Friday, September 02, 2005 becomes makeshift family finder

An (Opelousas, LA) Daily World article by Billy Liggett, via USA Today, reports that:

Until Monday, a visit to Katrina Blankenship's home on the Web introduced visitors to a small Powhatan, Va.-based business, known for its "Web sites with personality."

Today, in the wake of one of the worst natural disasters in American history, has become a place to look for family or loved ones still missing from Hurricane Katrina. It's also full of helpful information such as how to make a donation or how to reach Louisiana hotels.

Blankenship, a 37-year-old married mother of one, has received hundreds of phone calls, twice as many e-mails and thousands of hits to her 7-year-old Web page since the hurricane hit the Gulf Coast. For the many who aren't familiar with search engines or government Web sites, is the first thing they try, she said.


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