More than two dozen American Red Cross volunteers from eastern Pennsylvania are assisting with recovery efforts in flood-stricken Louisiana, the agency says.
The scope of the disaster is overwhelming: 13 people confirmed killed, an estimated 40,000 homes damaged and more than 30,000 people and 1,400 animals rescued.
For volunteer Bill Slotter, the focus on assistance starts with sheltering those displaced, and feeding them. Next comes distributing cleaning supplies to begin restoring some semblance of the life residents enjoyed before torrential rains started a week ago.
“We’re still primarily in a phase of dealing with sheltering, making sure that the people who don’t have a home to go back to have shelter,” Slotter, of Quakertown, said in a phone interview Thursday evening from Madisonville, Louisiana.
Red Cross volunteers are partnering in their efforts with organizations including Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, the NAACP, Islamic Relief USA, Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services, Save the Children, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
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