Oh, hush. I'm already going to hell for so many things, a black-witted post title won't make a difference.
I've never been to New Orleans, though I've much enjoyed the Mardi Gras episodes of "COPS." I did always think that the Big Easy would still be there when I got around to visiting...but that seems far more dubious, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The people on the Gulf Coast are in desperate, horrific straits. Send your thoughts, your prayers to whatever deity towards which you might be inclined. Better, send your cash if you've got some.
Seattle Red Cross--http://www.seattleredcross.org. I'd link to the national site, but it seems to be overwhelmed at the moment. Keep it coming.
Northwest Medical Teams--http://www.nwmedicalteams.org.
United Way Hurricane Katrina Fund--https://volunteer.united-e-way.org/hurricane-katrina/donate/