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Disaster resources – Friday August 19

People are asking questions about (1) what can we do? and often (2) how do I get help… how does this friend receive help? So one thing people need is information. Especially information for people who need help.

So we will sometimes post some information about resources and websites and so on.

(1) What do I do? Someone had water in her home or apartment

Register with FEMA! Anyone can register! If you are denied… you can appeal

Can register online at http://FEMA.gov (or) there will be FEMA locations in Baton Rouge starting Monday

Register with SBA = Small Business Association -> (website?)

Apply for low interest loans… for small businesses or regular home owners

(2) Here are a few useful websites

Louisiana Flood Relief 2016 => with links and articles  = https://www.laflood2016.com/resources/

Crisis Cleanup = https://www.crisiscleanup.org/survivor or https://www.crisiscleanup.org/volunteer or call 1-800-451-1954

Supposed to be good source of receiving help or offering help as a volunteer

(3) I need help buying food

Pre register for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) = https://dsnap.dcfs.la.gov/CustomerPortal/CPLogon.jsp

Basically “food stamps” from the government that you can use to purchase food -> a little confusing!

(4) Flood Victims! Help with clean up!

Did you suffer water damage because of the flood? and do not have flood insurance? Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge will gut sheet rock and spray to prevent mold.  You can call their office 225-927-6551 or email lynn@habitatbr.org. Warning = This sounds like you need to do “stage 1 clean up” first… clean out everything from your home… rip out wet carpet… and so on.

Watch this space! University Baptist Church is not able to help people yet. What we can do is share information and direct people toward resources and groups that can help them.

(5) Want to help on Saturday? need help Saturday?

This one is “information only”. Together Baton Rouge is organizing a “Gut Check Saturday” for people who want to volunteer… and people who need help cleaning out their home. Be at First United Methodist Church tomorrow Saturday August 20 starting at 8:30 a.m. Home owners by 9:00 a.m. Please visit this web page for more information! and to say you are coming. It is important to bring tools + equipment if you have them. https://togetherbr.nationbuilder.com/gutcheck?utm_campaign=invite2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=togetherbr