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Hurricans Katrina and Rita:

See information and pictures from our New Orleans trip of

September, 2007

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The LIC was instrumental in creating the newly formed Louisiana Interfaith Disaster Recovery Network, Inc. (LIDRN)

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New Orleans, September 5, 2005 - An amphibian boat slowly makes its way past one of the city's many cemetary areas, looking for people left stranded by Hurricane Katrina. Individuals left without a place to go after the storm searched for safe haven in many locations. Photo by Win Henderson / FEMA photo.


"Though the fig tree does not blossom,and no fruit is on the vines;

thought the produce of the olive failsand the fields yeild no food

and there is no herd in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will exult in the God of my salvation.

God, the LORD, is my strength;

He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,

and makes me tread upon the heights.

— Habakkuk 3:17-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flood of March 2016 and the great flood of August 2016,

and Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

 

 

 


 

 

Info. on Some Major Disasters That Have Hit Our State: LIC response and helpful links



Our Response to Hurricanes Katrina & Rita

 
New Orleans, LA 9/5/05 -- Search and rescue teams continue to rescue people one week after the hurricane Katrina as New Orleans continues to be evaucated. There are may still be many people who are trapped by floodwaters in their homes. Photo by: Liz Roll
 
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The catastrophic affects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are being felt globally.  The response of the religious community is imperative to the recovery of peoples lives and spirit.  The work of the religious community  to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will extend over a very long period time.  The Louisiana Interchurch Conference has a long history of leadership and coordination in long-term disaster recoveries including Hurricane Andrew.  Informed by experience and the disaster research community we know that the individuals and communities impacted by the hurricane will need 4 things if they are to recovery successfully from this disaster. The religious community is uniquely positioned to provide for these needs.

  1. Appropriate and timely material resources – the LIC is working to develop cooperative systems with the religious community to provide appropriate and timely material resources and work teams.
  2. Social support – the LIC is working with the religious communities in Louisiana and around the country to help build social support for the survivors and restore a sense of community.
  3. Survivors and caregivers need to find a sense of meaning and purpose out of this disaster experience. This is primarily a spiritual and theological issue – the LIC will help enable the religious communities to address this central issue in disaster recovery by providing support, resources  and training.
  4. Helping communities and families take back a sense of control over their lives – the LIC will help train caregivers and work teams so they can help people establish a growing sense of control over their circumstances. 

The LIC is involved in a number of ways. These include:

  • Communicating with and bringing together the religious community for the short and long-term recovery
  • Helping coordinate the efforts of the religious community’s response
  • Establishing a communication network between the denominations and faith groups
  • Act as a forum for the development of cooperative ministries and advocacy programs.
  • Work to establish a long-term care system for those who have been displaced by the hurricane
  • Monitor the recovery process for uneven response and human rights violations.
  • Help develop and support local recovery groups
  • Monitor the quality of Pastoral Care extended through shelters and recovery systems
  • Help train caregivers in spiritual and emotional care.
  • Help provide care for caregivers.
  • As an advocate for the marginalized and those whose voice has been lost.
 

 


 

Our prayers are with all who are facing the aftermath of

Hurricanes Harvey

and Irma

         The Louisiana Interchurch Conference has member churches in the affected areas in Texas as well as southwestern Louisiana.  If you want to lend a hand to the victims of this historic storm, there are countless ways to do so. Many of the LIC member denominations have disaster programs that remain in a constant state of readiness for direct aid.  These programs are always in need of donations and often in need volunteers.  Please contact the LIC if you need information on any of these programs.  Or you can donate $10 to the American Red Cross by texting HARVEY to 90999 or donate to the Salvation Army by texting STORM to 51555. 

One year later -- You are not forgotten

The waters receded and the clean-up and repairs began...

However, one year later, there are still many that are not in their homes, or perhaps they are living in one room that is habitable, or just outside in a FEMA trailer.

Flood-Impacted Homeowners

http://restore.la.gov/

The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program became available in the Spring of 2017 to provide recovery assistance to homeowners affected by the 2016 flooding.   This program applies to those in all levels of recovery, even those who have finished their repairs.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated funding to assist in Louisiana’s long term recovery from the severe flooding that occurred throughout much of the state in March and August of 2016. The funding for The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program is allocated out of HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program.  The program consists of two steps: a survey and an application. The survey may be completed online via the link above or by calling (866) 735-2001, and should take about 15 minutes from start to finish. After completing the survey, homeowners will be invited to complete an application based on their answers to the survey and the phase for which they may qualify. Supporting documentation will be required during the application step to verify eligibility for financial assistance. Assistance will be distributed over several phases; as the state continues to seek more funding from Congress, the program may expand to include additional phases.

 

All flood-impacted homeowners are strongly encouraged to complete the survey. Even if homeowners do not qualify for one of the initial six phases of assistance, they could qualify as more funding becomes available.

 

Find out more about possible Reimbursement Estimates and Repair Estimates at:

    http://restore.la.gov/homeowner-assistance-program/

Sign up to receive email updates from the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program.

We pray that the peace of God remains with you

and guides you in the days to come.

Flood waters receding in Springfield, LA

We also still remember in prayer and appreciation the many First Responders, Volunteers, and all manner of peoples that came together to help through this disaster that covered numerous parishes in Central and Southeast LA and even into Mississippi. 

Additional Resources:  Louisiana operates a hotline to direct people to needed/available resources.   Call 211, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

 

Louisiana's volunteer program:  Volunteer Louisiana, go to:

http://www.volunteerlouisiana.gov   Get your name on the Crisis Cleanup list by calling  1-800-451-1954.  Needs will be matched with voluntary groups.

FEMA Resources:  https://www.disasterassistance.gov
1-800-621-3362   TTY: 1-800-462-7585

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