Disaster Preparation and Response News

Facebook Posts: Hurricane Preparedness Week 2018

May 14-18 was the week we prepared for the upcoming hurricane season. While the season officially begins June 1, we have already seen a named storm develop in the Gulf of Mexico. Please take the time now to prepare your home, family, and church. Scroll down below to view a roundup of posts shared on our […]

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Episcopalians labor on to help Hurricane Harvey-hit Gulf Coast

Volunteers at Trinity by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Port Aransas, Texas, sort donations on Aug. 31. The church is serving as a staging ground for recovery workers in the town that is near where Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Photo: Jennifer Wickham via Facebook [Episcopal News Service] The rest of the United States might be headed into […]

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Hurricane Harvey: Help our neighbors know they are remembered

Dear Sisters and Brothers, As I write to you I am full of grief for our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana. The unimaginable continues to engulf the dioceses of Texas and West Texas. The photos and news briefs paint such a picture that words truly can’t do justice to the destruction Hurricane Harvey […]

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What to Do When a Disaster Strikes

by Deacon Elaine Clements, Diocesan Disaster Coordinator Here are some reminders about what to do when disaster strikes that we hope you will take to heart and share with your friends and relatives.   Do not self-deploy as a volunteer to a disaster area. We know you want to help, but food, water, shelter, and […]

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Facebook Post Roundup: Trinity Loaves and Fishes Helps with Tornado Relief in New Orleans

Helping those affected by the recent tornado; doing the original mission of Loaves & Fishes. Posted by Trinity Loaves and Fishes on Thursday, February 9, 2017 Loaves and Fishes feeding those affected by the tornadoes. Team Rubicon is a team of retired veterans volunteering gutting homes. #TeamRubicon Posted by Trinity Episcopal Church New Orleans on Thursday, February […]

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Flood Recovery Five Months Later

by Deacon Elaine Clements, Diocesan Disaster Coordinator Deacon Elaine Clements reflects on the flood relief and recovery in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana five months after the devastating floods of August 2016. The single mom had three children and another on the way when she lost her home in the flooding in Louisiana in August […]

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Mission Stories from the 179th Annual Convention: Flood Recovery in the Diocese

Flood Recovery- Working Towards the New Normal The flood recovery video presented to Convention on Friday, November 4. Part 1: Working Towards the New Normal – Interview with Bishop Thompson on impact of the flood on the diocese and Louisiana, impact of the flood on St. Patrick’s, Zachary; Rev. Mark Holland on the impact of […]

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Episcopalians and the Jazz Community Work to Gut Flooded Homes

On Saturday, September 24, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, WWOZ Radio, St. Anna’s, St. Paul’s. and the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana organized a team of over 60 people to gut eight flood-damaged homes in Baker, Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, and Zachary. Parishioners from all across the diocese joined the volunteers from the New […]

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Jazz & Heritage Foundation hosts volunteer day to gut houses for flood victims | OffBeat Magazine

SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 by: MARY GRACI The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, in partnership with WWOZ, are hosting a Community Day of Service where volunteers will help gut houses for victims of the recent floods in the Baton Rouge area. The volunteer day will take place on Saturday, September 24 beginning at 7 a.m. Also […]

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Facebook Post Roundup: Flood Relief Sep 6-15, 2016

A collection of flood relief related Facebook posts dated September 6-15 from the churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. Posted by The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on Wednesday, September 7, 2016   Posted by The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on Wednesday, September 7, 2016   Posted by The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on Thursday, September 8, 2016 […]

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Facebook Post Roundup: Flood Relief Sep 1-5, 2016

A collection of flood relief related Facebook posts dated September 1-5 from the churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana.   The Storm is Passing Over, Hallelujah! Episcopal Open House is just around the corner and This is a Classroom! https://www.episcopalbr.org/admission.html Posted by Episcopal School of Baton Rouge on Thursday, September 1, 2016   St. […]

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A Message from the Flood Relief Coordinator

Dear friends, I know some church and deanery teams came out to Baton Rouge and Denham Springs this last weekend to continue gutting and treating homes. Thank you very much. Please continue to inspire your churches and deaneries to partner in this important work. I am in constant communication with Together Baton Rouge and have […]

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Flood Relief: Facebook Post Roundup August 28-31, 2016

A collection of Facebook posts (August 28-31) from the churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana regarding flood relief in Louisiana.   Posted by The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on Sunday, August 28, 2016   Posted by The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on Monday, August 29, 2016   Posted by The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on Monday, August […]

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Flood Recovery Update for Sep 1 ; Work Day Photographs – Aug 27

People from all across the diocese are working to gut and clean the estimated 146,000 houses damaged in the flooding that occurred early this month in southeast Louisiana. Of the 64 parishes in Louisiana, 20 have a disaster declaration. The cleanup is a big project but many hands are coming together to help, including our […]

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Churches rally to assist flooded Louisiana | Church Times

The dioceses of Louisiana and Western Louisiana are helping to co-ordinate recovery-operations, and were urging people to donate money rather than second-hand goods to the relief effort. Karen Mackey from the diocese of Louisiana said: “The churches in our diocese are doing a phenomenal job in responding to the flood. We in Louisiana have become […]

