How can you respond to Hurricane Laura?
PLEASE BE PATIENT. The affected areas are not yet safe for volunteer teams and the damage is still being assessed. Local leaders will indicate when they are ready to receive volunteers. Houston Responds is serving as a liaison between the recovery work in the affected areas and the coalitions/congregations in Greater Houston that are called to serve.
MAKE A DONATION. One of the ways you can help today is to make a monetary donation. Survivors and responders will need resources for supplies, clean up, construction materials, volunteer coordinators, etc. One of many ways to donate is through Houston Responds. Donate online at www.houstonresponds.org/donate and designate your donation to Hurricane Laura.
VOLUNTEER. It looks like there will be some volunteer teams beginning work next week. Eight Days of Hope is planning to serve the Lake Charles area from starting Wednesday, September 2. Visit www.EightDaysofHope.com for details and to register to serve.
BE PREPARED. Before setting out to volunteer, we advise congregations to be prepared by reviewing training material related to how you intend to serve. Working conditions will be difficult and amenities will be few and far between. With both wind and water damage, some of the initial needs for volunteers will include basic supply distribution, general clean-up, fallen tree removal, roof tarping, and mucking & gutting. Training resources are available at www.houstonresponds.org/disaster.
PRAY. Whether we go to serve or not, be in prayer for those in the path of Laura, for first responders, and for congregations and their people to safely mobilize and help meet the needs of the affected communities. God is our help and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. - Psalm 46:1
LET US KNOW. If you are aware of congregations or organizations in the Lake Charles/Lafayette area that are participating in the recovery effort, please let us know by emailing LauraResponse@houstonresponds.org with the subject “Laura Recovery Contact”.
For more additional resources, visit www.houstonresponds.org/disaster
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