Louisiana Sends Emergency Response Teams To Puerto Rico, Starts Statewide Donation Drive



BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana is sending hundreds of its National Guard troops and emergency response officials to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to help with recovery from hurricanes Irma and Maria.

         In Puerto Rico, 167 members of a Louisiana Army National Guard engineer company are helping with water infrastructure repairs. Another group of 163 military police officers will assist with security. They'll be on the island for 30 days.

         Other Louisiana emergency responders will be working on housing plans for displaced citizens in Puerto Rico.

         In the U.S. Virgin Islands, a small group of National Guard and state homeland security staff will assist with recovery efforts for two weeks.

         Gov. John Bel Edwards' office Thursday announced the emergency responders' deployment, which is done through a state-to-state compact established in 1996.

         Louisiana is also launching a statewide donation drive to help get needed supplies to Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico.

         Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the effort Wednesday, citing Puerto Rican officials who said the island faces a humanitarian crisis without more direct assistance.

         The items sought for the donation drive are diapers, non-perishable baby formula, baby wipes, bottles and feminine care products. The items will be collected through Oct. 11.

         In Orleans Parish, collection sites include:

 

• N.O. Fire Department

2118 Elysian Fields Ave.

 

• N.O. Fire Department

5403 Read Blvd.

 

• N.O. Fire Department

2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

 

         A list of collection sites in all 64 parishes is available here

         The governor's office says other items for collection may be added in the future, but keeping the initial donation list limited will help make shipping quicker. The Louisiana Army National Guard will handle collection and transportation of the items to Puerto Rico.

 

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

  • Strictly Biz Night

    2018.06.21

    Looking to promote your business and network with local professionals? Register today for Biz New Orleans' Strictly Biz Night. Join us this month...

  • Biz Night at the Jung Hotel

    2018.06.21

    Looking to promote your business and network with local professionals? Then register today for Strictly Biz Night presented by Biz New Orleans...

  • Biz Night at The Jung

    2018.06.21

    Join Biz New Orleans at the beautiful newly re-opened Jung Hotel & Residences to swap business cards and network with local professionals. Enjoy...

  • FestiGals Women's Weekend Experience

    2018.06.21

    The 2018 FestiGals Weekend will bring women of all ages and backgrounds together for an enjoyable experience that will feature authentic New...

  • FestiGals Tricentennial Women's Day

    2018.06.22

    The Tricentennial Women's Day at Jung Hotel and Residences of the New Orleans Hotel Collection is an empowering day full of incredible women...

  • FestiGals Step Up Second-Line Parade

    2018.06.22

    Being a woman is something to celebrate! So join us in the city’s largest women’s second-line parade to STEP UP to stop domestic violence....

  • Louisiana SPCA Volunteer Orientation

    2018.06.23

    The first step to becoming a volunteer with us is to attend the Louisiana SPCA Volunteer Orientation! Our work would not be possible without the...

  • Deutsches Haus Social

    2018.06.29

    The Deutsches Haus Social on Friday, June 29, 2018 will present the New Orleans Symphony Chorus’ Beer Choir. This will be a sing-a-long with...

  • RedRover Responders Volunteer Training.

    2018.06.30

    RedRover Responders Volunteer Training: RedRover provides an emergency safety net for animals when and where they need it most. The RedRover...

  • Rock, Ride and Rescue

    2018.07.08

    Rock, Ride and Rescue is a fundraiser to support animals with special needs at the Louisiana SPCA! Join us at Rock N Bowl on July 8 from 6 - 9 p.m....

  • RUNNING OF THE BULLS KICK OFF DINNER

    2018.07.12

    Olé! Kick off Festival de San Fermin (Running of the Bulls) with this special Spanish-themed wine dinner. Enjoy a fabulous four-course dinner with...

  • Raising the Steaks

    2018.07.18

    Class up your Wednesday at the Foundation Room VIP Club at House of Blues New Orleans. The iconic venue is partnering with award-winning classical...

  • Hispanic Business Conference & Tradeshow

    2018.08.08

    The Hispanic Business Conference and Trade Show is the premiere venue for Hispanic Businesses to market their goods and services and it is the...

  • Hispanic Business Conference & Tradeshow

    2018.08.08

    The Hispanic Business Conference and Trade Show is the premiere venue for Hispanic Businesses to market their goods and services and it is the...

  • Hispanic Business Conference & Tradeshow

    2018.08.08

    The Hispanic Business Conference and Trade Show is the premiere venue for Hispanic Businesses to market their goods and services and it is the...


Show More...