Hi my name is Sabrina Bradford. I am a lifetime member of the PSA and a native of the coastal town of Waveland, Mississippi, the city that took the actual eye of Katrina. As a Katrina survivor, I have participated in and helped coordinate volunteer efforts for the past five years since the storm. We are still recovering and most of the neighborhoods are still slabs.
As you know, the Gulf Coast Oil Spill is expected to be one of the worst in history. Currently, I am working with the Audubon Society and the Naval Research Labs at NASA to coordinate volunteer efforts-I am contacting you to ask if you were willing to contact the rest of the philfamily to see if they would be interested in making booms (or collecting nylons) to send down here to soak up the oil. I worked last summer as a Wrangler for the Ranch Department and have been to Philmont seven times (whether it be for work, treks, cavalcades, or even PTC). If you are interested, contact me and I will tell you what needs to be done.
I know that since you are far away it may seem difficult to relate to but the Gulf Fishing Industry is one of our nations primary sources of shrimp, oysters, crawfish, and many other types of seafood (think Forrest Gump). For many people it is a way of life and they were just getting back on their feet from the storm. Besides the fishing industry, many types of endangered species (such as sea turtles and least terns) are extremely threatened by this spill. While tourism is also an industry that will be catastrophically affected, the entire ecosystem is in a greater danger of collapse.
Please e-mail me if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just want to be involved. Anything you can do will help. After Katrina it was the work of volunteers that put us back on our feet and it will be the work of volunteers that will do it again. Feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone you think could be interested.
Thanks for your time,