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ArabianFancy(GinaD)
There are a few of us that visit this board who are in the path of a major hurricane right now. Depending on how it turns it could affect those of us in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi( me ) , Louisiana, or Texas very strongly as well as those in the rest of the South East as well!
Keep us in your thoughts and prayers as the winds and rain come. We are personally 2 hours from the coast but will get some very serious rain and wind. We have 100+ cattle and 133,000 chickens as well as the horses and our families . We are not in a position to leave the area.
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Thank you,
Gina
Regality
Mercury and I wish you all the best!
usamah ezzain
DEAR GINA D,
WE ALWAYS PRAY TO THE ALMIGHTY THE MOST GRACIOUS TO HELP ALL HIS PEOPLE IN DISTRESS AND RELIEVE THEM OF HARM AND DISTRESS,AMEEN RABB3ALAMEEN rolleyes.gif MAY GOD AS WELL TAKES SPECIAL CARE OF YOU,YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR LOVED ONES wub.gif wub.gif wub.gif
ArabianFancy(GinaD)
Thanks to you all. At this point it is looking VERY bad for all in the affected area. The winds are over 160 miles and hour and should increase more before landfall . Please pray for all in the way of this storm. This is the one we have been dreading for years.
Gina
Liz Salmon
I've several friends that have already evacuated the area. I do hope everyone keeps safe. We probably won't feel anything in the Dallas area, although we do need rain.
CarolCH
Dear Gina,

You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time! I know how scary it is for you (and the worry you have for your animals) and will pray for the best.

Even though I'm still here in Virginia, my husband is living in New Orleans (he's on the faculty at the University of New Orleans). He decided to evacuate yesterday morning to Tyler, Texas and because he left early, he had no traffic to deal with, thank goodness.

We were in New Orleans during a Category 2 hurricane and it was awful. The winds were so strong, our apartment building shook. Although the pumps in the New Orleans area handle the flow of storm water well, I just don't know what will happen during a Category 5.

I will be keeping you, and everyone, in the path of Hurricane Katrina, that are not able to leave their homes, in my thoughts and prayers.

Carol
windamere
May the Good Lord hold you in the palm of His hand and see you, your family and animals all safely through the tempest.
With concern,
Sharon
Suellen Taylor
Gina and all...I just heard the report on this hurricane and it sounds fearful. sad.gif

We are in Northern Georgia, but our daughter is in Panama City Beach and we have close friends in New Orleans.

Everyone is being thought of and prayed for..be safe!

TOP Of the Hill Arabians
Chatsworth, Georgia USA
HLM
Dear Friends

this time we are Not in a hurican problem area.

If you or anyone you know needs shelter for their horses,dogs ,please call us under 352-481-4254- e-mail Khofo@worldnet.att.net

and advise your arrival. THERE IS NO stall/kennel charge.

yOU NEED A COGGINS TEST and if you dont have one, we are able to quarantine such horses until it is taken here.

Bill and Hansi
Serenity Arabaian Farms
Hawthorne, Fl,

PS we are about 500-700 miles from the area
20 miles east of Gainesville, Florida.

Go straight east on I-10- to US I 75. turn south on I-75 and call us for directions.
Bakr
Dear Gina
All my best wishes and prayers that you and all other people in the hurican area will be safe and it will pass with no harm or damage.

Bakr
OxaraGuest
Yes its really terrible.... its actually also on the news here in Denmark, so a lot og people all over the world is thinking about all of you over there.

I hope everyone will come safely through the storm.

