Hurricane Gustav

Just wanted to give readers who might have some disposable income a tip: INCITE (Women of Color Against Violence) is working to help low-income women, seniors, and families in New Orleans evacuate, and could really use your help.  Domestic Violence Shelters are one of the refuges that INCITE! will be helping, as well as those served by their public health clinics that may have medical conditions that require special assistance.

“On the eve of the 3 year anniversary of the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ….our sisters from INCITE! projects in New Orleans (including the local chapter, the Women’s Health and Justice Initiative, and the New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic) are bracing for the potential landfall of Hurricane Gustav, which is currently projected to hit the Louisiana coast on Monday or Tuesday at a category 4 or 5. Voluntary evacuation of New Orleans has already begun, and mandatory evacuation could be declared as early as today….

Your assistance is urgently needed to help low-income women of color and their families evacuate safely if need be, stay safe for the duration of the evacuation, and return to the city as soon as possible so as not to fall prey to the pushout that has kept so many folks from being able to return to New Orleans since Katrina.”

Also, are there any Skepchicks/allies in New Orleans or the surrounding areas?  Please give them a call/shout out! I’m sure someone is willing to put them up for a day or two while the storm passes.

Michigan is a bit far to offer shelter, but we do have a couch here at the Bug House….


Bug_girl has a PhD in Entomology, and is a pointy-headed former academic living in Ohio. She is obsessed with insects, but otherwise perfectly normal. Really! If you want a daily stream of cool info about bugs, follow her Facebook page or find her on Twitter.

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  1. I’m so glad you posted this – I was just thinking of writing something myself. It’s so heartbreaking to watch this going down. Ohio isn’t any better than Michigan, but whatever help I can offer from here is available. If we have any readers, or friends/family of readers, in the area – I hope everyone stays safe.

  2. Hi Bug Girl,

    We have some space up here in our house in WV (near Washington, DC) and we are pet-friendly.

    Also, many LA humane societies are evacuating the animal shelters and rescue organizations as fast as they can to prevent another disaster. Check shelter websites like Hearts United for Animals, American Humane Society, Best Friends, the ASPCA for details. They need money, supplies, etc. Please help them!

    Best Friends, the ASPCA and the American Humane Society have disaster response teams in the area or on their way to help. They will stay for as long as it takes after the disaster to ensure animals are rescued. I deliberately left out the USHS (US Humane Society) due to their leadership links to PETA.

  3. For those that want to follow the progress of Hurricane Gustav, the URL for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is
    You will also find information on the general National Weather Service site at

    Gustav is currently a Category 3 hurricane, and is predicted to reach at least Category 4 before landfall somewhere on the Gulf Coast, probably to the west of New Orleans – the worst possible place for it to hit. The eastern side of a hurricane is the area with the worst winds.

    As I grew up in the Caribbean and learned a lot about hurricanes there, I strongly urge anyone in its path to grab your family, pets and valuables and GTF out of its way.

  4. “Michigan is a bit far to offer shelter, but we do have a couch here at the Bug House….”

    I would have gone with the Bug Cave.

    If my house was my own, I would offer it to someone, also I think NJ is a bit far. So I gave what I could this week.

  5. Blackwater is on its way to becoming the new US military. Ever read any of Richard Morgan’s work?

    His first book was Altered Carbon. He writes s/f about the corporatization of the West and its effects on society. It’s horrifyingly believable, not to mention great reading. One of his first predictions was that the US would start contracting out the military and intelligence functions of government…

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