BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Volunteers with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are helping with recovery efforts following Hurricane Ida. Over 2,000 Helping Hands volunteers are stationed at command centers in Slidell, Hammond, and Gonzales.
“They camp, they come all self-contained with all their own supplies, food, gasoline,” said Stake President Mike Dohm.
Helping Hands Disaster Relief uses a software called Crisis Clean Up to survey the need in the area, volunteers clear debris, perform flood damage mitigation, and lay tarp roofs for those with home damage.
“We can then see it populated on a map, we can see all the work orders on this map and then we can claim those work orders,” said Dohm.
For years Helping Hands volunteers have helped people whose lives have been affected by natural disasters and other emergencies, volunteers were well prepared to serve ahead of Ida.
“We stage supplies before the storm even hits in regional store houses,” said Welfare Specialist Michael Lavoie.
Supplies included chainsaws, wheelbarrows, hygiene kits, water and other tools needed to aid victims of the storm. Dohm said the many of the volunteers are a way long ways from but they do what they do to be a blessing to others.
If you need assistance with damage from Hurricane Ida call: 1-844-965-1386
All services are free, but due to an overwhelming need service is not guaranteed. The hotline will remain open through Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.