This conversation is a special topic on “Blues Skies Disaster Response Session” with a goal for OneRouge coalition members to engage and register their organizations with local foundations and disaster response agencies to streamline the flow of resources to the community if/when natural disasters and future pandemics impact our City-Parish.
Enlight, Unite, & Ignite!
Lois Smyth | Director of Donor Services, Baton Rouge Area Foundation
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation unites human and financial resources to enhance the quality of life in Southern Louisiana. Created in 1964, the Foundation has one simple goal: to help philanthropists pursue their causes for bettering the lives of the people of South Louisiana. we do three things:
Serve more than 600 fund donors, who make grants to nonprofits through their charitable accounts at the Foundation
Undertake projects for civic good, such as downtown revitalization, inner-city revival, urban planning and education reform.
Support local nonprofits with strategic consulting to endure overall impact and sustainability.
Current initiatives include implementing the lakes master plan, improving mobility across the region, advocating for intercity rail between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. We are supporting the Bridge Center for Hope as it launches a crisis stabilization center for people with behavioral health challenges. The Foundation also is providing a path to better and more services for people on the autism spectrum.
Clay Rives | Director, Mayor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (MOSEP)
The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) provides the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish with a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated public safety program to ensure natural and man-made risks are reduced, emergency services delivered and consequences of events managed to provide a safe, livable and sustainable community.
MOHSEP is responsible for developing programs, emergency operation capabilities, and inter-jurisdictional agreements to prevent disasters, if possible; reducing the vulnerability of parish residents to any disaster that cannot be prevented; establishing capabilities for protecting citizens from the effects of disasters; responding effectively to the actual occurrence of disasters; and providing for recovery in the aftermath of any emergency involving extensive damage or other debilitating influence on the normal pattern of life within the community.
Utilizing the five phases of Emergency Management - Preparedness, Prevention, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery, so as to save or protect life and property during survivable crises, the MOHSEP joins with Local, State, and Federal agencies to ensure that a national emergency management awareness effort to enhance our whole community resiliency, aid our mitigation and outreach efforts throughout East Baton Rouge Parish and protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens.
John Hutson | 211 Community Impact Manager, Capital Area United Way
When people are in the middle of a crisis, they often aren't sure where to turn, and many call 211. In 2021, local 211 specialists:
Provided support for more than 949,494 callers experiencing suicidal ideation or another mental health crisis, or worried about someone else who was.
Helped more than 111,000 people get assistance related to sexual assault, domestic violence, or human trafficking.
Made more than 300,000 connections to disaster services like shelters, emergency food, evacuation assistance, and clean-up resources.
Call: 2-1-1 or 225-923-2114
Text: Your zipcode to 898-211, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. *Standard message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to opt out.
Could you speak to what BRAF, UW, and the City are doing to mitigate and reduce risk and losses in low income communities-- which as we know are most impacted by disasters?
Lois Smyth BRAF provides support to non-profits that are "on the ground". Funding opportunities for direct services are available. State programs like Medicaid expand our reach. And to ensure continuity, a disaster plan and keeping organizational information updated are imperative.
Clay Rives MOSEP works across sectors to protect the lives and property of EBR residents. What is beyond the Mayor's capacity is mitigated by the Governor's Office (GOSEP). Being plugged into this information, for instance through the Red Stick Ready app, makes a difference in time of disaster. Also we are hoping to have help from local housing leaders.
How is disaster information (shelters, evacuation, resources, etc.) distributed beyond text?
Clay Rives - We partner with radio and television providers to ensure everyone, including the elderly and people who don't use AI in ways that would make texts useful, are notified.
Are there door hangers or magnets for 211 for outreach distribution?
John Hutson - We have packets that include all the information about 211 available for distribution.
What about 225Gives?
John Hutson - I don't know all I shoudl about the program, but I can put you in touch with more well versed people. Generally speaking, 225Gives:
Helps people find, learn about, and contribute to the local causes they believe in.
Enables nonprofits to share their stories and engage the community through a unique online giving platform.
Raises awareness about regional nonprofits and the critical role they play in our communities and state.
Inspires people to give generously to nonprofits making our state stronger, creating a thriving community for all.
Your gift improves and strengthens our 10 parish Capital Region, and ultimately Louisiana, through the power of collective giving!
If it takes a year to start truly housing folk after a disaster, what do the impacted folk do until then?