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‘Please, Please, I Can’t Stay Here No More’ | The American Conservative

My friend Father Peter Kang from Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville wrote this beautiful tribute to Grace’s pastor, Father Roman Roldan, pictured above. Here’s what he said: Read article here: ‘Please, Please, I Can’t Stay Here No More’ | The American Conservative

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Flood Recedes, Ecumenism Rises | The Living Church

Clergy in Louisiana have stepped across denominational lines to bring people together in prayer and hope. Read the article here: Flood Recedes, Ecumenism Rises – The Living Church

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Flood Relief: Facebook Post Roundup August 25-27, 2016

A collection of Facebook posts (August 25-27) from the churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana regarding flood relief in Louisiana.   Posted by The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on Friday, August 26, 2016   Posted by The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on Friday, August 26, 2016   Our churches are showing what it means to be […]

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Flood Relief: Facebook Post Roundup August 23-24, 2016

A collection of Facebook posts (August 23-24) from the churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana regarding flood relief in Louisiana.   Posted by The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on Tuesday, August 23, 2016   Your help is appreciated. Recovery from the Louisiana floods will take some time, but we are resilient and with God's… Posted […]

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Flood Relief: Facebook Post Roundup August 21-22, 2016

A collection of Facebook posts (August 21-22) from the churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana regarding flood relief in Louisiana.   A look at what our churches are doing to provide assistance with flood recovery: Posted by The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on Sunday, August 21, 2016   St, Francis in Denham Springs gutted and […]

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BRPD Drive a Success | St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, LA

BRPD Drive a Success In partnership with Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Luke’s recently asked for donations for the Baton Rouge Police Department officers who were themselves flood victims, and the result was a success that boosted morale for so many. In an uplifting display of support, community members packed Witter Hall at St. Luke’s on Saturday, […]

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Note from the Flood Response Coordinator ; Vital Information for Volunteer Groups

A special note to all volunteer teams going to work this Saturday in Baton Rouge, St. Francisville, and Denham Springs, etc. Please call or email Fr. Roman Roldan (frroldan@gmail.com or at 225-245-2979) to let him know when and where you will be working. Also, please review the forms and protocol found below and have all volunteers fill […]

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West Feliciana Parish flood recovery efforts underway | The Advocate

An outpouring of support has helped West Feliciana Parish residents impacted by the severe weather and flooding on Aug. 12-13 begin the process of trying to restore their lives. She said the Sunday after the storms, groups of community leaders and volunteers put together a plan to assess the food, clothing and shelter needs. First […]

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Changes in Flood Response Team

Dear friends, First of all, I want to extend my deepest thanks for the ministry that you continue to provide to the survivors of the recent floods. As your bishop, I am so grateful to walk through this time with you as we do our best to meet the needs of those who have lost […]

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Flood Relief: Facebook Post Roundup August 18-20, 2016

A collection of Facebook posts (August 18-20) from the churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana regarding flood relief in Louisiana. We have a growing list of resources on our website for those who want to help and those who are seeking help. The most… Posted by The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on Thursday, August 18, […]

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Episcopal School of Baton Rouge August 19 Update

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August 19 Flood Recovery Update

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, I am sharing with you the work of our churches and my staff in responding to the devastating floods that ravaged parts of our diocese this week. I am very proud of you and the work you are doing in God’s name to serve those whose lives have been […]

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Episcopal School of Baton Rouge August 18 Update

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Flooding in Louisiana – Assisting at The Right Time

I am hearing from church leaders around the country that they are eager and ready to volunteer in Louisiana. I am so moved and grateful to see how willing The Episcopal Church is to serve in this way, and I want to be sure that our folks are helping in the most effective ways that […]

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Flood Relief: Facebook Post Roundup August 15-17, 2016

A collection of Facebook posts from the churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on flood relief for August 15-17.   Pastoral Letter from Bishop Thompson on the flooding in the diocese; Ways you can assist in relief efforts. Posted by The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on Monday, August 15, 2016   August 15 update from […]

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Episcopal Relief & Development supports Louisiana dioceses in flood response

[Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana’s emergency response efforts in the wake of widespread flooding that has affected more than 40,000 homes across the state. Some areas received more than 24 inches of rain, with record precipitation of up to 30 inches around Baton […]

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August 16 Update on the Flooding of Episcopal School of Baton Rouge

Update on the flooding of Episcopal School of Baton Rouge from Head of School, Hugh McIntosh:

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Gulf Coast Episcopal Dioceses Respond to Severe Flooding | Episcopal Relief and Development

August 16, 2016 Episcopal Relief & Development is in contact with diocesan leaders along the Gulf Coast who are coordinating flood response efforts after several days of heavy rainfall across the region. According to FEMA, the slow-moving storm brought 10-20 inches of rain to Louisiana and the surrounding states beginning August 11, and flooding continues […]

