page.
(Thank you, Debra Doyle, for the SATERN and RWA links.)
Who’s good right now:
The Times-Picayune was hanging in there like a champ, but the last story I saw from them was about how they were having to evacuate to another location. (Signs of stress: They had a typo in their lead.) Let’s hope they reappear.
I’m leaving the New Orleans webcams in the links list, mostly because my heart isn’t yet up to the task of deleting them, but I doubt any of them are operational.
My current favorite source for what’s going on in New Orleans itself is the NOLA View weblog, a.k.a. nola.com.
For all the others feeling the brunt of Katrina, I can’t improve on the well-organized and constantly updated Wikipedia entry.
If you know of a good site, the comment thread’s right there.
Basic info and primary data:
Boing Boing and its readers have been collecting links to aerial and satellite images of the areas hit by Katrina.
Boing Boing has also been collecting reports of and links to phony Katrina aid scam websites. This was predictable; fraudulent victim-relief collection scams pop up like mushrooms any time there’s a major disaster.
NOAA/NWS’s National Hurricane Center website.
The National Weather Service Telecommunication Operations Center, the National Weather Service Forecast Office for New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and the NWS Nonprecipitation Warnings. Even the weather junkies amongst us have never seen the NWS use language like they’ve used tonight. It’s terrifying.
Wikipedia is doing a magnificent job of collecting and compiling information on Katrina.
New Orleans webcams. Some are down; others are still in operation.
Even more NOLA webcams. There’s some overlap from site to site.
Brian Robak has a spectacular collection of animated and still radar and satellite images.
A satellite image of New Orleans, for reference.
The concise New Orleans Hurricane Impact Study Area page, with assorted useful links, maps, and charts, including a shaded wireframe map of areas of New Orleans that are below sea level.
News compilers and knowledgeable watchers:
Jeff Masters’ extremely knowledgeable Weather Underground site.
Steve Gregory’s Weather Underground page.
Stormtrack: Frequent updates, bleakly humorous titles.
New Orleans Metroblog is collecting storm reports and substantial first-person accounts.
So is the NOLA View weblog.
MetaFilter is accumulating material as usual: much signal, much noise.
Insomnia is collecting storm reports at his Live Journal.
Hurricane Risk for New Orleans: one of the two prescient articles everyone’s quoting.
Chris Mooney’s Thinking Big about Hurricanes: the other prescient and much-quoted article.
“Did New Orleans Catastrophe Have to Happen? ‘Times-Picayune’ Had Repeatedly Raised Federal Spending Issues” by Will Bunch, in Editor & Publisher. A very strong article which lays out Bush & Co.’s consistent policy of stripping funding from levee maintenance and hurricane preparedness in the Gulf Coast area in order to reallocate those funds to the Department of Homeland Security and the war in Iraq.
An old Making Light post about New Orleans’ vulnerability.
Popular Mechanics published an article on what could happen if New Orleans gets hit by a Cat. 5 hurricane. The article might have gotten more attention if it hadn’t been published 9/11/01.
Charlie Stross on The potential cost of Katrina, and its impact on the American economy.