Clay Rives - Remember that's for FEMA intervention. The city has stepped up to provide resources while FEMA works on getting impacted families permanently housed. We are also hoping that there will be
How can we create the museum as a safe space in case of emergency?
Clay Rives - We would be very glad to have more shelter locations. Just please be aware that a lot goes into deciding to be a shelter. The most important component is whether the bathrooms can support the volume of people for the amount of time that is needed.
In addition to hurricanes and flooding what other disasters does Baton Rouge routinely plan for?
Lois Smyth - Our role is disaster response. We offer rescue, relief, then recovery. But along the process, it is imperative that non-profits keep their information current - especially through a disaster. Additionally, if you register your non-proift with BRAF can be set up with a grants advisor. After a storm, BRAF can coordinate the response with your non-profit to issue grants much more quickly.
08:33:26 From One Rouge to Everyone: Good morning, ORC Fam! 08:37:15 From Esperanza Zenon to Everyone: Good morning everybody! 08:37:17 From Patrisha’s iPhone to Everyone: Good Morning ONE Rouge!! 08:37:39 From Rev Anderson to Everyone: Good morning One Rouge! 08:37:56 From Esperanza Zenon to Everyone: Is live transcription available? 08:38:06 From Esperanza Zenon to Everyone: no audio 08:40:57 From Casey Phillips to Everyone: Esperanza there isn't live transcription available but as always we'll get everyone the meeting notes tomorrow morning. 08:42:37 From One Rouge to Everyone: rescue, relief, then recovery 08:44:14 From One Rouge to Everyone: Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) 08:46:47 From One Rouge to Everyone: “H hour” is when tropical storm force winds hit the coast of Louisiana. 08:47:42 From One Rouge to Everyone: The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is a state-of-the-art command and control center located on Independence Boulevard in Baton Rouge. 08:48:47 From One Rouge to Everyone: Water is the #1 threat in EBR Parish 08:49:37 From One Rouge to Everyone: 27 hurricanes have hit Loiusiana in the last 20 years 08:49:48 From Luke St. John McKnight to Everyone: https://youtu.be/SH1ZNVGCVBQ 08:50:07 From Luke St. John McKnight to Everyone: Jay Grymes speaking at the Rotary 08:50:29 From One Rouge to Everyone: transition of response to recovery is the most difficult of all disasters 08:53:04 From Clay Rives to Everyone: MOHSEP@brla.gov 08:54:08 From Casey Phillips to Everyone: Thank you St. John 08:55:00 From One Rouge to Everyone: https://www.211.org/ 08:55:59 From Alfredo Cruz to Everyone: Given what you've learned through your response and recovery work, could you speak to what BRAF, UW, and the City are doing to mitigate and reduce risk and losses in low income communities-- which as we know are most impacted by disasters. 08:58:41 From One Rouge to Everyone: How is disaster information (shelters, evacuation, resources, etc.) distributed beyond text? Wondering how the elderly or those who don't use technology like this group might are getting the information. 09:01:22 From One Rouge to Everyone: Are there door hangers or magnets for 211 for outreach distribution? 09:01:34 From Pat's iPhone to Everyone: Are there door hangers or magnets for 211 for outreach distribution 09:01:54 From One Rouge to Everyone: it is important to have a Continuity of Operations plan in place 09:01:57 From Pat's iPhone to Everyone: Please Talk about 225 Give 09:02:45 From One Rouge to Everyone: If you register your non-proift with BRAF can be set up with a grants advisor 09:03:36 From One Rouge to Everyone: take a minute to ensure your information is accurate with 211 09:04:41 From One Rouge to Everyone: having an emergency response plan is vital! 09:05:11 From Lois Smyth to Everyone: Lois Smyth firstname.lastname@example.org 225-387-6126 09:05:18 From Lois Smyth to Everyone: Tammy Abshire email@example.com 09:05:50 From One Rouge to Everyone: AAR - after action review 09:10:32 From One Rouge to Everyone: If it takes a year to start truly housing folk after a disaster, what do the impacted folk do until then??? 09:10:39 From Alfredo Cruz to Everyone: YES WE ARE ON IT! 09:12:17 From Lois Smyth to Everyone: Awesome, Alfredo! 