NSU disaster relief trip postponed


NATCHITOCHES – A team of Northwestern State University volunteers will postpone a disaster relief trip planned to southeast Texas that was slated for this weekend. According to Dr. Curt Phifer, organizer of the initiative, continued rains and flooding created logistics issues for the relief effort, but he plans to reschedule for Sept. 8-10.

Operation Blessing, the agency with which Phifer is working, has not been able to establish a command center in the area, he explained.

“I know our NSU students are disappointed they will not be able to reach out to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  This would have been a very moving experience for them,” said Phifer, who organized a similar relief trip to south Louisiana during the August 2016 flood. “I have contacted the students and recommended they reach out locally to people in need.  I also suggested the possibility of doing recovery work in Texas next weekend and I am already getting responses saying they are interested.”

Anyone interested in participating in next week’s disaster relief trip or offering financial support can contact Phifer at phifer@nsula.edu.