I've been watching the coverage of Hurricane Katrina over the past 24 hours. Words describing this storm don't do it justice, and the television images are overwhelming.
As more news and data emerges from the region, it's quite evident that the people of the Gulf Coast will need the world's collective prayers, support, and most importantly, the necessary resources that will help them through the challenging times that last long after the storm has passed.
If you've never visited New Orleans or the Gulf Coast region of the United States, you should. It's an area steeped in European and American cultural heritage and diversity -- great food, great music, history, architecture...the list goes on.
But most of all, it has wonderful people filled with joie de vivre and great soul. Those of us at IBM will be thinking of -- and helping them -- in their time of need.
If you would like to help, please make a contribution to the American Red Cross.