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August 31, 2016



Maybe it's time to rethink that government is not the solution to solve all problems. Local efforts, especially faith based entities who know the people and territory, are the best resource. Use to be that way and from your article Paul, seems to still works better.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

This is the only experience of this kind I've ever had. I want to learn how they managed to organize so swiftly and effectively.

I visited Our Savior's Church yesterday Sunday morning since I was in Lafayette for the Festival Acadiens et Creole. I talked with one of my former crew chiefs, Bryan Rhinehart, who says they are still rebuilding but not gutting houses because of the mold risk to volunteers. Check the downloadable "Road To Recovery" that home owners need to fill out to apply for assistance.

Below is part of a FEMA announcement from August 23, 2016.

To your point, they are working with scores of voluntary agencies including churches.https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/08/23/federal-support-louisiana-continues-127-million-financial-assistance

"The Voluntary Agency Liaisons in FEMA are working closely with more than 47 voluntary agencies in Louisiana. Most of the current efforts are in cleanup, feeding, and sheltering, but as recovery progresses, the additional need for resources will be evaluated. FEMA works with a large network of voluntary agencies, both nationally and locally, to help connect resources with survivors who have disaster-caused unmet needs. Those interested in assisting with the relief efforts should contact their local voluntary agency to find the best method to assist or log on to the state's website at www.volunteerlouisiana.gov. "


Well done. Your writing on this disaster is so moving. I think you must be responsible for multiple donations from across the country. Your work with them has impressed me so much.


Good of you to take the time to help and tell the story.

May Louise White

Such an inspiring article

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Thanks, May Louise. To this day, I feel that coming down to do the work was one of the most rewarding things Ive done in my life and it all started, and continues, with music, dancing, and most of all, people like you who’ve made me feel so welcome in Lafayette.

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