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If you are looking for someone who may have been relocated to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area (Ft. Worth is taking overflow from Dallas as of 9:00am Saturday morning) here is information for you:

http://www.nbc5i.com is manning a database for ALL - EVERY SINGLE PERSON coming into DFW is first being logged by their name, a list of names they are looking for, contact info, and where they are headed, should they be transported from REUNION ARENA in DALLAS or THE CONVENTION CENTER in DALLAS to various shelters.

Some people are being re-routed to FT. WORTH to the FW ATHLETIC CENTER. It is also known as the WILKERSON-GREINES CENTER.

The DART RAIL SYSTEM is located at both Dallas sites and is transporting people on the TRINITY RAIL LINE to FT. WORTH.

Their website it getting hit hard, so patience is required. But make no mistake: they are logging every bit of information they can - taking pictures, etc. All manner of organizations are in all three locations providing medical treatment (bad cases are going to PARKLAND MEMORIAL - 5323 Harry Hines, (214) 590-5055 and UT SOUTHWESTERN 2201 Inwood (214) 648-7070 or CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL 7 Exchange Park (214) 456-8224)

Families with school-age children are being matched with families and the kids are ALREADY IN SCHOOL here. All emergency medical cases were triaged and cared for on-site. People have had baths, food, and are being welcomed. EASE YOUR BROKEN HEARTS!!! Texas loves - we have big hearts, so quit bashing us! :-D

Please feel free to link to these numbers or websites, or cut and paste for your own purpose. Let's make sure family can contact other family! Okay, no more talk. Gotta roll my sleeves up. YOU, TOO!!

[ETA FOR DONATION/VOLUNTEER INFO]: North Texas Food Bank would prefer money, as they can get supplies in bulk cheaper, but will accept any food-related items people are generously donating: http://www.ntxfoodbank.org or call 1-214-330-1396

Chase Banks and Bank One locations all across the US are accepting donations for the vitims arriving here in Texas, with the Dallas Morning News matching funds. Go to any local Bank One or Chase Bank or go to http://www.chase.com

The City of Dallas has a hotline to arrange volunteer efforts or cash donations: 1-214-670-4275.

Carter BloodCare will be at Vista Ridge Mall today (Saturday, Sept. 3) from 10am to 6pm and Sunday.

Just heard a story about a Houston-area family that had bought a house but not moved in, yet. Three refugee families are now staying there until they can get on their feet. I know we've been inundated with the horror, but there ARE quiet and lovely things happening. I don't want to put any more ugliness about the situation in my LJ. I can't bear any more. Sleeve rolling up time! Chin sticking out time! hold out that hand and pull someone up. Bush is an ass, and he'll get his due. Over and out - I'll post more links for refugee-location as they announce it here in Dallas.


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Sep. 3rd, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)
The stars at night, they shine so bright....
Heck yes, people in Texas have great hearts. We've got lostgirlslair and her fiance put up in Texarkana. I called the hotel where we made reservations - to make sure they'd hold them because it was going to be a long drive - and said, "These are my friends who have evacuated from New Orleans."

The desk clerks' voice softened and and she said, "We'll take care of 'em, hon."

THEN, I'd emailed a reporter for the Texarkana Gazette, wondering if she knew of any good mechanics for them, since their car was dead. (they were hauling it around with a UHAUL they got near the town they broke down in) She emailed me back and gave me her personal cell phone number.

Sep. 3rd, 2005 08:48 am (UTC)
Re: The stars at night, they shine so bright....
*clapclapclapclap* Deep in the HEART of Texas!!

*is proud* Texarkana's a great, little town. I'm so glad to hear about that... (I remember your posting of it... I'm just... having a hard time keeping my anger and disgust in check. Trying to keep my chin up and get busy.)

*hugs and loves*
Sep. 3rd, 2005 10:04 am (UTC)
Re: The stars at night, they shine so bright....
Well, one thing that keeps my chin up is that this was all very well documented and is probabably a lynch pin in getting Republicans out of office. :D
Sep. 3rd, 2005 08:10 am (UTC)
The combination of human compassion and organization I've seen from Texas is such an amazingly beautiful thing.

You let us know if there are any chairties or donation lists that particularly need help.
Sep. 3rd, 2005 08:49 am (UTC)
We are the crazy ones that paint our highways...

I added some local numbers, etc. up above in an ETA. The local NBC affiliate got their servers slammed HARD when they announced the database. It seems to have leveled off, so anyone looking for someone should be able to get on with ease.

*is proud of your town for letting in displaced college kids*
Sep. 3rd, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
I love how you are always defending us (Texas). I get a lot of bashing, too. :)

Here's a story that will make you happy. Someone on my flist that you don't know escaped NO Monday morning, then had car trouble, ran out of money, were in terrible shape. Their LJ flist rallied around and so far has raised $2000 for them.

Also, I was able to post to nola.com and get the info that her mother is alive. Pretty special, to be able to tell someone that after no news for five days.

