U.S. Army Retired Lt. General Honore’ talks about Red Cross disaster relief progress

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – For the past 21 days the Red Cross has been passing out personal hygiene kits and cleaning kits to families in need, and as Acadiana begins to transition into the recovery phase the Red Cross is asking for monetary donations and volunteers.

Red Cross volunteers, like Jill Bode, spent the last three weeks working tirelessly helping the community get back on its feet.

“We have about ten trucks a day that are going out into this area. We are fully loading them at night and as they come back in throughout the day,” said Bode.

Organizing disaster relief is something United States Army retired Lt. General Russel Honore’ knows all too well. He’s best known for leading the recovery efforts and military response after Hurricane Katrina.

Honore’ is on the Red Cross board. He said there are now just three flood shelters left in Acadiana, allowing the Red Cross to begin transitioning families back into the community.

“Everybody will have a place to go. We are not going to say hey you have to leave. We want to have a solution for everybody that is at the shelter and it’s going to be a better place.”

Honore’ said while Katrina came in fast, the historic flood of 2016 lingered making the recovery process very lengthy and expensive.

“We are still in need of monetary donations that might come to help us because this alone in the state of Louisiana is going to cost 30 million dollars,” said Honore’.

Bode said even when there is not a disaster the Red Cross is always available to families in need, and they accept monetary donations year round.

If you would like to make a donation or volunteer dial 1-800-RED CROSS or text LAFLOODS to 90999.

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