The Future of the Slidell Blog…

Welcome to the Slidell Hurricane Damage Blog (back in action)!  Following the disaster wrought by hurricane Katrina in 2005 the Weblogs Work team was feeling helpless.  Brian Oberkirch, a member of the team and long time friend, had evacuated to Dallas from the small town of Slidell outside of New Orleans.  His town was devastated, but he was desperate for more information.  We launched the Slidell Hurricane Blog initially as a way to distribute the information he had about his town.  Soon we received thousands of messages from towns throughout the Gulf and the blog became a conduit for information.  We wrote about our experience on the primary Weblogs Work blog.

Since April of 2006 this blog has remained dormant collecting thousands of comment and trackback spam messages.  We didn’t even bother to upgrade to the new version of WordPress (shame on us).  Brian is starting his own more general site to provide a dynamic conduit for disasters in general and we decided to remove the Slidell blog.

Whoa! Was that a mistake or what?  Our phones started ringing, our IMs started blazing and our email boxes began to fill.  Clearly, many of you really want us to keep this blog alive.  As you can see it is back up, comment spam and all.  Over the next few days we are going to work on ways to make the blog more relevant to future disasters, while honoring the work the team previously did.  So check back, especially if there is any news of a new threat in the Gulf of Mexico.  Please accept our apology for taking the site down and be assured that we will keep it running for the foreseeable future.

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