United Way of Acadiana is there for neighbors before, during and after a disaster.
Some tips to help the community as a storm approaches...
It's important to be prepared for hurricane season, and United Way of Acadiana offers the following tips to help community members develop a personalized game plan.
1. Secure your home and business.
It's important for community members to begin securing their homes and businesses from flying debris, power outages, technology back-ups, etc., in advance of any storms.
2. Pick up a Hurricane Preparedness Guide.
Maps can be picked up at United Way of Acadiana during business hours (Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon), located at 215 E. Pinhook Road.
3. Remember three important numbers during a disaster: 2-1-1.
Simply dial the three-digit number from any phone - including cell phones - and someone will assist you. These call specialists utilize a network of information from government, private and nonprofit organizations to collaborate services for people in need.
4. Download the Red Cross Mobile Hurricane app.
The Hurricane App, puts lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in or who visit hurricane prone areas. Visit www.redcross.org to download the app today.
5. Visit www.GetaGamePlan.org for additional "game plan" tips and information.
Work as a family to develop a game plan. Share this information. Reach out to seniors, the disabled, and all of your neighbors so that together we all will help spread the news of how important it is to be prepared. Find out more and download the app at www.getagameplan.org.
6. Register to serve as a disaster response volunteer.
Some ways to help the community during and after a storm ...
United Way of Acadiana, United Way of Iberia and St. Landry – Evangeline United Way have UNITED to help neighbors who need a helping hand. Disasters like hurricanes put at risk the community we love and the place so many call home. During times of disaster, we have to be ready and UNITED.
When circumstances warrant, we will activate the Greater Acadiana United Way Disaster Fund in order to leverage resources and make the greatest impact in long-term recovery efforts for community members in Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes.
The Greater Acadiana United Way Disaster Fund provides citizens, both locally and nationally, an opportunity to advance the common good in disaster-impacted parishes of southwest Louisiana. These three United Ways have a proven track record in providing solutions to disaster needs and will mobilize following immediate response efforts.