You are all in our thoughts. unsure.gif

To: HLM - what you are here offering is really a very nice and warm thing to do, its so nice to hear that people can care for each other and work together when its really needed.
Well done wink.gif
Majid
Dear Gina,

May you all be kept safe from the storm. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Majid
CarolCH
I hope Oliver and Aleksi won't mind, but I thought I'd post a link to one of our local TV news stations in New Orleans. This way those people that are not familiar with New Orleans (and the surrounding areas) can keep track of what's going on "in" the city of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

Channel 4 News in New Orleans
hawksflight
Gina, you are definitely in our prayers here. We live on the Gulf coast in Florida and the back-toback hurricanes here still affect us. What are you going to do with your horses? From all of the disaster animal response meetings I have been to here, the advice is to put the horses out of the barn where they are not in danger of collapsing structure. We put waterproof ID tags with our contact/address on the halters and put duct tape around the tag and they were out for all four storms. Thanks be to God, we had no injuries and they seemed to know where and how to stand in the storms. Instinct was very noticeable as we had several tornadoes and they woudl shift to another area just before the dervish came through. When Hurricane Andrew devastated the Miami area. pregnant horses actually broke through pool cages to jump into the water and normalize their internal pressure - pretty amazing how they are equipped. God be with you and you are in our prayers and thoughts.

Karin
Sarasota, Florida
Becca
Hang in there, Gina. We'll make it. The waiting and worrying is getting to me too.

Keep safe, and I'll pm you my phone numbers (hopefully the towers will hold)

Becca
Marsina
Cheers Hansi!! My dear lady you have a truly compassionate heart! This world needs more people who have the resources willing to help others out in their time of need.

I am praying for all farms/barns/houses/people/animals in the path of the hurricane.
Aimbri
Bravo Hansi! You are truly a wonderful and caring person to make such a generous offer! I commend you!

All the best to our horse-friends in the path of the storm, we're thinking about you and praying for you!
ArabianFancy(GinaD)
Thanks to everyone. We all pull together here and offer shelter to each other and each others horses on many of the other forums I visit. All of the local show arenas offer space for horses and pets etc. as well.
Please just keep praying for us!!!
Gina
heidip
Keep us updated as you can, my thoughts and prayers go out to those in the path of these storms.
cate
How awful for you!

All anyone can do is pray to the Almighty, the high and the lofty one who inhabiteth eternity, that all of you will be kept safe.
HLM
Yes Kate and all, praying helps but so does common sense. Read my other post please and anybody who can do something to make it easier, please do.

Panik kills, screaming takes oxygen away and one cant think straight. One must try to keep total control of our senses. Worsed yet, is the aftermath, and that is what might kill even more.


Sorry, for my budding in again, but I am so worried, so scared for all. there might be more hurricans, so we all must watch out, and must watch out for each other please.

Hansi biggrin.gif
Serenity Arabian Farms
ArabianFancy(GinaD)
Thanks to you all. We are settling in for the long haul and I will not likely post for quite some time due to power outages. . Keep us in your prayers!! Hopefully it will not get too bad here!
Gina, Jamie, Mandy and Justin Dupree
carolmaginn
I remember that God said somewhere that if we all join together in prayer that it would help... So... if all of us could please join together this prayer... Please also add any additional intentions you have....

Dear God,

Please pray for Gina, and for all those who are being threatened by this hurricane. We pray for your protection from the hurricane and any other bad weather. Please keep all of your creatures - human and otherwise safe from harm and allow them to recover quickly from any damage to property.

Amen,

From All of Us
Mystic
Amen.....
Anjuli BaiGuest
God bless you.
cate
I am in Scotland, UK., so all I can do, Hansi, is pray! God is the hearer of prayer, and although in situations like this people must do what they can to survive.....Prayer is a very powerful tool, and I dont mean praying to an idol....... I mean to pray to God through Christ Jesus.

People tend to think that if they do this or do that it will happen, but not without the will of God. He is the Omnipotent and Omnipresent God, Alpha and Omega.....the beginning and the end. A sparrow does not fall to the ground without His knowledge.

How many of us go about our daily lives without a thought for God until something dreadful happens......then once our prayers are answered.....back to our old ways! How many of us keep the Sabbath Day? All wrapped up in our daily lives and not a thought for our maker! So why should God hear our prayers when his holy day is used for so much entertainment.

But God is a God of mercy, so let us all pray for the safety of our friends on this forum and all the other people caught up in this dreadful event.

God is our refuge and our strength,
in straits a present aid;
Therefore, although the earth remove,
we will not be afraid (Psalm 46)
Eagleridge Arabian Farm
The power of prayer is immense......I my thoughts and prayers will also be with all the people that have been or will be effected by this natural disaster.

