The Red Cross Disaster Relief Team, T-Johnny’s Seafood of Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Army National Guard, Natchitoches Parish Fire District#1, Natchitoches Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness along with volunteer community members teamed up to assist communities in south Natchitoches Parish effected by Hurricane Laura according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
Point of Distribution Locations had already been organized at Lakeview High School in north Natchitoches Parish and Natchitoches Central High School in central Natchitoches Parish for distribution of water, ice and meals ready to eat (MREs).
Natchitoches Parish was under a heat advisory today. Much of south Natchitoches Parish remains without electricity and received significant damage to trees, utility poles, lines and also some structural damage to residences, vehicles and outbuilding according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“We felt we had to reach out and help the communities in south Natchitoches Parish,” said to Deputy Mary Jones, Asst. Director of the Natchitoches Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
T-Johnny’s Seafood of Natchitoches was the first we contacted and they were more than happy to assist by providing us with a refrigerated truck to transport ice to the communities of Marco, Cloutierville and Gorum. The Red Cross Disaster Relief Team sent members along with a rental truck full of supplies consisting of cleaning materials, flashlights, batteries, hand sanitizer, shovels, clorox, washing detergent, garbage bags and other essential items to aid community members in the clean up process.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church offered their parking lot as a distribution point.
This morning, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies along with assistance from the Louisiana Army National Guard, Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #1 and volunteer community members began the process of handing out ice provided by La. GOHSEP to the Marco community.
Deputies, La. Army National Guard, Natchitoches Fire District #1 were treated to a purple hull peas and rice lunch prepared by Beverly Lavespere.
Deputies, National Guard, Fire District #1 and Marco community members traveled to Cloutierville and met with the Red Cross Disaster Relief Team where supplies were handed out to community members.
Over 100 people showed up to receive supplies to assist in the clean up process.
Deputies, National Guard and Fire District #1 members then traveled to the Gorum community to distribute ice in that area.
We would like to thank the Red Cross Disaster Relief Team, T-Johnny’s Seafood of Natchitoches along with La. GOHSEP, Louisisna Army National Guard, Natchitoches Parish Fire District #1 and all of the volunteer community members that assisted us today in reaching out and helping our parish and community members that have been impacted by Hurricane Laura.
Thank you all. FEMA represenatives are now in Natchitoches Parish conducting damage assessments. Apply for Disaster Assistance by calling 1-800-631-FEMA(3362) or apply online at: www.disasterassistance.gov