UNITED SIKHS Initiates Emergency Response to Louisiana Flood
Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Over the last two weeks, all of us have seen the devastation caused by the historic floods in Louisiana. This is likely the worst U.S. disaster we've experienced since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Thousands of lives have been severely impacted. Innumerable families have been evacuated and are now placed in shelters .
Residents were evacuated from their homes by National Guard when record flooding hit Louisiana.
Photo by Ted Jackson, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune
UNITED SIKHS' Emergency Response team is in Baton Rouge and has initiated their need assessment program with the Salvation Army, Red Cross, FEMA, Governor's Office, Mayor's Office, local churches and the Louisiana VOAD. Currently there is an immediate need for volunteers. Nurses, mental health consultants, doctors, construction workers are especially needed but anyone with the yearning to assist may apply.
UNITED SIKHS had a meeting with Salvation Army coordinators
including their Disaster Training Coordinator, Ross Patterson at their warehouse
    The following materials are also in dire need:
  1. Hygiene goods like toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, baby wipes, diapers, etc.
  2. Cleaning materials like clorox, mops, brooms, buckets, etc.
  3. Emergency Relief materials like bandages, alcohol, etc
If you, your gurudwara or sangat would like to assist in this effort, please feel free to write back to sikhaid@unitedsikhs.org or call us at 1-469-222-6288
According to Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards, at least 40,000 homes have suffered some damage and it is not clear how many homes are uninhabitable. UNITED SIKHS asks everyone to answer this clarion call for assistance so our neighbors may begin to experience some semblance of normalcy. Gurvinder Singh, Director Sikh Aid, said , "Not every region is equally serviced, we have seen this in Katrina and a big response is needed. All available resources are needed on deck".
You can help the children and families in Louisiana who have lost everything by making a donation to UNITED SIKHS Disaster Relief Louisiana Response.

With your support, we can provide a glimmer of hope for the families in need and help fulfill the basic needs of those whose needs are most dire. We can't do this without your support. Please give to UNITED SIKHS Disaster Relief today. Everything we are able to do is because of the tremendous response we get from our supporters. Thank you for your consistent support.
Volunteers in action buying stuff for the UNITED SIKHS Louisiana flood relief project.
How you can help -
UNITED SIKHS is currently looking for the following items - canned or non-perishable food, sports drinks, personal care items, work gloves, disposable baby diapers, baby food/formula, can openers (manual), plastic ware, paper products, blankets, disposable adult diapers, cleaning supplies, dust masks, heavy rubber kitchen gloves, flashlights and fresh batteries, non-sterile surgical gloves, mops, brooms, snow shovels, hand tools, kitchen items (new sets of pots and pans/cooking.
You can also donate for these items by clicking here.
    How to Pack Materials:
  • Pack donations so they are not damaged in transit and are easily handled.
  • Pack materials in cardboard cartons. Fill each carton with the same kind of item; mark it clearly with a large marker or other method, such as large paper labels.
  • Organize canned goods by type. Use cartons of small to medium sizes so they are manageable.
  • Maximum weight should not exceed 30 pounds. Be careful not to overfill cartons.
  • Pack cartons in trucks so they will not be easily crushed in transit.
  • Palletized, shrink-wrapped loads are preferred.
    Destination: Please ship to Dashmesh Darbar Sahib - 1803 Merganser St., Lake Charles, LA 70615

Volunteers on the ground: We urge everyone to continue to use caution in areas where floodwaters remain. Monitor the DOTD's at www.511la.org website for updated road information.
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Yours respectfully , 
Jatinder Singh
National Sikh Aid Director, UNITED SIKHS
T: 1-646-688-3525
E: sikhaid@unitedsikhs.org | contact@unitedsikhs.org

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