Caring for your mental health after a hurricane is often an overlooked subject, but it’s critical to address as the effects are proven to be severe and long-lasting when not acknowledged. 10 years after Katrina, residents are interviewed there saying they still struggle with depression. (Source: Katrinas Emotional Legacy).
Just as we have the opportunity to come back stronger and rebuild our homes and cities better than before, there is also an opportunity to strengthen our mental health better than prior to the crisis. In a disaster, we can respond in one of two ways. We can grow our own resilience by adapting and overcoming the pressure, or give into stress by feeling inadequate and focusing only on what we cannot control.
After Hurricane Sandy, more than 20 percent of residents reported PTSD, 33 percent reported depression and 46 percent reported anxiety. After Hurricane Harvey, 800,000 people continued to suffer from anxiety and depression long...
Aerial Recovery Group’s reconnaissance team successfully completed its five day mission to South Louisiana. They were there to provide ground truth (an accurate information report from boots on the ground personnel), emergency construction and liaise with key locals as well as multiple NGOs to assist with the recovery efforts in the area. Check out our vlog for exclusive footage of the recovery in this community.
“Absolutely incredible to see what can be accomplished in just a few days with pure hearts and focused effort.” Britnie Turner
Measuring the Impact of Laura
The Aerial team worked in Cameron finishing up roofs and moving appliances out of damaged homes. Families are literally taking anything salvageable, such as washers and dryers, to a location where they can utilize it for basic needs. Many are displaced and will be staying with family or friends for the foreseeable future.
We were successful in our force multiplying efforts by working with...
Following 2020’s trend, this year’s hurricane season has already broken records as the “first year since storm record-keeping began in 1851 in which nine named tropical storms have formed before August and thirteen before September. That includes the four hurricanes that have formed so far this year.” (Source)
Given the activity of this season, there is no better time than NOW to get prepared. At Aerial Recovery Group, we know there is genuine peace in preparedness for any hazardous situation. Assembling your emergency bags and being armed with the knowledge for protecting your home are two steps that anyone can take to prepare for adverse conditions.
However, there is not always time to prepare in advance. In this blog, we’ll go over what to do if you have to prepare for last-minute sheltering in place.
Sheltering in Place: Essentials
Today was day two for the Aerial Recovery Corp performing Hurricane Laura relief efforts in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. It was incredibly inspiring to witness the power of community coming together in the midst of this level of crisis.
One church from Texas delivered an entire truckload of needed supplies to us today. We were able to distribute to these families who suffered a crippling 90% devastation of their homes. Check out our footage here. There are approximately five families living in each remaining tiny little house, many of which may not be able to rebuild quickly due to supplies being more than an hour away.
We were humbled to be able to deliver several items to help them meet their basic needs but also inspired by the strength of the mindset behind these individuals.
One gentleman who literally rode out the storm on his shrimp boat said, “Don’t ever give up. Don’t stop fighting. Wherever you be, keeping going forward. Don’t worry about...
The Aerial Recovery Group safely arrived in Lake Charles, Louisiana on Thursday night. We had a highly effective first day by splitting into two teams, one performing recon and filming the top needs in order to orchestrate effective aid and volunteers for the future. The other team jumped into emergency construction projects to assist the elderly. Watch our video footage of the devastation HERE.
We did a recon trip to Cameron Parish assisting the World Central Kitchen in serving the people in the community meals as well as directing them to additional food and support. Most people do not have web data or cell phone coverage as all the towers are down.
It is such an eye opening and humbling experience to have the ability to see firsthand the devastation that the news is not reporting. “I’ve been to many devastations, and every single time I walk away humbled, and grateful for the experience of being able to witness the resiliency of the human spirit.” Britnie...
Hurricane Laura barrelled onshore to the United States on the 27th of August 2020, making landfall near Lake Charles, LA. It was one of the strongest hurricanes to make landfall in Louisiana to date (tied with the Last Island storm) with a wind speed of 150 mph. Laura was the 2020 season’s 12th named storm and first major Atlantic hurricane. This hurricane is the 10th strongest US hurricane to make landfall, leaving 1 million people without power affecting 3 different states. At the time of this writing, the death toll has already reached 16 and hundreds of thousands are without water.
In response to the devastation, Aerial Recovery Group, including its Volunteer Corps and its team of Green Berets (OD-R), is preparing to deploy to the region no later than September 3, 2020, to assist with the relief efforts. Aerial Recovery Group has begun pre-deployment operations from its Nashville staging area to the Lake Charles area of Louisiana and will be providing supplies,...