“LATAN is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the American Red Cross and provide assistance of needed devices and other services to vulnerable populations affected by the flood. We believe that at about the six-month mark following a natural disaster or an event, oftentimes people feel that they are forgotten. This partnership with American Red Cross clearly illustrates that we have not forgotten them and that help is on the way to meet their needs,” said Yakima Black, LATAN President & CEO.
Additionally, in the upcoming months LATAN and its partner agencies and organizations in the Louisiana Emergency Management Disability and Aging Coalition (EMDAC), will provide emergency preparedness presentations focused on individuals with functional limitations and disabilities to organizations, agencies, caregivers, and individuals, as well as to state emergency managers. LATAN and EMDAC will also spearhead the pre-staging of assistive devices, durable medical equipment, and medical supplies in emergency shelters throughout the flood-impacted region. These preparedness activities offer yet another opportunity to address issues and resolve concerns of flood survivors, with the long-term goal of making Louisiana residents with functional limitations and disabilities more resilient and better prepared for any disaster that may strike.