The Red Cross responds

The Red Cross responds: (From “Red Cross Response to Hurricane Katrina: Facts at a Glance) “The Red Cross response to Hurricane Katrina is the largest response to a single, natural disaster in the 125-year history of the organization.”

There are 361 American Red Cross shelters open in 9 states (Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri and Georgia) with many more on standby. More than 96,100 evacuees are being sheltered.

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Sinking in

Sinking in: Perhaps symbolic of the collective delay in responding to Katrina has been how has responded. Universally praised for turning over its front page to tsunami relief almost immediately, did not add a donation link of any size to its front page until three days after the hurricane. Today, six days after, the dominant position of the front page is finally devoted to Katrina relief. This is not a criticism of Amazon’s response, rather a curious observation of how there was an apparent initial disbelief by lots of people that an unprecedented tragedy of historic proportions was unfolding. (I’ll reserve my criticism for Apple, who has hyped the Mighty Mouse in the dominant position all week.)