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Shannon and Steven Grannon take what belongings they can from their Waveland, Miss. home on Friday, Sept. 2, 2005. Their home was moved several hundred feet by the hurricane. (AP Photo/Mari Darr-Welch)
Evacuees from New Orleans find new shelter on the floor of Houston's Astrodome Friday, Sept. 2, 2005. Texas opened two more giant centers for victims of Hurricane Katrina on Friday after refugees filled Houston's Astrodome to capacity.(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
The floor of Houston's Astrodome is covered with cots and evacuees from hurricane ravaged New Orleans Friday, Sept. 2, 2005. Texas opened two more giant centers for victims of Hurricane Katrina on Friday after refugees filled Houston's Astrodome to capacity. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Residents are rescued by helicopter from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina Friday, Sept. 2, 2005 in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
A young patient of Charity Hospital in New Orleans is carried to a waiting bus after being evacuated by airboat on Friday, Sept. 2, 2005. A huge military presence has arrived in the city, restoring order and bringing with them food and water to feed the thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
    Hurricane Katrina Rips La., Miss. Coasts

One of the largest hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S. Gulf Coast region since Hurricane Camille in 1969, Hurricane Katrina left a trail of devastation behind it as it touched down in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama yesterday. On its destructive path, it affected not only the Gulf communities and shorelines it passed, but also the oil and gas market.

After the storm deluged Florida over the weekend, it intensified from a Category 2 storm to a Category 5 in the Gulf, according to the NOAA Hurricane Warning Center. Thousands of people were evacuated from New Orleans, which lies below sea level. The city was inundated by high waters and winds, though so far not as severely as expected: The hurricane diminished in intensity to Category 4 as the eye moved farther east than originally predicted.

If the mayor of New Orlean's death-toll estimate holds true, it would make Katrina the worst natural disaster in the United States since at least the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, which have blamed for anywhere from about 500 to 6,000 deaths. Katrina would also be the nation's deadliest hurricane since 1900, when a storm in Galveston, Texas, killed between 6,000 and 12,000 people.
Hurricane Katrina - August 28, 2005
Map of New Orleans
Take time to pray today for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Please pray for the victims and the rescuers. Pray that God gives them all the physical and spiritual strength required to work through this crisis.

Please pray for patience for those anxiously waiting to hear from family members or to get word about their homes.
Prayer for the Victims, Survivors and Workers of Hurricane Katrina

Compassionate God,
Sustainer of all people,
Up-lifter of the suffering,
we come to you in our time of devastation.

In all ages You have been near to Your people,
protecting them from the pain and sorrow of destruction.
Now, in this age, we are in need again of Your protecting shield.

Shield with Your presence
all who are experiencing the pain and heart break
from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Lift up the survivors and
shield them from further harm.
Be for them a refuge from the pain, suffering and loss.

Enfold the relief workers, police and military guards
with your ever-present strength, courage,
fortitude and compassion.

Strengthen those who cling to life;
Keep their hope and hearts alive;
Revive the weary rescue workers and tired medical teams;
Renew the resolve of those who have lost everything;
Quicken all efforts to rush resources and aid;
Send our people to help;
Open our hearts to give again and again.

Welcome all who have died.
Give them Your loving embrace
as they come to face You in Your eternal Kingdom.

Enliven in us,
those who will come to the aid of these victims,
a genuine sense of compassionate love for all people.

We ask this in the name of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever.  Amen.
              Don't Look Back

As you travel through life there are always those times
when decisions just have to be made,
when the choices are hard and solutions seem scarce
and the rain seems to soak your parade! 

There are some situations where all you can
do is to simply let go and move on,
gather courage together and choose a direction
that carries you toward a new dawn.  

So pack up your troubles and take a step forward. 
The process of change can be tough.
But think about all the excitement ahead,
if you can be stalwart enough!

There could be adventures you never imagined
just waiting around the next bend
and wishes and dreams just about to come true
in ways you can't yet comprehend! 

Perhaps you'll find friendships that spring from new interests,
as you challenge your status quo
and learn there are so many options in life,
and so many ways you can grow! 

Perhaps you'll go places you never expected
and see things that you've never seen,
or travel to fabulous, faraway worlds and
wonderful spots in between! 

Perhaps you'll find warmth, affection and caring,
a "somebody special" who's there
to help you stay centered and listen with interest
to stories and feelings you share.

Perhaps you'll find comfort in knowing your friends
are supportive of all that you do
and believe that whatever decisions you make,
they'll be the right choices for you! 

