Humanist Disaster Recovery (HDR) Teams volunteers are currently helping families in Denham Springs, LA who suffered severe flooding in August of 2016. As much as 31 inches of rain fell in and around the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana. In what has been called the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy, 13 people lost their lives, and 8.7 billion dollars in damage was left behind.
Flooding occurred in regions that were not considered flood plains and many homeowners did not have flood insurance. The last time they had flooding even close to this was in the mid-80's. FEMA gives people about $33,000 max but the cost to rebuild a modest house averages about $75,000.
We held a Humanist Disaster Recovery Drive last fall that raised more than $10,000 for our secular beneficiary, All Hands Volunteers (AHV) and we will be deploying volunteers to work with AHV in their ongoing rebuilding efforts through June 7th.
Russell Glasser and Phil Session of the Atheist Community of Austin joined us on deployment and hosted The Atheist Experience episode 21.22 with guest HDR Coordinator Rebecca Vitsmun. They shared stories about their experiences and talked about positive Bridging the Gap moments. Watch it on their YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1jv1dG9