09:13:38 From Casey Phillips to Everyone: Coalition members please drop your questions in the chat or raise your digital hand before we move to community announcements at 9:30 09:13:48 From rodneyna to Everyone: How can we create the museum as a safe space in case of emergency? We noticed the need last year and to whatever extent we are allowed to open our doors we would love to. 09:16:23 From Pat's iPhone to Everyone: I need to pick up a distribution Packet, please Pat LeDuff 225 964-7825 Patleduff@yahoo.com 09:17:10 From Pat's iPhone to Everyone: Please give your contact 09:17:49 From Pat's iPhone to Everyone: Oops 225 964-7824 Pat 09:18:28 From John Hutson to Everyone: firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks Pat, I will follow-up with you. 09:18:45 From Rev Anderson to Everyone: In addition to hurricanes and flooding what other disasters does Baton Rouge routinely plan for? 09:19:09 From John Hutson to Everyone: For Disaster Grant information - email@example.com 09:19:53 From rodneyna to Everyone: firstname.lastname@example.org, 225-229-3389. 09:19:59 From rodneyna to Everyone: Capitol Park Museum 09:20:58 From Kellie’s MOHSEP iPhone to Everyone: Check out our RedStickReady.com website and follow “Red Stick Ready” on social media! 09:21:07 From Kellie’s MOHSEP iPhone to Everyone: https://www.brla.gov/1589/Get-Prepared 09:21:55 From John Hutson to Everyone: 225 Gives questions - Katek@cauw.org 09:24:22 From Teressa Calligan to Everyone: This is very good information. Thanks!! 09:24:25 From Verna Bradley-Jackson to Everyone: Yes Reentry housing 09:25:07 From Verna Bradley-Jackson to Everyone: 2016 Flood One Touch Ministry housed SO 09:25:09 From Rev Anderson to Everyone: How often are these trainings offered? 09:26:01 From Rev Anderson to Everyone: Are they offered in any language other than English? 09:26:25 From Alfredo Cruz to Everyone: Mitigation idea:. Develop fund to fortify roofs and support some repairs before storms hit. increase resilience of homes in areas of high risk because of high poverty. 09:26:40 From Pat's iPhone to Everyone: Clay, Would you consider doing a training for us on this call 09:27:21 From Clay Rives to Everyone: Yes, I will follow up with some training opportunities 09:27:24 From Pat's iPhone to Everyone: Yes!!! 09:27:24 From Rev Anderson to Everyone: Can you share who is the point person on addressing disability issues as part of emergency planning? 09:28:22 From Pat's iPhone to Everyone: Having the, Oops !!! It’s a storm!!!; attitude 09:28:59 From LOU GUTHRIE to Everyone: Nuclear disaster? 09:29:45 From Rev Anderson to Everyone: That should be a One Rouge topic, the children. 09:30:21 From Pat's iPhone to Everyone: Consider preparing for more intentional‘BLUE’ tarp programs and partners 09:30:34 From Kim Mosby to Everyone: Happy Friday all! Thanks for the great discussion this morning. Louisiana Center for Children's Rights is hiring a social worker for a supervisory position in their BR office. For more information see: https://lakidsrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Social-Work-Supervisor-Job-Posting-1.pdf or email me at email@example.com 09:30:38 From Kellie’s MOHSEP iPhone to Everyone: https://www.brla.gov/1589/Get-Prepared website has a lot of our hazards that we prepare for. To include fires and extreme heat. 09:31:58 From Caitlyn Scales to Everyone: Gotta jump! Thank you! 09:32:07 From One Rouge to Everyone: 👋🏾 09:33:05 From Laquitta Bowers to Everyone: Psychological First Aid is a good training offered by the Red Cross.addressing mental health distress 09:33:27 From Kelli Rogers to Everyone: Thank you, thank you everyone! Great information today. Happy Friday! 09:35:49 From Helena Williams to Everyone: virtualauction.bid/breakingx 09:36:25 From Helena Williams to Everyone: Bidding is up till Aug 5! 09:38:11 From Flitcher R. Bell to Everyone: firstname.lastname@example.org
Louisiana Center for Children's Rights is hiring a social worker for a supervisory position in their BR office. For more information see: https://lakidsrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Social-Work-Supervisor-Job-Posting-1.pdf or email me at email@example.com
MOHSEP has recently launched a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and has received an overwhelming number of volunteers. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. The next CERT trainings will be held on Saturdays September 10th and 24th
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