Lots of people have been contacting us over the last few days, via phone, internet, and in person. We appreciate the many offers of help and support.
Many people have also been asking us questions, and I haven’t been able to respond personally to every query. But here’s an attempt to answer the most frequently asked questions:
- When are you going back to New Orleans?
- We don’t know. It may be weeks or even months.
- What are you going to do until then?
- We don’t know. We’ll may be looking for gainful employment here in Bloomington soon. Of course, we’re not alone. A million people have been rendered homeless and jobless by Katrina. If there’s a massive public works program to put people like us to work rebuilding New Orleans, we’d probably get on board with that. But that’s a long way off, and who knows if it will even materialize in this privatized era we now live in.
- Where are you staying?
- We’re staying in Bloomington with Xy’s parents for now.
- How can I get in touch?
- You can try Xy’s cell at 504-913-5413 but you may have problems getting through to the 504 area code. You can call Xy’s parents house at 812-336-4656 but they have a weird “privacy manager” thing that may require you to state your name if Caller ID doesn’t recognize your number. You can send a message via this form.
- What is the status of your neighborhood/home?
- There’s just no way for us to know for sure. We live in Mid-City. The area is certainly flooded. We just don’t know how deep.
- What’s going on in New Orleans now?
- It’s changing by the moment. The best sources of information seem to be cable TV news and nola.com
- Can New Orleans really be rebuilt?
- Yes, I think so.
- Are you insured?
- Yes, we have homeowner’s insurance. We also have flood insurance, which I think is issued by the federal gov’t. We were required to have flood insurance in order to get our mortgage.
- How can I help?
- Don’t worry about helping us. We’re pretty much OK. Think of all the people in much more dire need, and consider giving to an organization like the Red Cross. (Though I could use a bicycle, come to think of it, if anyone’s got a extra large spare lying around.)