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LAE Works with the National Education Association to Provide Louisiana Educators with Flood Recovery Assistance


BATON ROUGE, LA – AUGUST 17, 2016 – As South Louisiana families begin to assess the damage sustained from the great flood of 2016, leaders of the Louisiana Association of Educators announce recovery assistance for school employees impacted by the devastating event. LAE President Debbie Meaux expressed her sympathy for all Louisiana families affected by the floodwater’s destruction.

“I’d like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to all who are suffering loss from this tragedy,” Meaux said. “When crisis strikes, the daily lessons imparted in our classrooms kick into gear and we are certainly seeing proof of this in the actions of Louisiana’s citizens. Resilience and respect for each other have been a common sight over the past few days; our neighbors have shown incredible selflessness and bravery. This is the greatest sign of hope as we face a time of tremendous rebuilding.”

LAE leaders, in conjunction with national affiliate, the National Education Association, announce support for Louisiana’s school employees. Earlier this week, association officials - at both the state and national level - initiated a relief plan for educators impacted by the flood. A donation portal has been established to accept contributions for teachers and other school professionals in need of both personal and professional recovery. Nationwide donations are being accepted at www.neafoundation.org/pages/louisiana-flood-relief-fund. To access an application for these resources, public school employees impacted by the flood are advised to send an email to 2016laflood@gmail.com. Additional resources are available to affected LAE members enrolled in NEA’s Member Benefits Services; information on assistance can be found at www.neamb.com/disaster-assistance.htm.

As schools across the southern region of the state close indefinitely, families live with a sense of uncertainty and disruption. These effects will linger far beyond the next few months. In order to help address any long-lasting impact on children, NEA has offered an easy-to-use, step-by-step school crisis guide - created by educators for educators - available at http://neahealthyfutures.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/schoolcrisisguide.pdf. Meaux said this resource can help teachers, principals, and school district administrators to keep schools and students safe during this time of crisis.

“Knowing what to do can be the difference between stability and chaos,” Meaux said. “It is so important for our schools to establish a sense of normalcy for our educators and students so that they can feel safe, despite what they may be going through at home as a result of the recovery.” 

LAE leaders will continue to monitor the situation and seek avenues to help association members recover from this tremendous loss.

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