DEPLOYING FOR EMERGENCY AID AND RECON MISSION FOLLOWING HURRICANE LAURA
On August, 29th 2020, Hurricane Laura swept through Louisiana leaving hundreds of thousands without power and in desparate need of immediate emergency aid.
Hurricane Laura was later categorized as a Category 4 hurricane with measured wind speeds reaching up to 150 mph. The total cost of its damage, $19.1 billion.
Our partners at Aerial Recovery Group quickly put together a team of volunteers and we launched a campaign to collect donations for emergency relif. The focus areas for immediate aid were on food and water, emergency relief supplies, and solar powered lamps that would be provided by our partner, Watts of Love.
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THE CRIPPLING COST OF REBUILDING AFTER A DISASTER
Our team of volunteers were able to assit in several mission trips to Louisiana, focusing on the hardest hit areas- Lake Charles and Cameron Parish. While boots on the ground our volunteers handed out supplies for basic needs like toothbrushes, toilitries, batteries, tarps, and food; all of which were funded by our donors.
One survivor, a 70-year old woman, was a great reminder of the financial barrier many families face as a result of natural disaster. She flagged us down, shaking and hoping for a reasonably priced referral for roof tarping services.
She had all the materials and was going to attempt to do the repair herself because the cost to hire contractors was out of reach. Our volunteers were mobilized immediately and were able to get her home tarped before the next huge rain storm hit.
The other half of the crew worked with families who were in a similar situation, unable to afford tree removal services priced at $8,500 and $12,500. Without these services, these families would not be able to repair their vehicles or rebuild their homes. Keep in mind that many families live on a fixed income of barely more than $2000 per month.
We were able to step in and clear out the fallen trees as well as assist with plumbing and water issues; a situation that had previously seemed hopeless. It was really emotional to witness their gratitude and willingness to work alongside us.
These stories are just a few of the thousands of families who simply don’t have access to the funds or resources essential to rebuilding after Hurricane Laura and this is not exclusive to this disaster- it happens after every single one. However you can help makes a difference.
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