State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said earlier on Wednesday 10 to 12 foreign governments have offered general assistance to the United States to deal with the hurricane aftermath but no decision had been made about how these offers might be used.
Islamic extremists rejoiced in America’s misfortune, giving the storm a military rank and declaring in Internet chatter that “Private” Katrina had joined the global jihad, or holy war. With “God’s help,” they declared, oil prices would hit $100 a barrel this year.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a vocal critic of the U.S. government, on Wednesday called U.S. President George W. Bush a “cowboy” who had failed to manage the Hurricane Katrina disaster and evacuate victims.
I expect some GWB-haters to be repeating Chávez’s script instead of doing something constructive.
Fortunately, the rest of the world is responding:
“We are getting calls from the Swiss public looking to express their condolences, (and) people are also asking for an account number where they can make donations,” said spokesman Daniel Wendell.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder offered aid and assistance, saying he had called on several ministries to come up with a detailed list of what kind of aid they could provide.
informed President Bush and the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama that they are ready to help with whatever is necessary
Last but not least, France May Mobilize Relief From Caribbean
Bloggers: Hurricane Katrina: Blog Relief Day Begins at NZ Bear. My charities of choice are the The Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY and the American Red Cross 1-800-HELP-NOW. While the American Red Cross so far has raised an amount comparable to the response for tsunami victims following the devastation in Asia earlier this year, the devastation is vast, and hurricane season doesn’t end for another two months.
Also posted at Love America First
Update 11:40AM The government of the Phillipines is assisting people who are trying to contact relatives in the disaster zone.
Russian diplomats assist Russians in hurricane zone; the US does not currently believe it is practical to send a Russian rescue plane to areas hit by Hurricane Katrina in the United States, but will reconsider a Russian proposal to do so later if need be. The problem with a plan is that it needs adequate landing space — both air space, and landing area.
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Update, 1:50PM Israel‘s offering assistance and expressing sympathy (link courtesy of an anonymous commenter)
In India, The National Federation of Indian American Associations has launched a campaign to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina
All funds collected will be handed over to the American Red Cross and other charities, NFIA President Rajen Anand said on Wednesday
has undertaken to mobilize all its affiliate emergency agencies, including Muslim Aid, Islamic Relief, Muslim Hands and other relief agencies, to render assistance to the survivors and their relatives.
Italy has offered to send aid to the U.S. and has readied two military transport planes to carry supplies and personnel to New Orleans or other areas hit by Hurricane Katrina, Italy’s Civil Protection said Thursday.
Italy’s aid effort would include pumps, generators, amphibious crafts, tents, as well as experts in managing and assisting evacuees, the Civil Protection said in a statement.
The State Department said offers so far had come from Canada, Russia, Japan, France, Germany, Britain, China, Australia, Jamaica, Honduras, Greece, Venezuela, the Organization of American States, NATO, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, South Korea, Israel and the United Arab Emirates
WER’s Scotland charity partner has a fully equipped search and rescue team from Glasgow’s fire brigade ready to fly to America to help, if their skills are needed. This is being coordinated through the American Red Cross.