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Monday, September 05, 2005

 
How You Can Help Katrina Survivors With An Internet Connection

Virginia Postrel forwarded to me an email about an online registry for Katrina survivors:

We could use your help. We put up a site 28 hours ago and it is finally emerging from its cocoon www.im-ok.org . As refugees are streaming into Dallas, could you, through your blog, round up some folks who want to help, to take their portable laptops and wireless air cards and put them to work.

Survivors can register "I'm OK" or have someone else register for them that "I'm OK." Aid stations and relief centers can use this registry to assist people in making their whereabouts visible to their family and friends.

The search side of the site allows for a specific pinpoint search for a person by household rather than generic searches by city. All the search requires is the person's telephone number from before the disaster. Family and friends searching for the same person can communicate with each other through the message board tied to that phone number.

The link is www.im-ok.org

The site is sponsored by O. R. Colan Associates (ORC) and developed by ComputerNex Corporation, both of Fort Lauderdale. Beneath the simple appearance of the site there is a heavy duty search engine and the band width capacity to support thousands of simultaneous queries.

If you don't have a laptop with wireless you may still be able to help. Some of y'all may know of private homes or other places with Internet connections that are taking in refugees. Send a link to www.im-ok.org to anyone involved in relief efforts.




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