Aug 31 2008
If you haven't been paying attention this weekend (like me, actually), hurricane Gustav is headed toward the coast, and Louisiana is once again squarely in the line of fire. I've heard that Gustav is currently a category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, and it's expected to hit category 4 at some point.
You know, there isn't a whole lot that I can say on this topic because someone far more erudite than I said them far better than I ever could. However, I'm collecting links to resources that I hope will be of help to everyone.
First and foremost, Radio Reference has set up a resource wiki for people who still have connectivity. There are links to Shoutcast streams coming from communication nets in the general area, conferencing servers, and other things that'll be of assistance.
Something I'm considering doing is building a few of these portable telecommunications relays to connect some VOIP phones to the Net by way of a series of wireless repeaters, where people can then get in contact with people outside of the zone.
It's been posted to the Scan-DC mailing list that the Hurricane Center is broadcasting on 14.325 MHz (thanks, W3CQH). 7.268 MHz and 3.950 MHz are also part of the Hurricane Watch Net, which is coordinated by station WX4NHC (thanks, James Richardson). Scanner frequencies for the National Guard are being posted to the blog Milcom Monitoring Post (thanks, Punworg).
Jessica Melusine has posted her own list of Gustav resources, such as charities that are already involved in organizing relief efforts, Habitat for Humanity, and the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital.
I'm going to be updating this post as I find more stuff. If anyone reading this comes across helpful links, please post them in the comments and I'll add them.
I don't know what else I can do but try to put people in touch with the right people right now. I'm not down there, and I don't think I can get down there anytime soon, but I can help keep the lines of communication open. In case you're curious, you can access some publically accessible security and traffic cameras from this website (which you can use to peek in on other cities, as well). (thanks to Jeff Kraus)