As a Southerner, being originally from South Alabama and having lived near the Gulf Coast, my heart is really breaking for all of those effected by hurricane Katrina. New Orleans is one of my favorite places and it is gut wrenching to see the images of the devastation.
Please, if you can, do all you can to help. The American Red Cross is one of the best resources I can think of. If you can make a donation or volunteer to help, please do.