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By acting collectively, together we can have a far greater impact on Louisiana's recovery. Please join us in supporting the victims of the deadly Louisiana floods by donating to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy's Gulf Coast Resilience Innovation Fund.
On Sunday, August 14, President Obama declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding. The federal disaster declaration comes after Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency across Louisiana this past weekend.
But we know federal and state government aid won't be enough. Our charitable contributions are also necessary to reach the thousands of people now without homes.
Torrential rains have prompted historic flooding and some areas of the state experienced twenty inches of rain in only 24 hours. The banks of fifteen rivers across the state are swollen causing massive flooding.
Several deaths have been attributed to the flooding, tens of thousands of people have been evacuated, and thousands are currently in shelters. More than 40,000 homes and businesses are without power and Louisiana State University has shuttered its doors as a result of flooding on the campus.
CDP will allocate your contributions for mid- and long-term recovery. Why?
While the flooding in Louisiana and the numbers of affected individuals and communities will continue to change over the coming days and weeks, we know several things about helping after catastrophic flooding events. We know that schools, homes, and community infrastructure will suffer tremendous damage; families and individuals will be displaced from their homes longer than anticipated; and the lives and livelihoods of our fellow citizens will be impacted for many months to come. And we know that non-governmental organizations working to answer the call will require tremendous additional support to work in disaster affected communities.
CDP'S Gulf Coast Resilience Innovation Fund was established in 2015 through a lead gift from the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation on the tenth anniversary of Katrina in honor of the many donors who contributed over time to the recovery of the Gulf. It is designed to help donors collaborate and support projects throughout the life cycle of disasters, in particular helping communities better plan and prepare for disasters, supporting those working with vulnerable populations, and identifying innovative, replicable, and sustainable solutions.