Jenni
iluvmyarab
My prayers are with you and all in the storm affected region.

Stacey
CarolCH
My thoughts and prayers continue to be with everyone in the path of Hurricane Katrina. My husband and I lived in New Orleans for 6 years until recently moving to Virginia in October of 2004. However, my husband is now back in New Orleans but did evacuate early and is safe and sound. We still have many friends in the New Orleans area, as well as Metairie and Slidell, LA and Bay St. Louis, MS. It's such a scary time as thousands of people and many states are being effected by this hurricane. I'm praying very hard for Gina, her family, and their many animals. In addition, I'd like to say "thank you" to those members on this forum (Hansi in FL, Oak Lawn Arabians in TX, etc.) that have graciously opened their homes/farms to our many equine friends in need. Again, below is a link to a TV news station in the City of New Orleans giving up-to-the-minute news:

Channel 4 News in New Orleans

When you click on the link, sometimes the website will come up immediately and sometimes it might take a few minutes.

God bless everyone during this time. sad.gif

Carol
Ladypurr
Gina, I am so concerned about everyone living in the path of this monster hurricane. I hope those who can, will evacuate for their own safety. The power of nature is nothing to toy with.

We are all praying that God will protect you and your animals.

Whenever I am very anxious and afraid, I always think of, and repeat the wonderful verse,

"Be still and know that I am God".

As someone else posted, "a sparrow does not fall that God is not aware of and concerned".

He will not abandon you! It is times like these that God works His perfect will and shows His unfathomable love through the caring and loving hands of His children.

May God protect and bless you and all those who are in Katrina's path.

--Susan
sidjesidi
Gina - and all that are in danger - I wish so much we could help you and your animals out during this horrible time. I hope you will be signing in again soon, and the storm will have passed.

Hansi - that is wonderful and kind of you to offer your help! This world needs to be kinder to people in need.


Terry Polk
Los Acres
Gillian
Has anyone heard from Gina? I understand that the eye of the storm passed right over her place. I and a few others have tried to call, but the phone lines are obviously out. If anyone has a cell phone number for her, can you please find out if she is okay and if there is anything that we can do for her and her family?

Thank you,

-Gillian
DesertLoreGuest
Gina has been heard from and she and her family are fine. Some trees damaged power out etc, but the family - human and animals are fine.
CarolCH
Thank goodness Gina, her family and their many animals are safe and sound. biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

My husband is finally in route home to me in Virginia after evacuating from New Orleans. When he will be able to return to the University is unknown; I feel he will be out of work for a very long time. Nevertheless, we feel truly blessed he is safe and that we have each other wub.gif because so many have lost so much. sad.gif

We were able to contact 2 of our friends who are safe in another area of Louisiana and out-of-state. However, we still have not heard from many of our friends and colleagues in the New Orleans, Metairie and Slidell areas and pray they are safe. sad.gif During a news conference a few minutes ago it was mentioned the State of Louisiana plans to eventually evacuate ALL residents in the New Orleans area; people won't be able to return home for weeks or more likely, months.

The devastation and loss of life throughout Southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and other states due to Hurricane Katrina has been unbelievable. sad.gif I would like to thank everyone on this forum for expressing their heartfelt concerns and offering their many many prayers. Let us continue to keep everyone affected by this truly horrific situation in our thoughts and prayers for they will need them for a very very long time. sad.gif

Carol
Aleksi
Devastating reports in the TV news.
Our thoughts are with all the people involved.
It's a catasthrophe - we are just sitting in front of the TV
and can't believe what's going on.
equinegateskeeper
well new orleans, louisianna biloxi, mississippi and mobile alabama have been hit the hardest ..... eventhough katie decided to go north east of new orleans levees have broken and 80% of new orleans is flooded including the historic french quarter .

biloxi took the brunt of katie's fury and all of the houses and casino's ( which by law had to be built on the ocean) are gone total devastation

gulf port and surrounding areas have also been wiped out by the surge which in some places was as high as 30 ft.

