As I sit at my desk and listen to the ongoing radio coverage of the situation in New Orleans, I have a hard time describing my reaction to what’s being said by regular citizens, journalists, emergency workers, mayors and our president. I feel shock, sorrow, embarassment, sheer confusion and I can’t get over the fact that learning more about the situation makes my mind swell with images and quotes when I hear the words “disaster area”. Coverage can be found everywhere, but I just wanted to toss out a link that’s truly compelling.
Mike Barnett’s aptly-named Survival of New Orleans Blog continues to pour out a constant stream of post-hurricane reports from his office on the 10th floor of an office building in the heart of downtown. Traffic to the site continues to swell as Barnett and fellow Zipa and DirectNIC (web hosting and co-location centers) employees make the most of what may very well be the only such site written and hosted by the city destroyed by hurricane Katrina. Hop to the site and read some of the posts…truly amazing.
Links to photos from the site can be found here and also here. Wired ran a nice article yesterday with some photos of the employees and more information about the blog.
Looting, shootings, murders, bodies everywhere, gas prices out of control, talk of the larger economic impact the storm will have…I just wish everyone out there the best and will continue to soak up as much news as I can.