Wednesday, August 31, 2005

 

National Guard called up for duty

More than 10,000 additional National Guard troops have been called up for duty to the Gulf Coast states. The Navy and Marines are sending ships loaded with food (millions of ready-to-eat meals) and supplies; some of those ships will also be used in rescue efforts.

And the clock is ticking for those areas worst hit. Critically ill hospital patients are in a race against time as rescuers struggle to evacuate them. People are starving, and the majority of the looting being done is the theft of food and medicine and bottled water. When the stores have been denuded, who knows what will happen next?

The clean-up and recovery could take years, and Katrina is now being called the worst natural disaster to hit this country since 1906's San Francisco earthquake.

So please--this country gave generously when the tsunami hit overseas in December. Give generously now! I have posted links, and those same links can be found on any news site, like CNN or ABC. I don't care how you get to the American Red Cross or Catholic Relief Services, just get there, open your wallets and your hearts, and give 'til it hurts. We're in for a long and uncomfortably bumpy ride.

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