***FLOOD ASSISTANCE FOR SOUTH LOUISIANA*** Some folks have asked how best to send assistance to those affected by the devastating floods in South Louisiana. In these situations, it is almost always best to send cash donations or gift cards (e.g., Wal-Mart) because they can be most easily handled and distributed, and used to meet immediate needs. Please do not send supplies, clothing, etc., unless you have identified in advance a specific need and destination.
The PSL office sustained significant damage in the 2016 Flood of Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. We are currently in transition to our temporary office site at The Church of the Way Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge. Our goal is to be fully functioning by September 1, 2016. Our phone system is receiving calls and you can leave voicemail which is checked throughout the day. (225) 275-1242 We have access to all email, however response time may be a little delayed. Thank you for your patience during this time!
In response to the devastation caused by flooding throughout south Louisiana, PSL has hired a Flood Recovery Coordinator, The Rev. Crawford Brubaker. If you have needs caused from flood damage or you have resources you would like to donate or you would like to volunteer, please contact Crawford at Pslfloodrecovery@gmail.com .
The website also includes a system for making direct cash donations online.
Disaster Assistance Training Videos Over the past year, Mission Presbytery has been the target of multiple natural disasters—fires, floods, tornados and straight-line winds. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, thousands more damaged, and thousands of families have been affected. If you live in our near one of the many affected areas, you may be helping with relief and recovery activities, or you may be providing emotional and spiritual support for disaster survivors. Your church may be in a position to assist with disaster recovery efforts by providing housing or other support for volunteers engaged in disaster assistance. I particularly recommend these examples for anyone involved:
Dealing with folks whose lives have been devastated by disaster is a special challenge. Sometimes the most important thing you can do is to be a supportive listener. If you find yourself in such a situation—or even think you may—please invest just ten minutes of your time in watching “Ministry of Presence.”_ For a useful reference tool, download the companion brochure by the same name.
Providing any kind of volunteer services after a disaster is stressful in itself. If you are doing such work, please watch “Self Care for Volunteers.”
If you would like more information, please contact: Alan W. Ford, Acting Disaster Preparedness Coordinator 512-217-5550 Fax 512-321-4132 firstname.lastname@example.org