YP Supports Disaster Relief for the Baton Rouge Floods
The worst natural disaster in the US since 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, the flooding in Louisiana has devastated many people, including several of our team members and customers in the area, as well as their communities. The storm and its flooding have damaged an estimated 60,000 homes, as well as restaurants and other businesses, and forced thousands to seek temporary housing. More than 1,000 Red Cross workers are in Louisiana, focusing their efforts on providing shelter, food, and emotional support to thousands of families in dozens of shelters across the state. The relief operation now underway is anticipated to cost at least $30 million.
Help the victims in Louisiana by donating to the Red Cross today.
“Our thoughts go out to the victims and volunteers who are battling the severe flood damage in Louisiana. We had to close the YP Baton Rouge office for three days last week. Although all of the 30 team members in our office were affected in some way, several were significantly impacted by the storms and subsequent flooding. YP is working with these team members directly to help them with their immediate needs.”
– Rick White, Executive Market Manager at YP℠
YP is proud to support the response and recovery efforts of the American Red Cross, and we are committed to serving the communities devastated by this terrible disaster. To help with the recovery, YP worked with the Red Cross to set up a site that will accept team members’ donations toward the cause. We will keep you updated on how Baton Rouge manages through this catastrophe.
US Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore (Ret.), who was the Joint Katrina Task Force commander, said this flood has taken out an estimated 7,300 local businesses in the flood zone. “People are not going to go to work there today because they have nothing to sell and they can’t do business and about 60 percent of our people here work in small businesses so it has a cascading effect,” Honore told the FOX Business Network’s Sandra Smith. Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon estimates that only about 30 percent of business owners are insured against flood damage.
President Barack Obama has declared East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes major disaster areas, making federal assistance available to those in need. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing economic disaster injury loans to qualified small businesses and most non-profit organizations in declared disaster areas that have suffered economic injury, regardless of physical damage; and is also opening a Business Recovery Center in Walker, LA to provide a wide-range of services. The SBA has already issued more than 57,000 applications to homeowners and businesses. President Obama will visit Baton Rouge on Tues., Aug. 23 to get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods and reassure the people of Louisiana that the American people will be with them as they rebuild.
To support the disaster relief efforts, donate to the Red Cross today.
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