Thoughts and prayers are on all our minds of friends and neighbors impacted by the historic flood. We were very fortunate to have been spared the horrific rainfall that Tangipahoa, Livingston, East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parishes received and the subsequent flooding that has driven so many from their homes and businesses.
We have received phone calls and emails from chamber friends across the country. So please know that if you were affected, people do care, not just locally, but across the nation. There are numerous efforts to help in numerous ways from providing supplies, to financial donations, to volunteers coming down to help rebuild homes and businesses.
On the local front, action is being taken by many business owners and civic leaders to help out our neighbors to the west. We were among the attendees at a press conference announcing a parish-wide initiative called STPCares — Community Flood Response. This collective response effort will pool resources to help those affected to recover faster and stronger than they would by isolated efforts. It offers all citizens of St. Tammany a clearinghouse of trusted resources from which to donate and volunteer to help our neighbors so severely impacted by this historic flood.
Officials from our Parish Government, our Public Schools, our Coroner’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Economic Development Foundation, the East Chamber, the Homebuilder’s Association, the Northshore Business Council, the Northshore Community Foundation, and several other agencies, were on-hand to pledge participation and support of this unified effort which will be managed by our former Parish President Kevin Davis, also the former Director of the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
“While in a Bible study, we started talking about our community and our residents coupled with surrounding communities, and we knew we had to offer help,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We, as Louisianans, do not sit idly by as our neighbors struggle. When we are faced with this level of destruction and loss, our people seek to lighten the burden when we can. We step in if we are able, and those of us who were spared, help the broken become whole again.”
The St. Tammany Parish Public School System is providing office space and administrative help to STPCares while it is in operation. Partnerships and aide could include: shared manpower, use of Parish facilities and resources, temporary housing and monetary help.
As a business owner, how can you and your employees help? In the coming weeks, there will be a desperate need for housing and office space for our neighbors. If you have space available, please contact Kevin Davis at the email address above.
We all want our neighbors to know that #stpcares.