Alan Guterriez of Engine Room blog asked me to help spread word. Those that know either a bit about using wikis and/or about about the lay of the land in New Orleans are needed to help wiith organizational structure/information architecture and more. Check out the ThinkNola Wiki. He also lists other live news sources, blogs, wikis and forums too.
He also has a wikified a Hurricane Katrina Survivor Registry where folks can add survivors and list missing persons, and found persons by regions.
Hugh has more of Alan's thoughts online (here's a snippet):
Reporting has been given over to the media, and they are talking about the looting, the shooting, the crime. It's a great big show. It's anarchy, it's chaos. No information to be had.
But, in reality. There is A LOT of information to be had. It's simply not presented in a way that is at all useful to the citizens of New Orleans.
There are land lines working, SMS messages are working on cell phones, people are running all sorts of information through the http://nola.com/forums/ .
That's the problem. It scrolls off the screen and gets lost.
I gathered some of that information into a Wiki page. It was information about about Xavier University. A faculty member posted a list of trapped students. I formatted it and put it on a Wiki page.
Then people started to send me updates in e-mail. Someone thanked me for the page. So, I made point of gathering and formatting all the Xavier messages I could find onto the page.
The Xavier Wiki page became an unofficial web page, and kept it up until I couldn't stay awake any longer, and sadly, went to sleep.
When I awoke, I found that the Xavier families, has simply kept the Wiki page going without me. I cleaned up the their markup, buth the information is there.
Now, I'm finding the page gets updated, nice and neat.