There are a few association blogs (as in formally affiliated with an organization, as opposed to the rabble of association staffers/consultants/writers who blog, me included) who are writing substantially about their members’ experience with and reaction to the Katrina disaster. Here are the ones I have spotted so far:
I spent much of today watching events unfold in New Orleans and along the Gulf coast. What looked bad last night, looks bloody awful in the light of day. The destruction is unbelievable. Millions of lives affected. It’s almost too much to even process in any meaningful way. Thinking that I and other members of the Executive Committee came close to experiencing it first hand is frightening at best.
Thank goodness Charles was so insistent that we leave town. Thank goodness we did. That we made the right decision was brought home to me over and over as I watched events unfold today. We could be there with no potable water, no food, no electricity – and no way out of town short of being evacuated by the military or the National Guard. It was brought home to me again earlier this evening when I saw video of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway with entire sections missing. The causeway was our escape route on Sunday morning.
The Executive Committee were fortunate to get safely back to their homes. Yes, we have homes, unlike the hundreds of thousands of people that don’t have homes any more or won’t have for some time. All members in the area have been affected in some way by this tragedy. If you have information about members, please use the Cafe to pass on what you know. We are concerned and hope to hear they are safe.
BoardBuzz from the National School Boards Association. They have been covering the impact of the disaster on schools in the area and how neighboring states are rushing to enroll refugee students into their schools. The leaders of Texas offering their schools to refugee children was one of the very first acts of genuine leadership and compassion that I saw in this whole mess.
Well today, Katrina’s torrent was matched by a torrent of charity from manufacturers large and small across this great manufacturing nation, some $40 million at last count. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch and Crown Cork & Seal all sent truckloads of bottled water. Abbott Labs sent some $2 million in cash and $2 million in nutritional and medical products. Holloway Sportswear re-opened a closed facility to be used as an emergency shelter for the Red Cross. Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble donated cash and personal care products to the effort.
It is just so heartening to watch the tremendous outpouring of charity and products — the best in the world — from America’s manufacturers. These are our members and we are always proud of them, but at times like these, our hearts especially well with pride. This is still day one, folks. We expect the $40 million number to grow enormously.
That is all I have now. If you know of others, please post a link in the comments of this entry and I’ll update the list.
Update 2: Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Katrina Relief Blog. The title says it all.
Update 3: Hurricane Katrina Information for Mississippi Hospitals from the Mississippi Hospital Association. Shawn Lea left a pointer to this blog in the comments.
Update 4: ARVO Hurricane Katrina Information Blog by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. TJ Rainsford, who works at ARVO, added a pointer to this in the comments.