Government, community and business leaders came together today to announce STPCares — Community Flood Response. This collective response effort will pool resources to help those affected recover faster and stronger than they would by isolated efforts. It will offer to citizens a clearinghouse of trusted resources from which to donate and volunteer.
Officials from St. Tammany Parish Government, St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, the East St. Tammany Chamber, the St. Tammany West Chamber, the Northshore Homebuilder’s Association, the Northshore Business Council, the Northshore Community Foundation, and several other agencies, were on-hand to pledge participation and support of this unified effort which will be managed by Kevin Davis, the former Director of the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
“While in a Bible study, we started talking about our community and our residents coupled with the surrounding communities, and we knew we had to offer help,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We, as Louisianans, do not sit idly by as our neighbors struggle. When we are faced with this level of destruction and loss, our people seek to lighten the burden when we can. We step in if we are able, and those of us who were spared, help the broken become whole again.”
The St. Tammany Parish Public School System will provide a physical space and administrative help to STPCares while it is in operation. Partnerships and aide could include: shared manpower, use of Parish facilities and resources, temporary housing and monetary help.