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Below are links and articles provided to help volunteer managers with disaster recovery efforts from Hurrican Katrina. Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional information or links that you would like to share with your professional counterparts around the country. We will post them as we receive them.
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Tech Folks are Mobilizing Now for the Next Disaster
Full article link: http://blog.deborah.elizabeth.finn.com/blog/_archives/2005/9/15/1230048.html.
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Survivors of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
MADRE is working with the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV) to protect survivors of domestic violence and child abuse who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Because of the hurricane, all direct services for survivors of domestic violence in the gulf coast region have been suspended. Several women's shelters have been completely destroyed; others were forced to evacuate. The thousands of women and children who were in those shelters require urgent assistance. And many more women now face an increased threat of rape and battering, which tend to surge in the wake of disasters, as men react to their own trauma with violence and a vain attempt to reassert control in the face of chaos and loss.
The LCADV reports that many women are afraid to register with the Red Cross for fear that their batterers will use the registry to find them. And the LCADV has received reports that women are being battered by their partners in the emergency shelters set up since the hurricane.
LCADV is accepting donations that are earmarked to assist battered hurricane survivors and their children. MADRE Board Member and human rights lawyer Pam Spees is in Louisianna working directly with this effort.
Funds will be used to:
1. Relocate domestic violence survivors displaced by
Visit the LCADV website at http://www.lcadvhrf.org/ to donate today.
Houston Volunteers and Families Displaced by
Katrina Build 'Refugee Radio' at Houston Astrodome
Relief volunteers and Independent Media organizers in Houston, Texas, in collaboration with refugees from Hurricane Katrina, have gotten permission from the Federal Communications Commission and the City of Houston, Texas to build a 30 watt radio station to serve the families currently living at the Houston Astrodome and adjacent buildings.
These volunteers, led by a community media publishing group called Houston Indymedia, are working with volunteer professional engineers and technicians from all over the United States to get this station on the air. The Prometheus Radio Project, a not-for-profit organization that builds Low Power FM radio stations all around the United States, has worked throughout the weekend to facilitate the legal and timely launch of this radio station.
"Families are putting up notices on the walls to find lost parents and children, and then crying themselves to sleep at night, as they start to let the weight of the past week bear down on them," said Hannah Sassaman, an organizer at Prometheus. "This station will provide critical information for families putting their lives back together, as well as the comfort of programming made by refugees and volunteers in Houston, just for them."
The Houston Indymedia volunteers, who produce a radio program on Pacifica radio station KPFT, are moving their whole studio to the Astrodome and working with volunteers from as far away as Portland, Oregon to get the station on the air right away. But they'll need more equipment - radios for all the potential listeners - to make it possible. When the station is online, you'll be able to listen to it remotely at http://evacuationradioservices.org/.
"The FCC, the City of Houston, and the staff of the Astrodome want this station to go on the air," says Rice University professor and Indymedia organizer Tish Stringer. "But the Astrodome staff won't let the station launch until we have enough radios for all the families. We may have some leads on 10,000 plus radios, but we still need funds to buy them, and to help keep this station going and to help get other stations like it up across Houston and the Gulf."
The telecommunications industry and the grassroots media justice community are mobilizing to build communications infrastructure for the displaced people of the Gulf. But some broadcasters wish there had been more options for emergency relief before the storm and its aftermath hit.
Tom Hanlon, a volunteer with a property owners' association in Baton Rouge that has been waiting 5 years for their Low Power FM radio license to come through, said this about the exodus from New Orleans to Baton Rouge: "A lack of accurate information, coupled with the time spent tracking down false rumors, did more to delay the mobilization of Baton Rouge than any hurricane. We need more LPFM stations in our cities to help with these crises in the future."
To learn more, please call the Prometheus Radio Project at 215-727-9620, or visit them online at: http://www.prometheusradio.org. To donate time or services to telecommunications efforts in Houston, visit: http://houston.indymedia.org.