Katie spawned tornados as far north east as georgia north of Atlanta and the effects will be felt all the way in canada as soon as tonight.,

they're saying that katie has now become the costliest disaster since andrew hit west florida in 1991 or 92 can';t remember .

there was a gut wrenching story about a man harry jackson who had to watch as the surge took his beloved wife out of his hands it made me cry as the pain of the loss was so evident in his voice and eyes

so far death toll stands at 80 people.( in biloxi) at some point rescuers have seen bodies float down the water filled streets.

80% of new orleans is under water they have to evacuate all those that were left behind for what ever reasons national coast guard has been busy rescuing people off roofs of flooded homes.


no electricity and no way to get it back 4 - 6 week wait for all who have been evacuated to come back.


WOW NATURE'S GREAT TEMPER TANTRUM . Governor of Mississippi called our american tsunami and it looks like a tsunami hit the gulf coast .
equinegateskeeper
QUOTE (CarolCH @ Aug 30 2005, 10:35 PM)
Thank goodness Gina, her family and their many animals are safe and sound. biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif

My husband is finally in route home to me in Virginia after evacuating from New Orleans. When he will be able to return to the University is unknown; I feel he will be out of work for a very long time. Nevertheless, we feel truly blessed he is safe and that we have each other wub.gif because so many have lost so much. sad.gif

We were able to contact 2 of our friends who are safe in another area of Louisiana and out-of-state. However, we still have not heard from many of our friends and colleagues in the New Orleans, Metairie and Slidell areas and pray they are safe. sad.gif During a news conference a few minutes ago it was mentioned the State of Louisiana plans to eventually evacuate ALL residents in the New Orleans area; people won't be able to return home for weeks or more likely, months.

The devastation and loss of life throughout Southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and other states due to Hurricane Katrina has been unbelievable. sad.gif I would like to thank everyone on this forum for expressing their heartfelt concerns and offering their many many prayers. Let us continue to keep everyone affected by this truly horrific situation in our thoughts and prayers for they will need them for a very very long time. sad.gif

Carol

omG Carol those were the hardest hit towns in louisianna i pray your friends are ok snidell was hit real hard.
Regality
Has anyone heard from Rhonda... Her friends are worried about her and her family, human and all other species?
CarolCH
I hope Oliver and Aleksi won't mind (if yes, please remove these links). But since some are searching for friends and loved ones in the Louisiana and Mississippi areas, I thought I would post the following 2 websites. They feature forums where you can post messages in search of individuals. The first site covers the New Orleans Metropolitan area, as well as Metairie and Slidell, LA. The second site covers the Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Channel 4 News in New Orleans

Channel 13 News in Southern Mississippi

And below for the Mobile, Alabama area:

Channel 15 News Mobile, Alabama

Carol
DesertLore Guest
As of late Wed. morning Rhonda has made contact!

Her family is fine. Report says fences and trees down, barn roof gone and no power, water or gas. However, her family is fine.
Marsina
Still praying for all humans and equines and other animals affected by this devastation--this is a horrible tragedy and I am hoping that most of the people/equines/etc in it's path were able to get out of the way.

Hansi, did anyone take you up on your offer to help? I was curious to know how your provisions for the extra horses were going.
Marsina
This burdened my heart:

I was watching the news on NBC tonight, obvious coverage of the devastation that Katrina has left. They showed a woman who had been sleeping/staying on a bridge with her husband along with several other people. Her husband passed away either during the day or night as she slept beside him. She tried to get the attention of police officers for help and finally after the 9th one passed by they turned around to find out what all her commotion was about. Explaining that her husband had died and asking them for help, the police officer told her "she had better move the body soon before it began to stink."

Where is the humanity, where is the compassion for this desolate lady in such a desperate time? Although I don't know her name and will probably never meet her, I pray that God would see to her needs and console her grieving heart burdened by the devastation of this hurricane and the cares of this world. Whoever she is, I want to ask her forgiveness for the void of compassion she received from that police officer. I care."