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Fr. Roman Roldan’s Blog: Observations of a Disaster Volunteer

by the Very Rev. Dr. Roman Roldan, Rector, Grace Church, St. Francisville, & Dean of the Baton Rouge Deanery- Sunday, August 14, 2016, 9:00 AM: Twitter and Facebook announces that Celtic Studios in Baton Rouge has opened Stage 7 as a temporary shelter and they are expecting 600 people by the end of the day. […]

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August 15 Update on the Flooding of Episcopal School of Baton Rouge

High McIntosh reports on the flooding of Episcopal School of Baton Rouge:

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Louisiana bishop’s pastoral letter on Baton Rouge flooding

[Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana]  Dear friends, In the wake of the flooding in the Baton Rouge area, I wanted to touch base with you to let you know where we stand as a diocese.  Over the weekend, I was in regular contact with many of our congregations and clergy.  As you know, the severity and […]

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Pastoral Letter on the Flooding in the Diocese; Ways to Assist in Relief Efforts

Dear friends, In the wake of the flooding in the Baton Rouge area, I wanted to touch base with you to let you know where we stand as a diocese.  Over the weekend, I was in regular contact with many of our congregations and clergy.  As you know, the severity and speed of this storm […]

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Flood Relief: Facebook Post Roundup August 12-14, 2016

A collection of Facebook posts from the churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on flood relief and information for August 13 -14.   Please keep in your thoughts and prayers all those who are affected by the storms moving through our area today…. Posted by The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana on Friday, August 12, 2016 […]

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Talking Disaster Preparedness with WRBH Radio

On the first day of Hurricane Season, Karen Mackey, Communication Coordinator of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, talks with Lyn Koppel of WRBH Radio in New Orleans about disaster preparedness and Episcopal Relief and Development’s “A Season Resilience”. Listen here:   [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/267117460″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

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Preparing for Hurricane Season 2016 (Week 5) – Things to do the First Week of June

Ready or not…hurricane season is officially starting this week (June 1). In the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana we are in week five of Episcopal Relief and Development’s “A Season of Resilience”. What we like about this program is that it breaks down the three key points of  preparedness (make a plan, be informed, build a kit) […]

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What You Can Do: Four Key Prevention Messages from the Zika Taskforce | Episcopal Relief and Development

Across the US, Episcopalians are gearing up for summer activities. But this summer, with concerns about the Zika virus moving north into the continental US, new questions are popping up. Responding to these concerns, Episcopal Relief & Development assembled a taskforce of experts to create a resource that would help Episcopal churches in the United […]

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Preparing for Hurricane Season 2016 – Things to do the Fourth Week of May

Last week, the National Hurricane Center, during National Hurricane Preparedness Week, ran a series of informative articles that went into great detail on how to protect your home and to keep yourself and your family  safe before, during, and after a hurricane. You can read the National Hurricane Preparedness Week blog posts series here: https://noaanhc.wordpress.com/ In the Episcopal […]

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Things to Know: Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 15-21, 2016) with the National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center talks about hurricanes and things to do reduce risk and safeguard life. May 15-21 is Hurricane Preparedness Week. Click each graphic to learn more and read the associated blog post on Inside the Eye, the official blog of the National Hurricane Center.                  

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Preparing for Hurricane Season 2016 – Things to Do the Third Week of May

June 1 is the official start of hurricane season.  Are you prepared?  There are three key points of any preparedness program: Make a plan – Know what are you going to do when a disaster strikes. Be informed – How are you going to receive information before, during, and after a disaster? Build a kit – Have […]

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Preparing for Hurricane Season 2016 – Things to do the Second Week of May

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Preparing for Hurricane Season 2016 – Things to Do the First Week of May

Episcopal Relief and Development’s “A Season of Resilience” is a new resource designed to encourage individuals and families to practice disaster preparedness in small steps. Each week for five weeks, folks are asked to take on small tasks or small purchases to build up their emergency kits. Every bit helps in disaster preparedness. Source: Lamplight Issue […]

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Episcopal Relief & Development partners with Louisiana dioceses on storm response

[Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the response efforts of the Episcopal dioceses of Louisiana and Western Louisiana following storms that knocked out power and caused widespread flooding across the state. Both dioceses are working through local churches and community ministries to care for vulnerable people and assist with […]

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Pastoral note on the flooding in Louisiana

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Please continue to keep in your prayers all those across the south who are suffering from the flooding caused by the torrential rainstorm this past Thursday and Friday. The rivers and creeks are still rising and the danger is not over yet. At this time, none of our churches suffered damage from […]

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Giving Thanks to the Community of Episcopalians in the Recovery Efforts of the Hurricanes of ’05

  “We give thanks for the community” is our mantra here in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana as we reflect on the 10th anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina on August 29th and Hurricane Rita on September 24. Weighing heavy on our hearts though is the grief of all the people who suffered (still suffering) unimaginable loss […]

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In the News: Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary

Source: Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS A decade after Hurricane Katrina and the floods that devastated New Orleans, some neighborhoods and communities have rebuilt, and many houses of worship have reopened their doors. Even though the work of restoring the city continues, religious leaders who were in New Orleans during the destruction see reasons […]

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