The devistation of Katrina could turn out to be the worst "natural" disaster in American history. We can point fingers later - to the lack of efforts to halt global warming, the cutting of the Army Corp of Engineers budget to 1/6th of what was needed to make the necessary improvements to flood control systems in the area, to the Pentagon's sending personnel and equipment of the National Guard to a desert in the Middle East. There will be, and should be, a time for addressing those things and bring those responsible to justice.
But right now, thousands of people are in desperate need of help. I don't just mean discomfort, I'm talking life or death. Please do what you can through the charity of your choice. Click on the title of this post to go to the American Red Cross website. The site is super busy at this time of course, so you may want to call them at 1-800-HELP NOW. This situation is likely to get much worse before it gets better. Please help in whatever way you can.