Together Baton Rouge launched a survey yesterday at LAfloodsurvey.com to assess people's flood damage and immediate needs.
The responses we've received have been overwhelming, including major immediate needs for clothes, underwear/ bras, bottles, food, bedding/blow-up mattresses, medicine, water, etc.
One important stat -- 98% of people who responded to the survey are *not* staying in shelters. They're on couches and floors of friends or family, in hotels. In other words, they're dispersed and not receiving many of the resources that are being donated, which (appropriately) are going mostly to shelters.
We've determined that the fastest, most effective way to meet these immediate needs is also the most simple -- to put in Amazon Prime orders for basic necessities, which will be delivered directly to people the next day. (We have people's evacuated addresses from the survey.)
We need three things in the immediate future to make this work. Any help or suggestions you may have around these would be much appreciated.
#1) Donations: You can make donations to this effort at https://togetherbr.nationbuilder.com/donate.
We started putting in Amazon orders today. We'll keep at it until we run out of money.
Need #2) Volunteers at the TBR office this week to call and follow-up with people who responded to the survey
The link to the survey is LAfloodsurvey.com. If you haven't already, please send that link to everyone you know with damage, especially people who have immediate needs.
People don't have to live in Baton Rouge to respond. They can live anywhere in Louisiana. Amazon delivers.
If you know of funders or other resources to support this effort, we're interested. Please let us know.
Here are a few samples responses so you get a sense of the scale of what we're facing:
Comments: I am 73 years old and this has taken a mental and physical effect . I have 1 kidney...blind in 1 eye...heart issues...I am literally HOMELESS....PLEASE HELP ME...I ALSO LOST MY JOB...AND JOB BUILDING WAS DESTROYED.
Immediate needs: Clothes size ...Women 14, Shoes. Size 5.5, Diabetes machine, Diabetic strips, Diabetic needles, Diabetic pin, All furniture and appliances (lost everything in home)
Comments: Please Help me with assistance... God Bless Us All. FEEL SO ALONE THROUGH THIS DISASTER, I KNOW I HAVE GOD BUT ITS SO HARD ALONE... NO FAMILY TO HELP ME AND REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO, CAN'T STOP CRYING AND STAY PRAYING.
Immediate needs: Need assistance with food, dogfood, money for bills &; household items...
Take survey at LAfloodsurvey.com
To donate to support the recovery, click here
Together Baton Rouge has launched a "flood damage survey," to assess immediate needs in the wake of the 2016 floods and inform longer-term policy responses at the federal, state and local governmental levels.
The survey includes questions on the scale and location of each respondents' damage, whether they have flood insurance, flood victims' pressing needs, medical and mental health needs, and others.
The survey takes about 6 minutes to complete.
The survey began as an effort to assess the needs of Together BR's membership, but it has expanded into a far broader project assessing flood-related damages faced by all residents.
Please share the flood damage survey with anyone you know with flood damage to a home, car, business or other property.
Thousands of people in our community have decided to wear “Together Baton Rouge” pins for the next month, as a small symbol of our commitment to face this time of crisis TOGETHER as a community.
The idea started when General Russel Honoré appeared on CNN and MSNBC wearing his pin.
To order Together BR pins or car magnets, CLICK HERE.
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