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    How to find Katrina survivors from Superdome airlifts?

    I'm just checking every resource I know to see if I can find this information. From what I've gathered from my relatives who've checked so far, my elderly, great uncle, who is part paralyzed from a stroke back in '96 and was dehydrated from being at the Superdome for three days was evacuated on Wed, Aug 31st. We can't find him. He was cognizant at the time, but very dehydrated from having no food or water and being at the Superdome. My cousin (his son) tried to go with him on the helicopter transport (my great uncle was pretty weak by that point), and he said the folks at the helicopters took their guns out and said he wouldn't be able to accompany my great uncle.

    We think my great uncle is lost in the system, and being unable to talk or being disoriented, he may not be able to tell them who he is, or in the worst case scenario, he may have died after he got dropped at the transfer point at his first stop at the Louis Armstrong Airport in Kenna, LA.

    Any information on places we can call or look (not the Red Cross or the FEMA hotline, because we've tried it, and they just sound really harrassed and rushed when we call) would be appreciated, or if anyone knows how I can find out which agency did the helicopter evacuations that day so we can track them personally, even better.

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    I'm down here in LA and seeing what I can do for you Koffee......

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    Thanks so much, Harlot!

    If anyone has connections with the Air Force or Army helicopter relief efforts, that would help. Harlot is looking from the Coast Guard angle, but we really could use someone from the other divisions.

    Thanks to Harlot and anyone else who can help out!

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    Her uncle was picked up in a ***-totin' Army or Airforce helo (Coasties don't fly w/guns) and then dropped off at Kenner (not Kenna) Int' airport in New Orleans. All people were checked in (by Fema they think) and then taken elsewhere. We need to find out what happened to him after he was checked in - hospital, Houston, or elsewhere. I am checking with people here, but if anyone has contacts at hospitals or places where Superdome refugees were sent, please let Koffee know. He's out there and his family wants him home!

    Thanks everyone!

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    Most definitely! Thanks to Harlot- she is really working to help me out, but we still need to check other angles. The problem is that a lot of the survivor lists were compiled by people checking in to say hello. My great uncle is partially paralyzed from a stroke, and he was dehydrated when he got airlifted in an evacuation for the sick folks at the Superdome, so he probably wouldn't be able to get to the internet to check in... besides, he's 83 years old, and not likely to know how. I hoped the hospitals would list their patients someplace, but I don't see any such list available. Tomorrow, I will probably start calling every hospital personally in the hopes that I'll be able to find him.

    We have a place for him at my aunt's house... his wife (my great aunt) is already there, and we can take care of him... we just need to find him and bring him home! Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Best of luck and well wishes Koffee....I know the feeling when we didn't know about our family in N.O. for a while. They are now safe and going back (if not already there) to their original home (Michigan) to live.
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    Did your uncle have ID on him when he was airlifted?

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    We don't know. He may or may not have been wearing his bracelet ID from the hospital, but his wife had his wallet. The original plan was that they were both supposed to be evacuated by bus. They were outside and he was laying on the ground (given his paralysis) and when the buses came, the bus driver said they could not take him, only the wife. My great aunt boarded the bus bound for Houston, and their two sons stayed behind to be with my great uncle. It was all very quick, so I guess that's how my great aunt ended up with her husband's drivers license.

    *sigh*

    Well, tomorrow I get to call the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, since he's a vet and his health insurance is through them. He has daily medical needs that need tending to, and that can only be done by nurses and medics, so I'm thinking the Department may know where the bills are going. Thank goodness his insurance is fully paid up.

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    Koff,

    I can see if I can find out about evacuees in the Dallas area.
    I'll need a name (send me a pm).

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    ====> PM sent. Thanks!

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    Koffee,
    I know it's a longshot (especially if I'm in Salt Lake City) but my Air Guard unit has been working helping out the evacuees that were relocated here to Camp Williams. I go back down there on Sunday... can you PM me his name and I'll ask around everywhere I can so see if he's possibly here? If it helps any, the people that ended up here were flown in commercially or on a Utah ANG's KC-135 from Louisiana.

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    Hey Koff:

    I sending up prayers and bumping this thread.

    I wish I could do more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve_L.
    Koffee,
    I know it's a longshot (especially if I'm in Salt Lake City) but my Air Guard unit has been working helping out the evacuees that were relocated here to Camp Williams. I go back down there on Sunday... can you PM me his name and I'll ask around everywhere I can so see if he's possibly here? If it helps any, the people that ended up here were flown in commercially or on a Utah ANG's KC-135 from Louisiana.
    Most definitely. It's been over a week and there's no sign of him. I don't think he's dead... just evacuated and no one bothered to account for him, and he's either in a hospital or hospice, but it would ease our mind to know where he was!

    Koffee

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    I've checked a lot of them, but there still are new one in there I haven't checked. The problem with a lot of those lists is that the lists are for people who were evacuated who want to say they're ok. What if you're a patient in a hospital or a hospice, and you don't have the capabilities or capacity to get to a computer? It is up to the medical staff to do your information, and I just doubt the medical community is doing this.