I know there are literally millions of stories of children who watched their parents die infront of them and they are now orphans with no one to claim them, no one to tell them "It's going to be alright even though you are suffering greatly", or the single mothers with children who desperately need water and food to survive but no one is there to console her or them in this time of need or direct their path, advising them where to go for food and shelter, for the man who jumped off a bridge and committed suicide because he could see no hope in his future--his body is covered by a sheet and no one notices him as they pass by, for businesses and houses lost and for the pain this hurricane has had in the hearts of so many, turning their worlds upside down and inside out. I pray that the Holy Spirit rest inside each person's heart and that the ministering angels of Heaven descend upon the earth to minister to all those in their time of desolation and desperation in this very hour, I pray for supernatural provision to come where there seems to be none, I pray that Heaven would open it's gates and pour out Jesus' love, mercy, and peace to all those affected, that grace, compassion, and patience would come quickly to those who need it and that the brokenhearted would be healed. I thank God for all the people in this world who do care and are doing something to show their care whether it be monetary donations, prayers, helping out in those states, etc. And I also pray that instead of dispair, that God would reveal His hope for each one of their lives--regardless of the circumstances--that they would be able to rise up to His eternal perspective and see the plans He still has for them--plans to prosper them, not to harm them, plans to give them hope and a future. I stand in faith, agreeing with the other millions upon millions of prayers that are being lifted up to Heaven around the world, and know for a fact that God hears our cries and IS faithful to answer. Lord, use what was meant for harm and destruction for Your ultimate good--turn this tragedy around and bring us all closer together.

I will continue pray and tarry with those who are suffering--they are never alone.

Amen
CenturyOak
We were very lucky here to have been passed by even by the storms and wind that radiated out. We are 2 1/2 hours from the coast of Alabama. Watching the devastation it is just unreal unsure.gif I feel like we will feel the aftershocks of this for a long long time.

Gas prices are skyrocketing, lines of cars at pumps and many stations out of fuel. We filled our cars up yesterday before the mass panic set in, but it's going to be tough getting to work in a week when there is no more gas to be had. As much as I have threatened to ride a horse to work it's not feasible due to distance. I am going this weekend to lay in more feed and hay and putting up more fence as quickly as I can so at least if it gets dodgy the horses will be able to graze unsure.gif

They said Britain and Germany had offered a helping hand in this and that means the world to us that notice those sorts of things. I'm nobody of importance, but that really warmed my heart to hear that and speaking as an American, thank you wub.gif

Please say a pray to whatever higher being you worship and believe in to keep those people safe, to soothe the childrens fears and that this will come under control soon and the rebuilding can begin.
HLM
Dear Marsina

We have restrictions in Florida from the Dept. of Agri considering various deceases and wont allow horses in from areas which have them, which includes some of the Gulf States. Even crossing through them gives a problem.

We are about 800 mile southeast from the area, so most animals went into areas nearer by. We gave shelter to some from Pensicola- last hurrican forecast, but that hurrican did not touch the area. We made other contributions to help.

The depts. of Agri are of course concerned to not bring in certain contagious deceases.

Yes, it is a mess, and I think a lot could have been prevented.
Due to Constitutional rights in America, little is mandatory, so people can do as they please by enlarge. there also is a lac of self-diszipline and basic education which contributes to chaos.

Indeed it is heartwarming that the UK and Germany are shipping in.

Personally, I cant see how New Orelans can be saved, nor the neighboring areas. To rebould would be taken a chance. and city management appears to leave a lot to be desired of in my opinion.

What I fear most that the hurrican season is not over. We are here since 1976 and it was the first time that in our area we were touched by two hurricans badly. It could happen again, but not as likely. We are also on higher grounds, so flooding is almost impossible. Even with hard rains, all runs into our lake and we are some 16 feet above it. All Florida would have to be submerged before we are part of it.

I pray that nothing again will happen to the people.

Hansi biggrin.gif
Serenity Arabian Farms
Baraka
I have had contact from Marty Ryals, of Ryalswood Arabians. She is very near Baton Rouge. Thankfully she suffered little damage, and no loss of horses. What a miracle.

She said:
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All around me, there was worse damage - whole huge live oaks toppled, a barn collapsed and many of my neighbors do not have power back.  There were/are downed electric poles & lines and trees laying on roads.

