I just got a call from nepenthene, who evacuated her home in Texas over a day ago to escape Hurricane Rita, which was pretty much going to hit her home at category five. She, her boyfriend, and her pets are stuck in Lufkin, Texas—the radio proclaimed there would be gas there at a certain spot, so hundreds of people showed up only to find no gas.
She is out of gas and sitting in a parking lot with hundreds of people. There are no cops, no help, and the store they could go to is closed and will not reopen until Monday. Along with her, among the hundreds of people, there are children and the ill. There's of course a woman who has diabetes with insulin that needs to be kept on ice, but there is nowhere to buy it. They are stuck and without help.
Rita is going to blow through there at a category one, which may be better than being stuck on the interstate in Houston (which most likely means death), but there is going to be rioting, death, starvation, looting, and severe injuries once the storm hits. And a category one does not necessarily mean that people in the parking lot will live.
They need help NOW. I'm urging you all, any who read this, to call the Red Cross or the city of Lufkin or whoever might be able to get something DONE in this situation. People are left to die.
Go and bitch at who you can. Pass this along. Please.
Here are the numbers for the Red Cross and the city of Lufkin (which may even be abandoned/shut down, but it's worth trying):
Lufkin, Texas: (936) 634-8881
The American Red Cross (in Orange County, TX): (409) 883-2322
FEMA: 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362)
And here's the Lufkin website: http://www.cityoflufkin.com/
If anyone has any numbers I don't that people can call and actually reach people, please comment with them. People lives are once again on the line, and more people will die.