I am a Ham radio operator. While working with a construction company after katrina. I tried to volunteer with the "red cross" in Slidel in my spare time. They were located behind a armed enclosed fence along with the national guard, and city/state personal. I was told by armed guards to leave along with other people, who were looking for help. I turned out driving to the edge of florida to find an open store, wal-mart. I bought a load of peanut butter, bread, and bottled water and returned to slidel, la. I was told by the local police (couple of kids) I was not a registered charity and would face being arrested if I didn't leave. I will never volunteer with the red cross, donate, or help in any way any hurricane or natural disaster again. This conclusion was also supported by the way the red cross treated the locals during the May 3, 1999 tornado in Oklahoma. Money has a way of distroying any cheritable organization.