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Emergency Weblogs

December 29th, 2004 · No Comments

Via Eric Rice, I learned about Lori’s Emergency Weblog Lori Johns Taylor suffered a heart attack on December 22, 2004 at 2pm. This is our family’s log of her battle through emergency surgery and recovery.. The weblog shares stories of Lori’s recovery, including audio posts, and lets others know how they can help.

Through Dina Mehta, I learned about The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami blog which communicates news about the disaster area as well as ways people can contribute.

Here are blogs used as tools both for international diasters affecting thousands and medical troubles experienced by one family.

It’s great to know how to help. Clicking on a link to send support is a simple way to become involved across the miles. I’m grateful that as I read about these emergencies, I can also know what people need and what I can do to help.

Lori’s story is a scary one. She had a heart attack at age 34. I’m glad to read how she is recovering well.

The tsunami and earthquake stories shake me with sorrow. Reading the paper at the breakfast table this morning, I started to cry, the tales of parents searching for their children speaking to me with special pain. I can’t imagine what I would do or what it would be like to see my daughters swept out to sea. The Seattle Times story was titled A generation hit hard: Many who died were children. I think of the numbers of families affected, children and spouses lost. And yet I sit here, my world cozy and warm this holiday week. As Adam Curry wrote: It’s a beautiful day on the downs…And then my aggregator reminds me of the tragedy. But I am grateful for my aggregator, grateful for the blog posts to read, painful as they are, grateful to be woken from the comfort, grateful to be reminded of the world where I live and the part I can play in it.

Here are a few other blog posts abour the international crisis:

Boing Boing and the New York Times: Blogs Provide Raw Details From Scene of the Disaster [ via Bruce Umbaugh} list bloggers who experienced the disaster.

Evelyn Rodriguez whose blog I read, is all right although she’s not sure she can fly with her leg as it is. Things are absolute madhouse here.

Morrie Johnston, whose blog is also in my aggregator, described the Australian perspective.

Enoch has linked to some news and image sources.

Tonight Ted linked to Sanjiva Weerawarana’s report from Sri Lanka

I’m not sure I know what more to say. Our crises in our lives seem little compared to these ones I read in blogs. Our washing machine is broken, water on the floor, but it seems minor compared to what others are experiencing. I find I am appreciating what we have more than I usually do. We have food and water and health and…

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