The Louisiana Flood of 2016: How we can help those in the flooded communities of Louisiana / by Zack Smith

Right now there are thousands of Louisiana residents without homes due to the epic flooding that took place over this last weekend. Recent numbers say over 40,000 homes were damaged. Many were not ready for the flooding and had to be rescued from rooftops or stranded on highways. The storm that passed through was slow and vigilant causing little alarm on it's approach but wreaked devastating havoc on Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Denham Springs and surrounding areas.

Many of my cousins and family members are going through the gutting process and about to start talking with FEMA and Red Cross...and it all brings me back to the aftermath of Katrina. I remember those times for the bad and I also remember it was the friends and family that helped each other to get back to a "new" normal.

Here is a post I made on Facebook about HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR LOSS in preparation for grant, loan, and assistant opportunities - please share!

Here are a few websites you can visit if you have the inclination to help those in need. Thank you - Zack

ONLINE DONATIONS

 Red Cross

  • Accepting: Donations via telephone. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or text LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10

• Companion Animal Alliance, Baton Rouge's city animal shelter

  • Needs: Foster homes to house pets temporarily, large bath towels, paper towels, water and food for volunteers and staff. Donations can be made online to assist with these needs by going to the organization's website,www.CAABR.org. 

• NOLA Pay It Forward

  • Accepting: Greater New Orleans Foundation collecting donations to aid neighboring parishes in early relief and rebuilding efforts. Access the site here. 

• United Way of Southeast Louisiana

  • Accepting: Donations online by going through the United Way of Southeast Louisiana's website. Checks can also be mailed to: United Way of Southeast Louisiana, ATTN: Flood Relief, 2515 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119

• Denham Springs Animal Shelter, which was devastated by the floods

  • Accepting: Donations via a GoFundMe account, which PetCo is matching dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. The shelter also has an Amazon Wish List. By making purchases on Amazon, needed items will be sent directly to the shelter. 

 Tangi Humane Society, which is privately run and was devastated by the floods

• Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana

  • Accepting: Donations, 100 percent of which will be turned over to teachers who have lost classroom materials in the floods. They can be made online through APEL's website. Teachers can also apply for the financial aid through the same link. 

• Assess the Need

  • Accepting: Donations for Livingston Parish schools, 15 of which flooded. Donations can be made online by going to Assess the Need's website. They can also be emailed to Assess the Need, PO Box 1802, Denham Springs, LA, 70727

St. Landry-Evangeline United Way
337-942-7815
www.uwsle.org
 
United Way of Acadiana
337-233-8302
www.unitedwayofacadiana.org
 
United Way of Iberia
337-364-0424
www.unitedwayofiberia.org
 
United Way of Southwest Louisiana
337-433-1088
www.unitedwayswla.org