Mayor Nagin says the body count for Katrina may exceed 10,000!. Previous to Katrina, the worst hurricane to hit the US was in Galveston, Texas in 1900. It killed over 6,000 people. If Nagin’s 10,000 figure is accurate, Katrina is the worst natural disaster in the US in over a century by a long margin. The Red Cross has already said it’s the worst disaster in their 120-year history.
If you gave money for smaller disasters, giving for this one is a no-brainer. :)