The federal government has declared a major disaster in 20 Louisiana parishes following days of torrential rains that caused devastating floods in the state. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy reports at least six deaths have been attributed to the flooding, more than 20,000 people have been evacuated and 12,000 are currently in shelters.
In our experience with disaster recovery, we have learned the majority of initial funding following a disaster often targets immediate relief efforts. Disaster events such as the historic flooding in Louisiana will create many long-term recovery needs including mental and physical health issues for months and even years. If you would like to contribute to help in the recovery efforts for Louisiana, following are charitable funds providing support for both early relief and long-term recovery efforts.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Gulf Coast Resilience Innovation Fund will support mid- and long-term recovery for those affected by the Louisiana floods.
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Louisiana Flood Relief Fund will directly support nonprofits that are responding to the disaster in Louisiana.
The Community Foundation of Acadiana’s Disaster Response Fund will work closely with federal, state and local agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and churches to benefit those affected by August’s historic rains and devastating floods in south Louisiana.