So keep putting one foot in front of the other
and taking your life day by day. 
There's a brighter tomorrow that's just down the road.
Don't look back, you're not going that way!

     ~ Author Unknown
Hurricane Katrina ~ Online Resources
              and How to Help
RED CROSS ~ To Donate
~ To Volunteer
The devastation from Hurricane Katrina is heartbreaking, and our thoughts are with those
struggling through the aftermath of this disaster.  American Red Cross volunteers are working day and night in these hard-hit areas, supplying critical necessities to hundreds of thousands of victims left homeless. By giving your financial gift to Hurricane 2005 Relief, you will be a part of providing shelter, water, food, counseling and other necessities to those most in need.
International Committee of the Red Cross Locate Relatives Service
U.S. Government Katrina Help Resource List
National Next of Kin Registry
Salvation Army Health and Welfare Information Request  Form
FEMA Disaster Assistance Process
NowPublic Missing Persons Board
Nola.com Missing Persons Board
Nola.com "I'm Okay" Board
WDSU-TV Safe/Missing Persons Boards (By Parish)
Sunherald (Miss.) Missing Persons Board
CNN.com Safe List
Craig's List New Orleans - Lost and Found Persons List
Craig's List - New Orleans - Housing
MSNBC "Looking For" List
Housing Offers on Houston Chronicle
Noah’s Wish – Pet Rescue and Shelter
Statewide List of Shelters Available
Nola.com - Homes Available
                MAKE A DONATION

Victims of Hurricane Katrina throughout Louisiana,  Mississippi and Alabama are in need of immediate  medical care, food, water and temporary housing.  Some of the organizations accepting donations:
American Red Cross
800-HELP-NOW (435-7669)  English
800-257-7575  Spanish
Avoid Katrina-Related Scams and Hoaxes (Security Fix  Blog)
Feed the Children 800-525-7575
MoveOn.org Housing Offers/Searches
KatrinaHelp Wiki
The Baton Rouge Advocate: How to Help
Craig's List - Volunteer Listings
How to Help Hurricane Victims - Dozens of Links
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As some in dire need are airlifted out, other cram onto  buses awaiting to be evacuated from a refuge area on Veterans Avenue and Causeway Blvd.  STAFF PHOTO  BY ELIOT KAMENITZ
Refugees needing medical attention and their families prepare to leave New Orleans, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005.   AP Photo, Lisa Krantz
Rescue personnel help a hurricane survivor and her pet,  Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, in Knoxville, Tenn. Over a  hundred people from New Orleans, were tranported to  Knoxville.  AP Photo, J.Miles Cary
Workers move patients up the stairs from the parking  garage to the helipad to be evacuated from Memorial  Medical Center in New Orleans, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005,  in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  AP Photo, Brad Loper
Registered nurse Toni Hauser, left, comforts Izetta Williams of New Orleans in the medical room at the  Kingwood United Methodist Church in Texas. Williams does not know where her children and grandchildren are,  and is desperate to find them.  AP Photo, Dana R. Bowler
Volunteers Hanna Lee, left, and Gloria Johnson walk dogs in a shelter for animals Saturday, September 3,  2005, at the LSU Agriculture Center in Baton Rouge.   STAFF PHOTO BY SCOTT THRELKELD
This photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows flooded roadways as the Coast Guard conducted initial Hurricane Katrina damage assessment overflights of  New Orleans, Monday Aug. 29, 2005.  AP Photo, Kyle  Niemi
AP A LOUISIANA USA TXAUS106 SOU WEA  HURRICANE KATRINA COLOR People wade in flood waters on Canal St. in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 30,  2005. They are among many who are stranded in the  after math of Hurricane Katrina.  AP Photo/Matt Rourke
A break is seen in a levee in an aerial view of damage from Hurricane Katrina , Tuesday morning, Aug. 30,  2005, in New Orleans.  AP Photo/The Dallas Morning  News, Smiley
Valerie Bennett breaks into tears as she sits on the  hospital bed of her husband Lorne at Emory Hospital in  Atlanta Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005 and they talked about having to leave their pets in New Orleans.  AP  Photo/Gene Blythe
Mary Ella Ronsonet pauses while looking for family possessions in debris from her home Thursday, Sept. 1,  2005, in the Cadet Point section of Biloxi, Miss.  Ronsonet's house was pushed off its foundation and scattered across the street.  AP Photo/Greg Lovett
Kathlene Murray is overcome with worry about family  members Wednesday, August 31, 2005, at a Red Cross shelter at the John Slidell Park gymnasium.  SCOTT  THRELKELD
This family wanders throughout the cdity with no place to  go, Wednesday, August 31, 2005.  STAFF PHOTO BY  DAVID GRUNFELD
New Orleans residents wait to be rescued from the  floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina Wednesday, Aug. 31,  2005 in New Orleans.  AP Photo/David J. Phillip
Volunteer Mickey Monceaux, right, uses his boat to help rescue elderly from an apartment building on the east side of New Orleans, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005. Hurricane Katrina left much of the city under water.  AP Photo/Eric  Gay
Gulf Coast News Survived List
MORE How to Help Hurricane Victims - Dozens of Links Recommended by Disaster Officials
Donate & Volunteer
. Network for Good
. American Red Cross -- (800) HELP-NOW
. Feed the Children -- (800) 525-7575
. Salvation Army -- (800) SAL-ARMY
. Florida Hurricane Relief Fund
. America's Second Harvest -- (877) 817-2307
. Catholic Charities USA -- (800) 919-9338
. B'nai B'rith International -- (888) 388-4224
. United Jewish Communities
. Union for Reform Judaism
. Church World Service -- (800) 297-1516 ext 222
. MercyCorps -- (800) 852-2100
. Noah's Wish -- (530) 622-9313
. North Shore Animal League -- (877) 4savepet Operation Blessing -- (800) 730-2537
. Episcopal Relief and Development -- (800) 334-7626
. Habitat for Humanity -- (866) 720-2800
. The United Way -- (800) 272-4630
. The Humane Society of the United States -- (888) 259-5431
. ASPCA -- (866) 275-3923
. Lutheran Disaster Response -- (800) 638-3522
. Mennonite Disaster Service -- (800) 348-7468
. Water Missions International -- (843) 769-7395
. United Methodist Committee on Relief -- (800) 554-8583
. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation -- (877) 387-6126
. Society of St. Vincent de Paul
. Samaritan's Purse -- (800) 665-2843
. Christian Reformed World Relief Committee -- (800) 55-CRWRC
. Food for the Hungry -- (877) 780-4261 ext 2506
. Northwest Medical Teams -- (800) 959-4325
. World Relief -- (800) 535-5433
. Adventist Development Relief Agency -- (800) 424-2372
. Southern Baptist Convention -- (888) 571-5895
. Save the Children -- (800) 728-3843
. International Medical Corps -- (800) 481-4462
. American Friends Service Committee -- (888) 588-2378
. AmeriCares -- (800) 486-4357
. International Aid -- (800) 251-2502
. International Medical Corps -- (800) 481-4462
. International Orthodox Christian Charities -- (877) 803 4622
. International Relief and Development, Inc. -- (703) 248-0161
. International Relief Teams -- (619) 284-7979
. International Rescue Committee -- (877) 733-8433
. Life for Relief and Development -- (800) 827-3543
. MAP International -- (866) 627-4483
. Mercy (M-USA) -- (800) 55-MERCY
. Operation USA -- (800) 678-7255
. Quarters From Kids
. Relief International -- (800) 573-3332
. Relief International -- (800) 573-3332
. USA Freedom Corps -- (212) 348-8882
. World Concern -- (800) 755-5022 ext. 0
. Moveon.org: Hurricane housing

