Teams with the Acadiana chapter of the American Red Cross continue conducting damage assessments in areas affected by the January storm. Volunteers headed to areas in multiple parishes, and said the biggest needs are in Acadia, St. Landry and Evangeline. George Gauthier, who has been with Red Cross for 11 years, said this response phase is of extreme importance.
“Red Cross takes all of this information and processes it. They see what people's needs are what is the best way we can respond to that need.”
The information will be used by Acadiana Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters, or VOAD, when long-term recovery begins.
While gathering information, volunteers gave citizens clean up kits and snacks to help with morale.
“It's to let people know that we are concerned about them,” Gauthier explained. “It makes people feel a little better, because it's something they received with no stings tied to it.”
Gauthier and his wife, Nell, assessed damage in Crowley, Egan and Opelousas on Thursday. Officials with Red Cross will continue to visit homeowners throughout Acadiana. To report damage to Red Cross, or to donate, visit www.redcross.org, or call (337) 234-7371.