Friday, September 02, 2005

Survivors of Hurricane Katrina Beware

Teri Mills is a longtime Blog For America community member and participant. Her guest column on health care appears on Blog for America on Fridays and she blogs at

As the death toll climbs, and huge numbers of Southerners try to cope with the after affects of Hurricane Katrina, government officials are declaring a public health crisis. As early as Tuesday, this week, the Washington Post reported that the main health concern would be exposure to dampness resulting in an increased number of asthma attacks coupled with skin irritations. The author of this report also came to the conclusion that standing water is not usually very harmful especially when it is not used for drinking or treating wounds. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.

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  1. Compassionate people are first!

  2. Phil*from*Iowa. wrote on September 2, 2005 08:31 AM:


    stop sending WATER by U S Postal Service to

    Water for Nurses P.O. Box 20065 LSU 70803 given earlier

    the Red Cross water arrived in the night last night

    nurses going without water was just too much for me to bear and I wasn't thinking clearly(too much of a bad dream playing out live)

    of course the Red Cross would come through eventually

    FEMA failed

    the volunteer chain is set up to distribute nonperisables to refugees on campus if you still want to send something but the water need of the nurses was met in the early hours this morning

    Louisiana is a state FULL of heroes and the Doctors and nurses who gave their little water to patients sure qualify

    Mississippi and Alabama of course have them too

  3. OK, so, I'm confused. Can we still send stuff? Is it OK for me to put this up on DAFD? If so, should we use some name other than Water For Nurses?

  4. Yes, it is OK - do your thing. :)

  5. I almost forgot: Re Teri's column: what kind of unthinking idiot would publish that standing water poses little threat? Especially in a climate like Louisiana's, and in a place where mosquitos are plentiful under the best of circumstances!!! This is unbelievable. The Post certainly ought to have known better. *shakes head* The world is being run by absolute, unmittigated morons.