In August 2016, the state of Louisiana was hit by an overwhelming level of flooding and one of the worst natural disasters in recent years. Our US response team immediately jumped into action and we are still there today. After several months of clearing debris and preparing affected homes for rebuild, our response efforts now transition into longer term recovery for the flood affected homeowners.
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In the response efforts alone, a total of 640 volunteers contributed 20,000 hours toward the completion of 131 muck and guts, helping homeowners in the wake of the devastation. Due to the ongoing needs of the state of Louisiana, we are now in the recovery phase.
The team launched a pilot program called “Shelter at Home/ Extreme Cases” targeting high-risk families with high levels of damage. This was modeled after the state’s Shelter at Home Program which aims to avoid the dislocation of families. To further these efforts, we’ve collaborated with long-term recovery partners to help repair and bring damaged households, institutions, and daycare centers back to full recovery.