I was sooo concerned about my horses but they adapted and placed their butts to the wind and continued grazing once they got over their initial panic due to high winds.  All my pastures but one have huge pecan or live oak trees but the branches that fell in the pastures did not hurt anything!  Thank Goodness!


I don't think it is possible to imagine what it must be like for these people. Their babies are dying, loved ones are lost, many are without food, water or shelter with no chance of help for days. Worse is the crime, as New Orleans has no shortage of gangs and criminals. They are shooting at the rescue helecopters, hijacking supply trucks on their way to hospitals, shooting at the private boats that are trying to rescue people. The newscasters are reporting the dangers caused by the criminals, and rescue efforts have virtually been STOPPED due to the danger from these "animals." I cannot imagine such horrors and inhumanity.

My husband and I were visiting New Orleans when Hurricane Betsy rolled in. Our friend lived in Meterie, where he lives to this day. Although we left many hours before the hurricane struck, even then it was terrifying. Traffic was moving so slow that we could have walked faster..... the car was lifting up on it's wheels, and in front of us, signs and tree limbs were flying horizontally through the air. The hurricane was moving towards us, faster than we were moving away. We drove all the way to Shreveport before we were able to locate a single motel room, and it was the last in that city. New Orleans was almost destroyed with that hurricane. I think those citizens would take "Betsy" anyday, compared to this. God help these people.
CenturyOak
Hansi the links I was reading yesterday regarding evacuating horses said the restricitions for health certificates and Coggins were being lifted, at least temporarily to allow the quick evacuation of animals from damaged areas. So I'm not sure that they are really enforcing the mandatory certificates and coggins to travel across state lines.

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I don't think it is possible to imagine what it must be like for these people. Their babies are dying, loved ones are lost, many are without food, water or shelter with no chance of help for days. Worse is the crime, as New Orleans has no shortage of gangs and criminals. They are shooting at the rescue helecopters, hijacking supply trucks on their way to hospitals, shooting at the private boats that are trying to rescue people. The newscasters are reporting the dangers caused by the criminals, and rescue efforts have virtually been STOPPED due to the danger from these "animals." I cannot imagine such horrors and inhumanity.


This kind of stuff is just unbelievable. It almost makes me think they need to send the national guard in with hummers and tanks and restore order. Normally I'd never think this was necessary.. being married for many years to a military police sargent left me with the understanding of just what "marshal law" means.. and in other other circumstance this would be extreme. However, this is starting to sound like extreme measures need to be taken.

God give the guardian angels strength through this. unsure.gif
Baraka
We are seeing a small percentage of people (criminals), jeopardize the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent, suffering, helpless people. There cannot be a trace of humanity left in these criminals, as their crimes go beyond anything imaginable. I don't think any treatment of these people can be too severe. We do need to bring in whatever forces is needed to control these monsters in whatever way is necessary, and do so before more people literally suffer to death as a result of their actions. There are NO words that describes the extend of their crimes, nor, IMO, the limits to which they should be dealt. Law enforcement has been pulled off of the rescue efforts, in order to try and control the crime. That, IMO, is the last straw!
Baraka
I just received word from Gina. She and her family were forced to relocated, due to no electrical power, and limited water. The house survived, but with a young baby, they could not stay there.

She asked that I let everyone know that "Arabian Fancy" halter work and response to emails, will be slow for awhile until they are able to return to their home, and get things back in order.

Lets keep them in our prayers.
CenturyOak
Oliver & Aleksi - I hope this is ok to post here. If not, please just delete. I just found this link and it seems to be one of the more reputable efforts going on as far as rescue and refuge for the horses.


USEF has an effort going to try to help find refuge for some of the horses displaced from the storm. They are putting together a list. Go to www.usef.org and click on the link to Hurricane Katrina on the right hand side of the page for information and email address.
tkr9
I can't believe a disaster like this has hit a city as lovely as New Orleans. We covered their levey system in Geography and I remember learning all about the flood risks, but I never imagined I would see such a terrible case study for real.

Hope everyone associated with New Orleans on this forum is well, and their horses. It;s been one strange summer, what with the floods in Europe too!
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