Starting August 11, 2016, regions in Louisiana and Mississippi experienced 10-20 inches of rain. FEMA reports that there were 6 fatalities, over 8,000 people in shelters and over 10,000 residential and commercial structures affected.
PDA has reached out to the Presbytery of South Louisiana and the Presbytery of Mississippi to offer assistance. Six National Response Team members will deploy to the Presbytery of South Louisiana to do assessments, and two will deploy at the request of the American Red Cross to provide Disaster Spiritual Care. An initial grant and a church damage grant has been sent to the Presbytery of South Louisiana.
PDA deploys trained National Response Team members soon after a disaster 1) when it is safe to do so, and 2) upon invitation from the Presbytery. However, the responsible thing for us to do is wait until Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs) are organized and ready for outside volunteers before we open a PDA host site. It can sometimes take several months to reach this phase of the recovery. The PDA National Call Center has information on initial response partners with volunteer opportunities, and/or you can be added to a list to be notified when a PDA host site is ready for volunteers. You can contact the Call Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-732-6121