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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Media: Don't Forget Mississippi

As I watch the news, I keep seeing pictures of the damage in New Orleans. 90% of the news is focusing on New Orleans and maybe 10% on Mississippi. We keep hearing about how relief isn't getting into New Orleans, I am wondering how things are doing in Mississippi.

While there is a great need to get supplies to the refugees in N.O.while they wait to evacuate, they are leaving. Once they are gone, the relief efforts on their behalf will be spread across the United States (and the news story won't be as riveting). Here on the blog today, we heard that there are people being turned away from assisting in LA, can they be redirected to MS?

There are people wanting to help right now and I am wondering what we can do to help our brothers and sisters in Mississippi. So help us out media! The destruction of N.O. is a huge story no doubt, but let's be sure to shed some light on what's going on in Mississippi!


At 10:44 PM, Blogger Ken Martin said...

These disaster victims are not refugees. They are citizens of the United States.

Disaster assistance can not be planned and prepositioned for every type of disaster. New Orleans should have had a better plan.

Untrained and inexperienced volunteers are the last thing the victims need. For tose that want to do more than donated, contact your local disaster relief organization and get the needed training to assist on future disasters.

Unless you and your family have a disaster plan and a disaster supply kit, your first assignment will be to start at home.

All people rich, poor, young or old need to have at least a 72 hour supply of items to sustain their basics needs.

Me, I'm increasing my supplies to last for a week. Katrina is a very large event. No one could have properly prepared for this disaster.

After all is said and done, the area will be better off and so will the victims.

At 7:15 AM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

I appreciate your comments. I went out and looked up the meaning of refugee,,GGLD:2004-49,GGLD:en&oi=defmore&q=define:refugee. Here are several definitions. You are right, they are victims, citizens of the U.S. and they are also people in search of refuge.

The Red Cross and the Salvation Army both have programs in place to train people in a two week crash course to send to the needed areas. And there will be need for a long time to come for this disaster.

Having said that, there is a place for the untrained and inexperienced. There are people there on the scene, residents of the disaster area and people from nearby who are helping to get people to safety. They are helping people get cleaned up. They are sharing their homes and their food and their resources. Their love for their neighbor has been more than sufficient training.

At 7:42 AM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...


I was thinking more about the term refugee. I know they are using it in the news and it does fit with some definitions, but I can see the problem with it as well.

I also don't care for the term victim. While they are victims, if we start calling them that, they may start thinking of themselves as victims and that could cause a whole new set of problems.

So, how about we call them survivors. For that is what they are. They have survived a tremendous natural disaster, harrowing days afterward and they will start anew.

At 9:00 AM, Blogger B O B said...

Sometimes I have not been cautious in how words my impart certain meanings. Surviors is a better word to use, than the word victim that I have previously used. Survior lends to the idea of a person overcoming a difficulty and coming back stronger with a show of determination.

I would like to point out, that Al Sharpton, who I do not always agree with, is also making this argument. I find myself in agreement with him here, as I do his call to prayer today for the surviors of Katrina.

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Ken Martin said...

No matter who we are and where we come from, we can all agree that lives have been changed forever. The organized disaster relief agencies mission is to put these people back in control of their lives as quickly as possible. It will take weeks, months and maybe years to cope or even learn the skills to cope.

Self prepardness and planning are one way to limit the effects of a disaster. We know we can not control the causes.

Please don't forget yourself and your family, because it can happen here.

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...


You are right in that we all need to be prepared for anything. Terrorist attacks, acts of nature, anything.

Your advise to prepare is sound. Thanks again for your input.


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