The League has established a web site to register for assignments in LA and MS. See the main page of www.arrl.org
for details. We would prefer that only those hams who have experience in local emergency communications, have completed ARECC 1 and have the endorsement of their local EC apply. Conditions will be physically and mentally demanding.
Also, please discourage Disaster Welfare Inquiry (DWI) messages into the area. ARRL advises these are getting in the way of emergency communications. Advise people to remain calm and wait for folks to contact them. If they can't be consoled and the message is extremely urgent, the Red Cross maintains a DWI system that folks can best reach through their local Red Cross chapter.
There is also an open survivor information database at www.gulfcoastnews.com
. Property damage summaries for towns can be queried at http://www.scipionus.com/
. Both of these sites are unofficial, but hams have used them to answer some DWI requests . As is taught in the ARECC courses, experienced Emergency Communicators use all available resources even if they aren't "pure" ham radio.
Gary Wilson, K2GW
SNJ Section Emergency Coordinator