Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge offers these tips for helping after disaster

Baton Rouge—After any disaster, the phones at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) start ringing. The staff at the agency brace for the calls from people wanting to help as news of the destruction unfolds.

“We aren’t surprised that people in Louisiana want to help” said David Aguillard, CCDBR Executive Director. “The people of South Louisiana are traditionally known for being some of the most generous in the country. Since the outpouring of support for the state after Hurricane Katrina, that tradition grew even stronger.”

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Disaster Recovery Director: Lisa Lee

Disaster Case Management Supervisor: CJ Roy

Assists individuals, families and communities affected by disaster with services including early response services, mental health counseling, case management to develop family recovery plans and emergency assistance. Also coordinates disaster preparedness and response policies for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) initiated its Incident Management Plan to respond to the floods inundating our Diocese. The group is asking for cash donations to help meet those needs. 

"While the exact role and activities will vary and be unique to each disaster,” said David Aguillard, CCDBR Executive Director, "we focus on filling gaps in existing services, primarily for the most vulnerable populations and those with the greatest needs.”

At this time, the Disaster Operations staff are contacting entities within the affected parishes, churches, GOHSEP, and VOAD, identifying special needs populations and finding where gaps in services might exist. From there the agency will develop a plan of action for their response in the initial relief stage of the disaster.  Once the damages are assessed, they’ll start preparing for the recovery phase of the disaster. 

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