I think there will be a time we could possibly help - in the future. It will be about month before the power is restored, but then there might be areas where power may be up next week around Biloxi, Gulf Port...etc The next problem would be if there is internet access down there to be hooked in to that works! I understand from talking to the power people (Entergy) that the whole power grid is ruined - - not just down and it will have to be revamped from top to bottom so there may not be any power for a while anywhere on the Gulf Coast. We experienced power outages to "just South" of me yesterday and all night - - I am miles North of New Orleans so that will give you an idea of the extent of the grid problem they are facing. Vicksburg, Mississippi is exactly 35 mile East of me on I-20 and they have had no power since the Katrina and remain in the dark today as well as Jackson, Mississippi - - their Capital. If it werent for back up generators at the main fiber connections in Jackson, Mississippi we wouldnt be sending and receiving these emails this morning.

Mac Dearman
Maximum Access, LLC.
318-728-8600 - Rayville
318-450-4349 - Monroe, La
318-303-4227 - NOC

Matthew Kish wrote:

Hmm, maybe we can't really help too much in the afflicted areas...but what
about the likely event the FEMA / Red Cross set up "Tent Cities" and
temporary refuge camps?  All of these people have to go somewhere and from
what I have been reading, I don't think that they're going to lodge in a
hotel somewhere for a few months.

If anyone knows if there are any plans with Tent Cities...they're perfect
candidates for some wireless help.

Matthew Kish
Technical Marketing

Teletronics International, Inc.
2 Choke Cherry Rd, Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850 USA
Tel: 301.309.8500 Ext.117
Fax: 301.309.8851

-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of Mac Dearman
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 8:37 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: Re: opportunity to help (wasRe: [WISPA] Hurricane?-

There is no one to serve internet to in New Orleans but FEMA and the work crews and I am sure that the Feds have satellite set up. New Orleans has been issued orders for COMPLETE evacuation. They are moving all the folks out of the shelters to higher ground (refugee camps) North of New Orleans City limits. It will be many months before anyone will be allowed back into New Orleans. Water is still pouring into town as we speak due to levee breaches and is expected to have 9' of water downtown before it quits coming across the levee. A soup bowl cant hold but so much soup.

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