The devastation is unreal.
  1. If you know of someone affected by the historic flooding, URGE them to register their damage as soon as possible with FEMA at
    Many victims were not in "flood zones" and did not have flood insurance. In order to get a disaster declaration that will trigger FEMA assistance, reports of damage must be collected.
  2. Donate to the American Red Cross via text message:
    Text LAFLOODS to 90999. With one text you can donate $10, or go online to donate an amount of your choosing.
  3. Help teachers replace classroom materials that were lost in the flood (in one parish, 15 schools were flooded) by donating to this special fund set up by the Associated Professional Educators Of Louisiana:
  4. Give money to LOCAL organization Second Harvest Food Bank, where every dollar donated helps provide food and clean-up assistance to flood victims.
  5. Support the Denham Springs Animal Shelter, which was completely engulfed by the flood, by contributing to their GoFundMe account at:
  6. Register to help with cleanup.
  7. Contribute to United Way via the Greater Acadiana United Way Disaster Fund. Donate by texting FLOOD2016 to 41444.
    United Way supports programs that will provide food, counseling, and other services to flood victims.
  8. If you are in the New Orleans area, all Rouses grocery stores are accepting donations of cash and canned goods.
  9. Tell their stories. We may be in the midst of what feels like the craziest political climate in history, but none of that matters to the people down here who have five feet of water in their homes. Share pictures and updates on your social media and keep us in your thoughts.
    To quote this excellent piece in Salon, "Adele's admission that she can't dance was deemed more newsworthy than a drowning American state."
  10. Ask me who you can help and how. I know plenty of people who have had to throw every piece of their material lives away.