Get Help

. Department of Homeland Security
. American Red Cross -- (800) HELP-NOW
. Alabama Emergency Management Agency
. Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
. Official Web site of Louisiana
. Mississippi Homeland Security
. Florida Division of Emergency Management

Locate the Missing

. Hurricane Katrina Official Government Website
. National Next of Kin Registry -- (800) 944-4084
. Homeport: Hurricane Katrina Disaster Recovery Assistance
. Hurricane Katrina Connection message board
. Alabama Hospital Association
. ICRC's Family News Network
Find Local Information
. Louisiana: NOLA.com
. Alabama: WPMI.com
. Mississippi: WLOX ABC 13
. Alabama: AL.com
. Florida: PensecolaNewsJournal.com
. Mississippi: Sun Herald
. Mississippi: The Clarion-Ledger
. NOLA.com Blog
. NOLA.com Missing Persons Forum
. 2theadvocate.com Blog
. Hurricane Katrina Connection message board
. Alabama Power
. Mississippi: Mississippi Power
. Florida: Florida Power and Light
. Florida: Florida Public Utilities
. Louisiana/Mississippi: Entergy
. NOAA: Aerial images of Katrina damage

Special Thanks to CNN.COM for their Links
            Disaster officials recommend the following Websites and phone numbers
                          (some sites may respond slowly due to increased traffic)
Katrina Relief and Funding
Petfinder - Locate Your Pet, Lost Pet Database from Katrina Disaster