There's been a lot of help from "out here" offered to the folks inside New Orleans. There's been a lot of folks inside that have complained that there isn't enough help being offered.
Seems to me that Ginger is right, there's a complete lack of communication because of power, phone and iinternet connection outages. I found one site though, run from the inside of an ISP company in New Orleans that has back-up generators and such, and is still connected to the internet.
So here is a blog, with links to pictures, straight from New Orleans - have a look, pass it around so maybe people can get lucky and see a loved one in one of the pics, or just getting general news from the inside out to us, or offers of help from us to them can get in?