Hurricane Katrina has devastated Louisiana and the surrounding areas to a degree that the general public has yet to find out. Photos being published in newspapers are being carefully selected — and the most shocking and powerful are being excluded. It's going to take a couple of days for the severity of what's happened to sink in.
Taking a look at how things are playing out, the general consensus of people on the web is that the best thing to do is donate cash. The officials at the disaster relief agencies and local religious organizations can make the best decisions on what's needed and how to get it to the victims. Here's a brief list of links to sites with good information on what's going on.
FEMA has a list of public and private disaster relief agencies. Link
Craigslist is acting as an information clearinghouse where people can try to locate missing family members, volunteer their time, or offer to provide shelter to those displaced by the storm. Link
People in the Louisiana area who would like to donate their time, blood, or money can get an up-to-date list of organizations looking for assistance at this local news site. Link