That would be GREAT to have some more PCs of any kind as we are smooth out at the moment. We have donated everything but our notebooks we are on tonight. Stand by for a list to be posted where we have no PCs at all yet.

Mac Dearman

Anthony Clendenen wrote:

My employer has preliminarily approved about 20 laptops to be donated
for use at the shelters, when I get to the office tomorrow I will find
out for sure.  I would like to go into the conversation with some actual
requests and where they will go instead of just estimates.  This gives
them some more idea that their donations will be well used.
If you have time please let me know what type of equipment and the
number of units, the current plans are for the SoCal team to leave
Wednesday morning and to bring about 20 laptops.  But I can ask for what
ever is needed, printers, hubs, monitors, chairs, of course it all has
to fit as well.  Please also include as much information about the needs
of the different shelters so I can include that information as well.

Also if you would be available for a phone call tomorrow incase they
have more questions let me know how to contact you.


Anthony Clendenen                ESRI, Inc.
Systems Group                        380 New York St.
909.793.2853 1-1288                 Redlands, CA  92373
909.379.8934 [C]            
909.213.9211 [P] 909.798.2090 [F]

-----Original Message-----
From: Mac Dearman [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Monday, September 05, 2005 7:54 PM
Subject: Re: [Emergency-Relief] update from La.

Good evening list,

I thought I would give you all an update on whats going on here. Jim Patient (ST. Louis, Mo., myself and Steve
(Seattle, Wa 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 with evacuees.

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

Thanks Men,
Mac Dearman

Bullit wrote:


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 help deployed.

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]>
   <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
   *Sent:* Monday, September 05, 2005 5:58 PM
   *Subject:* [Emergency-Relief] Community wireless networking
   advance team about to leave Chicago

   Hi everyone,

   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.


-- Paul Smith
   Center for Neighborhood Technology
   Technology Director, Wireless Community Networks
Chicago IL, USA

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