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

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CYFAR Preconference in May 2006 on Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service's - Louisiana's Katrina Experience - Teachable Moments: Rebuilding and Preparing for the Future.

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  • 1. Louisianas 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. What would you do? 3. What would you do if a category 5 hurricane threatened your family? 4. What would you do if this is what is left of your family home? 5. What would you do to help your community recover? 6. What would you do to help your organization recover? 7. What would you do to help your childs school recover? 8. Laurens Experience Lauren Faust St. Bernard Parish 4-H agent 9. Phase 1 Immediate Response 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. Phase 1 Immediate Response 12. Volunteering 13. Volunteering 14. Media Blitz Media effort by FCS state specialists 4-H state specialists Communication specialists Media Targets Radio stations, newspapers and television stations 15. Information Outreach 16. Information outreachTrailer Living 101 17. Information Outreach Disaster Recovery materials 18. Phase 2 Recovery 19. Phase 2 20. Recovery Efforts Task Forces Collaborations/partnerships Presentations/workshops Disaster Recovery Centers 1-800 help line 21. Web Portal 22. La House Rebuild Stronger, Safer, Smarter 23. La House 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. Collaborative 4-H Outreach Efforts Community Agencies Media School Systems Service-Learning 26. Internal Efforts How were the needs of faculty and staff addressed? Individual Counseling Group Therapy Service-Learning Efforts 27. THANKS Letters of Hope Care packages Quilts Monetary Donations Corporate Donations 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. The Need for Volunteers Recruitment Placement Maintenance 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. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop 32. Phase 3 Planning for the next hurricane season 33. Families & Disasters (FAD) Research 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. Rita: Recruitment SE LA, suburban families SW LA, rural and farm families Introductory letters and phone calls 36. Since the hurricane, what about your familys economic situation is more challenging? What about your familys economic situation is less challenging?How has your extended family/kin affected your familys recovery? Why is this important for your family?How has your community affected your familys recovery? Why is this important for your family?How have you (as a family) dealt with problems? 37. Getting Ready New information material a publication called Preparation for the Storm is being developed for mass distribution June 06 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. Getting Ready Collaborations Child mental health counselors Boys and Girls Clubs Big Buddies Red Cross Family Recovery Corps 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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