What do you do when your website has same name as a major hurricane that has devastated areas in several states? That was the question facing Katrina Blankenship. She owns the domain katrina.com, which she uses as a personal and business website.
Because her domain holds the same name as the hurricane, people turned to her website for disaster relief information. Instead of being annoyed, Blankenship converted her website to aid people. The website has been revamped to provide information on missing persons, relief efforts, and important telephone numbers for public services. A message board has been set up so that those seeking information or aid may communicate with others. The Missing Persons link takes you to the Homeland Security website, which includes a link to report missing people. Several links are provided to government agencies working with hurricane survivors. There is even a guest book so visitors can share their thoughts and prayers.
Thanks should be given to Katrina Blankenship! She’s taken the minor frustration of misdirected traffic and turned it into a hub of information for families and survivors.
[Photograph of Hurricane Katrina courtesy of: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz at NASA GSFC]