September 12, 2008
Several Tulane Law School students undertook relief efforts last week in response to a national cry for help in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav. From their own evacuation locations—some hundreds of miles away—second-year law students Patricia Guzman, Carolyn Cooper, Jonathan Belaga and Claire Yancey reached out to help make possible a website of Gustav-related resources and information available to the public.
The site, gustavinfo.org, was created by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center in partnership with the Equity and Inclusion Campaign and in solidarity with the many advocacy efforts going on at this time.
Morgan Williams (J.D. 08), the mastermind behind the Student Hurricane Network (SHN)—a national association dedicated to providing long-term assistance to communities affected by Hurricane Katrina—and Galen M. Hair, vice chair of the ABA Law Student Division, coordinated a part of the large scale project, reaching out to every legal service provider in the region, ascertaining their needs, and other tasks.
"[The Tulane law students] all helped in various ways and some had trouble upon their return to New Orleans and the realization that they were without benefit of internet," said Hair. "I was moved by their willingness to help while they waited to find out the fate of their homes."
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav, call 1-800-749-2673.* The ViaLink 211 COPE line is up and running, and is a good source for hurricane information. Their call center has access to gustavinfo.org and other resources.
More information concerning relief efforts is available here.
*Please expect a 10-minute hold time, but their representatives will pick up.