Major flooding/Major disaster declared - August 2016
We will have the following Point of Distribution Centers set up located at the addresses listed below:
(All PODS closed as of October 12, 2016)
Unity In Disasters, Inc. has dedicated this page to Louisiana Communities and Louisiana VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters) members in the event of a LEPA levels 1 or 2 disaster. The purpose of this page is to exchange information and provide update, in addition to links to other related agencies for quick viewing of their information and news releases. Unity in Disasters’ goal is to assist the community with ideas and solutions to help maximize the efforts and resources for all organizations. Normal channels of communications are encouraged, however, this tool has its place as we all seek to improve overall effectiveness.
Unity in Louisiana: (30 day update since August 19, 2016) We have helped with food and supplies for over 934 families at the five POD's (Point of Distribution) we set up in four Louisiana Parishes, distributed over 300,000 lbs of donated food to the five PODs, 150, 000 lbs of food donated to the Unity in Louisiana Coalition, two hot meal locations helping provide over 2,400 meals. There was a donation pledged to us on September 17, 2016 with seven truck loads (280, 000 lbs/156 pallets) of food for our hot meals initiative to be delivered to us on October 22, 2016. Providing tractor trailer of supplies such as diapers, hygiene kits, platex gloves, water and food boxes. Unity lead an agency for free air trans to neighboring states by private plane for families affected. We provided over 800 clean up buckets and one mobile feeding kitchen since Superstorm Sandy and it anticipated to be a cost of nearly $30 million. This flooding has claimed the lives of at least thirteen victims across five parishes with more than 31 inches of rainfall. There are over 7, 000 people desperately in need of our help.
Unity In Disasters is providing two truck loads of supplies and food to Baton Rouge, La. to assist the 40,000 households.
Major Disaster Declaration- March 13, 2016
Through our network of partners, Unity in Disasters, Inc. is now supporting 4 Parishes (Beauregard, Grant, Natchitoches, and Vernon) in Louisiana that includes an estimated 10,000 homes with flood damage.
We have secured donations for 1,000 clean up bucket accessory kits, and coordinated initiation of case management training
for the rebuild and recovery phase. We have an estimated 10 volunteers ready for the training for two of the parishes.
Our network has 30-50 volunteers weekly for cleanup and distribution operations during the current response phase. Additionally, Unity In Disasters, Inc. has in process 500 clean up buckets, diapers, protective masks, and work gloves for delivery to the affected area from a local donor.
Louisiana disaster survivors in Columbia and Sicily Island may still visit other centers to meet with recovery officials. For other locations go to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or call 800-621-3362.
Residents can still register for disaster assistance or ask questions by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use 711/VRS can call 800-621-3362. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. They can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or www.fema.gov/disaster/4263. Cuando llame al 800 621-3362 (FEMA) marque el 1 y escuche las instrucciones en español.
Call the helpline to:
FEMA advises applicants to have their nine-digit FEMA registration number on hand when they call. They also will be asked to verify their identity if they want access to their information.