My advice is to stop watching the news, listening to the radio, and read blogs instead. I always wonder about how sensationalist news is, and it certainly is right now. They only report the bad, not the good. They are also not reporting about anything other than the New Orleans tragedy, while many areas have actually been hit.
Start with these:
MaxedOutMama (Drove from Atlanta to Gulfport)
Cyli (in New Orleans)
Man still in New Orleans. Many pictures
Not a blog, but interesting. Thanks to Sam for this link. Why don't we ever listen to ourselves?