    I was up until 4am checking lists. I'll be checking lists again all evening and into the night, but I do need to get some sleep soon. I haven't had more than 4 hours of sleep per night since I started looking.

    Thanks.

    Can you drop me a PM with your email address? I can give you all my details. If you could also find out who was in charge of the Air Force evacuation at the New Orleans Int'l Airport on or about Aug 31st that I can talk to, that would be great. I just want to find out what their procedure was for evacuating so I can put together my timeline. I am working on it now, and I'm thinking as long as I keep following leads, I will continue to fill in the holes until he is found.

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    GOOD NEWS!!! GOOD NEWS!!! Koffee tell them the GOOD NEWS!!!







    Time to pass around the tequila!

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    Oh, I've been decompressing from some of the most intense work I've done in a three day period.

    We found my great uncle! As I kept telling everyone, he was in a hospital. Due to privacy laws, they weren't releasing his name, but I helped to mobilize a whole crew of persistent, loudmouthed folks who tracked down the hospital he was at and shamed them into acting on his behalf and contacting his kin. So Saturday, we found him, and he is in the hospital, and we've talked to his doctor with the Veterans Hospital, and his doctor is making the trip with one of my uncle's sons and on Monday, they are bringing him home. When I found out he'd been found, I nearly collapsed in exhaustion, and I swear, I never felt so drained in my life! But it's great to know that the patriarch of our family is going to be reunited with his family. If we hadn't found him, I really think my great aunt would have died. She could not stop going into hysterics every 15 minutes, and she could not sleep or eat. I was so happy to hear he'd been found. It was a very tense situation for my family.

    I really do want to thank Harlot especially. She was there for me and volunteered to do a ton of work, since she works with the Coast Guard out of LA for the hurricane victims. There were times when she and I emailed each other all night long, then she'd go home exhausted, and I would just fall on my couch and have nightmares and fits of panic. She really hung in there for me and did a bunch of legwork and put together flyers and added the picture of my uncle. The moral and mental support she provided helped to get me through the really dark times when I started becoming weary of checking lists, calling people, emailing, registering on message boards, talking to reporters, and calling every lead I could possibly get my hands on.

    On a side note, some folks working for CNN said I was such a great writer and I really could evoke emotion, and they may have some writing jobs for documentaries in the future, which is amazing, though I don't know about the idea of having to travel. ;-/ But still, if they really do contact me, I wouldn't mind considering it. In the meantime, they may contact me to write other hurricane victim's statements for folks looking for their family members. I would gladly do that.

    Thanks Harlot. I couldn't have even begun without getting such valuable help and support from you.

    Koffee

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    Yay!

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    Oh, you too, Eve! Eve stepped in and was ready to mobilize folks from her unit. She was really a ray of hope for me when I started really feeling down about our options.

    Thanks Eve!

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    Koff,

    Great news.
    I obviously found out nothing here in the Dallas, Area.
    Ask about someone evac'd to a hospital and it all shuts down.
    Won't even tell you "Yes, No, Maybe, Piss-off".
    I think we've taken privacy laws to a new ridiculous maximum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotek
    I think we've taken privacy laws to a new ridiculous maximum.

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    Koff:

    Thanks for sharing the good news. I'm delighted to know that your great-uncle has been found and is doing ok.
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    Thanks. Today, his son is driving up from Houston with his VA doctor. They're arranging a transfer to the VA Hospital in Houston, and they're going to have his son in the ambulance with him while the doctor follows behind. We just do not trust anyone anymore after he became displaced in the hospital vortex of hell.

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    Koffee.... that's great news about your great-uncle. It heartens me to hear a success story (so to speak) in this whole national nightmare. This bulletin board is a wonderful place at times.

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    DirecTV, Chanel 100 has this...

    DIRECTV has launched a dedicated 24/7 “Hurricane Katrina Information” center on channel 100. This channel provides information on hurricane relief and recovery efforts for evacuees in shelters, as well as for DIRECTV viewers nationwide.

    This information channel lets viewers send text messages to family and friends separated by the hurricane. Messages are scrolled across the bottom of the television screen. To place a message on this channel, viewers can send an e-mail message to katrina@directv.com or send a text message via their cellular phone directly to text code “48433.” MORE

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    It would be nice if it was on a cable channel everyone could access... or public television. Not everyone has satellite cable, and for the matter, not everyone has cable! Part of our problem was that a lot of my relatives have no cable, no phone, no nothing... but they did have a radio and television withthe network stations and the public television station.

    I just am so thankful my great uncle turned out to be fine. All those good people working for us to help bring my uncle home was unbelieveable. I just cannot thank everyone enough for the work they did to get the word out, especially because there must be at least a thousand different hospitals he could have been, and that's not including nursing homes and hospices.

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