Good evening list,
I thought I would give you all an update on whats going on here.
Jim Patient (ST. Louis, Mo. www.jefcosoho.com.), myself and Steve Milton
(Seattle, Wa www.isomedia.com) have connected two more shelters
with High speed Internet and VOIP phones as well as PCs that will enable
them to fill out their FEMA, RedCross and unemployment applications as
well as assist in finding their lost family and friends.
I will fill out the form that Bullit has requested of me and would
have done that before now, but I just havent had time. We just walked in
the door here at my home 20 minutes ago and had the first hot meal in
two days. I appreciate anything that any of you have done/will do for
anyone in Louisiana, Mississippi or Texas as they to are over burdened
I have been overwhelmed with the amount of help that is headed this
way. I won't turn down any help until we get these shelters up to speed.
It seems that the shelters have heard that we are doing this and they
are absolutely popping up out of the wood work. We had a call from 3
shelters in Tallulah, La. this evening with one housing 127 evacuees and
had several more whole families on the way. I know that there is a crew
coming out of (5)Chicago, a crew from Atlanta(7 men) some folks from
Indianapolis, and (5?) from Southern California. When we get these
shelters in the surrounding Parishes connected I will have completed
scouting out shelters further to the south in need of connectivity and
VOIP until we are out of gear or NOLA is opened up and/or Part15 takes
the lead and sends us elsewhere.
I have staff here in the office (Sharon) that is coordinating our
efforts and fielding calls if anyone has any further questions. Please
feel free to call.
There is plenty to be done and all these men headed this way are
really wanting to "wade out" in the water and get their feet wet. It
will put them a little closer to the action and in a good position when
the call comes from Part-15. I am glad to have all the help and all the
gear to make things a little easier on these folks.
Now - - I will fill out that paper work and have another cold brewskie :-)
Please don't take this wrong, but some of the delay in sending out P15
support teams is because I no longer have a handle on how much support
MAC Dearman now needs because of all those people taking the inititive
to go there on their own.
I have asked Mac and others close to him to please complete the P15
form about shelter locations needing assistance. Other than a few
comments passing around on different lists, we still do not have a
clear picture of what Mac needs and what he has too much of.
<stumpted grin> You guys are sure making it harder for me to get the
Good luck and I hope you can provide meaning support to those in need.
If you need anything, don't hesitate to ask.
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Paul Smith <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
*To:* [EMAIL PROTECTED]
*Sent:* Monday, September 05, 2005 5:58 PM
*Subject:* [Emergency-Relief] Community wireless networking
advance team about to leave Chicago
I just wanted to let folks know I'll be hitting the road in a
minivan with my colleague Rogers Wilson from Chicago heading for
Mac Dearman's farm in northern Louisiana later this evening. We
will push through the night and try to arrive sometime tomorrow
morning. We'll immediately start giving Mac a hand with his
efforts, and I'll be also assessing the situation in the area and
helping to receive more CWN volunteers. So if you are a CWN
volunteer and are looking for a place to go, Mac's farm is it, and
we'll be on the ground there soon.
Give me a call on my mobile (773) 934-4607, there may be patchy
areas as we're driving where we're out of touch, but then
definitely check in again tomorrow after noon.
Center for Neighborhood Technology
Technology Director, Wireless Community Networks
Chicago IL, USA
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