Love ya, Stoney! p
Sep. 3rd, 2005 08:53 am (UTC)
Love you, too, Pat. And goddammit... I'm from the old school. Where an old man'll drive his truck in a ditch before he'd slow up the person behind him. Where someone has a tragedy and the 87 year old lady shows up with a plate of food and a broom and gets to cleaning, and tut tuts the "thanks" because it's just what you DO, now honey, don't forget to have some tea. And I brought some pecan pie. Let's get them winders a'washed. Now, there, ain't that a mite better?

Bush and Rove do NOT represent my home. They are furrners that done moved in and brought their cronies and screwed it up. Okay, that's a gross exaggeration, but you know what I'm talking about.

I'm so glad to hear about your friend. LJ is filled with wonderful people. I proud to have y'all on my flist.
Sep. 3rd, 2005 08:54 am (UTC)
Oops! I posted this before I saw that Bead already had. She's (Bead) been amazing, and has made all this happen singlehandedly.
Sep. 3rd, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
*hugs and loves and is so fucking grateful to you and all of your down there*

I just ... look, I've bashed Texans. And I probably will again, with ya'll big cars and big politics -- and fucking huge hearts. Thank you.
Sep. 3rd, 2005 09:14 am (UTC)
*pours you standard sized 24oz margarita*
*doesn't impale you on longhorns on the front of my Caddy*

Hee! Lurve you tootsie. You're good people.
Sep. 3rd, 2005 09:30 am (UTC)
No more Texas-bashing from me after this; it's amazing how much you're doing for your neighbors. ::salutes you::
Sep. 3rd, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)
Lots of states are pitching in, lots of love and support from all around the world... Australia gave 8 MILLION DOLLARS. DUDE. That's so awesome.

Heard a great story this morning about the folks in the Convention Center in NoLa: running out of food, and the staff had fled, no one knows what to do. A Jamaican chef that was holed up in his restaurant down the street came in, found some old BBQ pits and fired them up and cooked ribs, chicken, etc. from food he found thawing in a freezer and fed the masses. And like... did it UP. Spices, red peppers... GOOD food. I love it.
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Sep. 3rd, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
*rolls eyes* Seriously. Bush is such a 'tard. You could see how shaken he was after meeting with the Large Black Man Mayor of NoLa and getting an ear full.

I like the "photo op" of him hugging the very light-skinned black women who looked like they had been showered and groomed and... BAH. No offense meant to those women, who have suffered and deserve comfort, no offense meant at ALL. But I GASPED and APPLAUDED when Kanye West last night said, "Bush doesn't care about black people."

If he really wanted to make an impression, he would have gone down to the convention center and gotten an earful from the angry black men and women who aren't clean, well educated and mad as hell. And deservedly so. *fumes* Okay. I don't want to be angry any more. I'm like a ball of nerves...
Sep. 3rd, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
Me too. I posted a link just now that you should listen to. This has been a crappy week. My friend Allan just went back to New Orleans a week before the storm. He goes to LSU and no one can find him. I've searched all the missing persons posts and found persons and he's no where on there. I'm waiting for his family to call me back. This whole thing is so devastating and I'm donating money today, but I hate that I can't do more with my own financial situation. Chris and I are going to donate a little from each pay check for the next couple of months. Texas seems to be the only state that is organized in taking charge of victims. Have you heard about all the Texas patrol men who are arresting evacuees who have stolen Mail trucks and federal vehicles? Some of the officers are just letting them go on foot and towing the stolen vehicles (which I think is awesome. Yeah, they stole a federal truck, but they just want to get somewhere safe. Go Texas patrolmen.) Anyway, please listen to the link on my page from the Mayor. It's heartbreaking, but people need to listen.
Sep. 3rd, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
I will admit, I was a Texas basher. Gleefully, even. No more. To see the amazing outpouring of support coming from you guys, well it makes me cry.

Unfortunately, my general monetary donation to the Red Cross was minimal, because so many of my friends and family lost so much, and I want to help them as much as I can first. I finally touched base with my best friend, who lived in Gulfport. She and her husband lost everything. Well, you could say they still have each other and their one year old daughter, but with no jobs, no money, and no material possessions, it will make their lives very hard for many years to come.

I was describing Canal Street to someone yesterday, and talking about my very favorite place, which is/was the lobby level of the Wyndham hotel (which used to be the Westin Canal Place), which I think was on the 8th floor. Floor to ceiling windows looking over the mouth of the Mississippi River, and down over Jackson Square as well. The hotel abuts The Shops at Canal Place, which is now on fire.

The passing of each day feels like the first 25 years of my life are being erased, and what is left is a gaping hole.

Sep. 3rd, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)
*cough* Yeah, I know you were one of my flisters who don't care for my home state... I have enough home pride to balance the scales. *eg*

And as to you feeling like you didn't give a large amount to Red Cross, Jeez, $5 buys so much. Seriously. And this way, you are having a more direct impact, which in turn means your family wil need to rely on organizations less, which means the money the Red Cross and others have can do more for others, so it seems like a good plan to me. :-D

A tornado laid waste to my childhood home years ago, and it makes me so sad to know it's not there anymore. But then, the neighborhood is still there, so it just doesn't compare. I'm so, SO glad your family is okay.
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