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Donate To Help the People of Louisiana through Aidmatrix

BATON ROUGE, La. – The devastation caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike across
Louisiana is the worst since the concentrated devastation from Hurricanes Rita and
Katrina. Communities and towns across the southern half of Louisiana are still
without power and in need of food, water and building supplies.  Since Gustav and
Ike passed, nonprofits and faith-based organizations have been working alongside
state and federal officials to bring relief and comfort to the affected citizens.
To help these organizations meet growing critical needs, the state has established,
through the Aidmatrix Foundation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a donations’ Web site at  It connects donations directly to people in need through Emergency Managers, Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LA VOAD), National VOAD, and FEMA. 
“Please donate your time and money to aid in the recovery efforts,” said Mike
Manning, President of LA VOAD. 
The Aidmatrix Foundation points out that during times of disaster cash donations
allow nonprofits to quickly purchase the supplies they need. The donations portal
lists 58 VOAD charities accepting cash donations to benefit Louisiana victims.
The site also lists needs of VOAD organizations, the quantities needed and the need
priority.  Baby formula, diapers, water, ice and canned goods are urgently needed.
Manning said, “By helping donors target their giving to meet the greatest need,
Aidmatrix minimizes the problems caused by well-meaning donations of items that are
not needed.”
The Aidmatrix Network is a national disaster relief coordination system funded by
FEMA, The UPS Foundation, Accenture, and the Aidmatrix Foundation, Inc. to manage
unsolicited donations and volunteers.
For the latest information on the recovery from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, visit


Volunteers Needed for Hurricane Gustav Response
Baton Rouge - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals-Office of Public Health (DHH-OPH) is seeking volunteers to help in pre and post-storm emergency activities.
Those interested in assisting are asked to sign up with Louisiana Volunteers in Action (LAVA), the DHH's volunteer management program. Prospective volunteers should register at DHH-OPH volunteer coordinators will then call registered volunteers with information on when and where to report.
Volunteers don't have to be medical professionals. DHH-OPH officials are asking anyone who registers to be ready to assist. Those who register may be assigned to help at a Medical Special Needs Shelter or at t! he state's bus triage operation. Non-medical volunteers may be asked to feed patients or perform clerical tasks. Medical volunteers will be involved in direct patient care.
According to OPH Assistant Secretary M. Rony Francois, M.D., MSPH, Ph.D, "Volunteers are the backbone of our response to emergencies like hurricanes. Louisiana could not have made it through the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita without the dedication and selfless service of volunteers." Following the 2005 hurricanes, more than 8,500 volunteers assisted DHH and the storm victims.
The LAVA web site was launched in December 2007 to recruit and train volunteers to assist in responding to state emergencies.
For the latest on Hurricane Gustav, you can visit or call the state's emergency hotline at 1-866-288-2484 to listen to a recorded message with the most up-to-date information.

Red Cross Offering "Safe and Well" Internet Registry for Storm Evacuees

Baton Rouge -The American Red Cross encourages all Hurricane Gustav evacuees to register online to post a "Safe and Well" message at The Safe and Well website is designed to help concerned family and friends check on the well-being of a loved one affected by a disaster. Evacuees can post first and last name, an "As of Date," and the "safe and well" message selected. Safe and Well is available in Spanish, and users who speak other languages can register by calling 866-GET-INFO and a Call Agent will connect the caller to AT&T's language line for translation. Registration for the hearing impaired can be supported by dialing the TTY number. For the latest on Hurricane Gustav, you can visit or call the state's emergency hotline at 1-866-288-2484 to listen to a recorded message with the most up-to-date information.




KANE Request Line:
(337) 367-1240

KANE Business Line:
(337) 365-3434


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