Louisiana's Katrina Experience - Teachable Moments: Rebuilding and Preparing for the Future

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  • What would you do if a category 5 hurricane threatened your family?
  • What would you do if this is what is left of your family home?
  • What would you do to help your community recover?
  • What would you do to help your child’s school recover? One of many schools in coastal Louisiana devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Louisiana's Katrina Experience - Teachable Moments: Rebuilding and Preparing for the Future

    1. 1. Louisiana’s Katrina Experience Dr. Rebecca White (Family Development) Dr. Diane Sasser (Family Development) Charles Hebert (4-H Agent) Teachable Moments: Rebuilding and Preparing for the Future CYFAR Pre-Conference May 16, 2006
    2. 2. What would you do?
    3. 3. What would you do if a category 5 hurricane threatened your family?
    4. 4. What would you do if this is what is left of your family home?
    5. 5. What would you do to help your community recover?
    6. 6. What would you do to help your organization recover?
    7. 7. What would you do to help your child’s school recover?
    8. 8. Lauren’s Experience Lauren Faust St. Bernard Parish 4-H agent
    9. 9. Phase 1 Immediate Response
    10. 10. Helping Families in the First Weeks After Katrina • Immediate Disaster Response – Volunteering – Media blitz – Information outreach • Expertise provided included: – – – – – – Child and youth development Stress management Financial management Home cleaning, repair and hazard mitigation Food safety Community development
    11. 11. Phase 1 – Immediate Response
    12. 12. Volunteering
    13. 13. Volunteering
    14. 14. Media Blitz • Media effort by – FCS state specialists – 4-H state specialists – Communication specialists • Media Targets – Radio stations, newspapers and television stations
    15. 15. Information Outreach
    16. 16. Information outreach Trailer Living 101
    17. 17. Information Outreach • Disaster Recovery materials
    18. 18. Phase 2 Recovery
    19. 19. Phase 2
    20. 20. Recovery Efforts • • • • • Task Forces Collaborations/partnerships Presentations/workshops Disaster Recovery Centers 1-800 help line
    21. 21. Web Portal
    22. 22. La House Rebuild Stronger, Safer, Smarter
    23. 23. La House
    24. 24. Project MAT Moving Ahead Together • USDA – CSREES – grant • Baton Rouge area • Targets – 6 trailer communities – Summer youth day camps • Collaboration • Our roles– Youth and adult life skills – Coordination of non-formal education at 6 sites
    25. 25. Collaborative 4-H Outreach Efforts • Community Agencies • Media • School Systems • Service-Learning
    26. 26. Internal Efforts • How were the needs of faculty and staff addressed? – Individual Counseling – Group Therapy – Service-Learning Efforts
    27. 27. THANKS • Letters of Hope • Care packages • Quilts • Monetary Donations • Corporate Donations
    28. 28. Results • 55+ clubs donated 5000 boxes of hope • Louisiana 4-H 700+ boxes of hope • 1116 letters from 27 states • $155,000 relief fund – $92,000 AgCenter family – $42,000 4-H directed – $15,000 Grant Walker
    29. 29. The Need for Volunteers • Recruitment • Placement • Maintenance
    30. 30. Continuing Needs • Preparation for upcoming hurricane season – Physical – Emotional • On going service needs in stricken communities and parishes – In state support – Other support
    31. 31. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop
    32. 32. Phase 3 Planning for the next hurricane season
    33. 33. Families & Disasters (FAD) Research
    34. 34. Methodology • Mixed-methods • 50 families from the affected areas of both hurricanes • Research teams of twos • Field interviews, audio recorded • Purposive sampling • Inclusion criteria – Moderate to severe property damage • Screen for mental health
    35. 35. Rita: Recruitment • SE LA, suburban families • SW LA, rural and farm families • Introductory letters and phone calls
    36. 36. – Since the hurricane, what about your family’s economic situation is more challenging? What about your family’s economic situation is less challenging? – How has your extended family/kin affected your family’s recovery? Why is this important for your family? – How has your community affected your family’s recovery? Why is this important for your family? – How have you (as a family) dealt with problems?
    37. 37. Getting Ready New information material – a publication called Preparation for the Storm is being developed for mass distribution June 06
    38. 38. Getting Ready • 100,000 Storm Recovery Guides • Rebuilding Our Lives (for low literacy audiences) print ready • New pub in the works – Family Recovery Guide • Disaster Recovery Fact Sheet Series print ready
    39. 39. Getting Ready • Collaborations – Child mental health counselors – Boys and Girls Clubs – Big Buddies – Red Cross – Family Recovery Corps
    40. 40. Rebuilding and Renewal • Opportunities are emerging for exciting partnerships – La House – KaBoom – MAT – Out of school time activities – School teachers

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