Community Wireless Emergency Response Teams Update
Authored by Sascha Meinrath:
This is sort of a breaking story -- involving a number of different community wireless groups and allied (grassroots) organizations.
I'm coordinating efforts by Community Wireless networking folks to deploy telecommunications infrastructure in the refugee camps and disaster areas in and around the NOLA region. In a nutshell, Community Wireless experts from across the United States are heading to areas hard-hit by Katrina to aid with building telecommunications infrastructure. The Center for Neighborhood Technology, CUWiN, and Free Press are all handling logistical support... We're working with folks in Houston and Prometheus Radio Project to get a low-power FM station off the ground -- check http://www.emergencyresponseservices.org for more info once that gets online.
You can read several recent stories here:
And we're making hourly updates here: http://www.cuwireless.net.
If you'd like to help, please don't hesitate to contact our response coordination team at: email@example.com.
Submitted by: Jayne Cravens in Germany 9/7/05
PART-15.ORG Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
General Information - PART-15.ORG (the Wireless Internet Service Providers Organization) in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) is preparing a Disaster Relief effort in support of and to reestablish communications in the Disaster area after Hurricane Katrina. Our volunteer program is growing at astounding rates.
There is information on how to:
Submitted by: Jayne Cravens in Germany 9/5/05
Linux Project for Katrina Victims
PublicWebStations is a Linux-based project we started one week ago that is helping to provide Internet access in disaster relief shelters. The website gives instructions for downloading versions of Linux that will run on easy-to-obtain used computer equipment and provide internet access to the hurricane victims and to aid workers. There is also a volunteer discussion forum organizing help in many geographical areas.
The project has been covered by CBS, Newsforge, TechRepublic, arstechnica, ABCnews.com, Linux-Watch, LinuxWorld Magazine, DigitalTippingPoint, Technocrat.net, eWeek, Slashdot, MadPenguin, InfoWorld, DesktopLinux, and LinuxDevices.com.
Tomorrow we are starting a website called http://www.TechVolunteers.com to augment our efforts at providing technical support to the relief and aid shelters, which are now appearing all over the US as storm victims are being bused nationwide. We are hoping that your publicizing both of these project among your membership will increase participation and awareness. Please encourage them to forward information by email through any other appropriate channels.
Thank you so much,
New Government Site Calls for Volunteers
of The Surgeon General and the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness
are in the process of mobilizing and
They are currently looking for multidisciplinary healthcare professionals and relief personnel with expertise in the following areas:
Please be advised that individuals must be healthy enough to function under field conditions. This may include all or some of the following:
Assignments may last 14 days or longer. It is required that applicants have Hepatitis A and B and Tetanus/Diptheria immunizations for this assignment.
If you have questions please call the Hurricane Katrina Volunteer Call Center at 1-866-KATMEDI (1-866- 528-6334).
Help for Managers of Volunteers-Katrina
In an effort to refer volunteers to agencies with particular
disaster-related needs, the Volunteer Center of North Texas (VCNT) is
asking that agencies respond to us with their volunteer and donation needs.
These will be compiled and made available to the public as soon as possible.
The VCNT has a commitment to serve agencies throughout the North Texas
area, and will refer citizen inquiries concerning hurricane donations
Our web site is updated several times a day with information
from North Texas agencies that need immediate help with donations or volunteers.
For more information on agencies that need volunteers now, please go to:
Supplies for Katrina Victims
There is something you can do today to help people streaming out of New Orleans. I called one of the churches that is taking in refugees. They need lots of supplies. You can gather together a bag of supplies (see list below).
Go to the Post Office an get a Priority box - flat fee (choice of two shapes), the cost of postage is $7.70 no matter what you put in the box (weight doesn't matter). Fill the box and mail to the address below.
They desperately need:
Write Hurricane Relief on outside (maybe it will help it get there faster). I will contact more sites and post them soon. For more information, contact Arlene Krebs, Director, Wireless Education & Technology Center, CSU Monterey Bay at: 831-582-5025.
submitted by Jayne Cravens, Germany
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