Portlight Disaster Relief

Braithwaite LA NOLA People with Disabilities Pearlington MS Need You Now!!!

By: Portlight, 5:41 PM GMT on August 27, 2012





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You can watch your contributions at work here http://www.stormjunkie.com/live.php Wednesday and Thursday evening as we feed several hundred residents of Pearlington MS and deliver much requested bug spray there. We will begin feeding folks at the Pearlington Community Center about 4pm CDT

You can read more about Pearlington here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearlington,_Mississ ippi

It is a frequently unserved, under served and forgotten place.

Your continued support is what makes this possible. Together we are having a great positive impact on the Gulf coast survivors of hurricane Isaac.

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Thanks to your support, our teams have been busy along the Gulf coast meeting the needs of the unserved, under served and forgotten in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

One crew has worked the last two days in and around Braithwaite LA...a town virtually destroyed by storm surge. Our team has helped with debris removal, as well as facilitating feeding of residents there. There is much to be done in this area...and we are committed to maintaining a presence for some time.

In New Orleans Saturday, we fed about 100 people ( in a neighborhood without power since the storm) a good nutritious meal...and left enough food to feed many people for several days.

We are working with Friends of Disabled Adults and Children in Atlanta to deliver a truckload of supplies to Life of Mississipi CIL (a disability resource and advocacy group). At their specific request we will be sending manual wheelchairs, power chair batteries, blue pads, adult diapers, bug spray and baby wipes for distribution to people with disabilities along the Mississippi coast.

We are also deploying to Pearlington MS to provide a variety of aid to that community. This is an isolated, forgotten community which got a raw deal after Katrina...and has seen absolutely no help since Isaac. Here's a great article telling some history of this place, the beatings it has taken...and the shoddy treatment its' residents have received Link

Please remember: Your support is what makes this possible. Contributions can be made using the PayPal button at www.portlight.org Or by check: Portlight Strategies, Inc. 60 Fenwick Hall Allee #721 Johns Island SC 29455

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Our team is deployed at the biggest shelter in the Biloxi area. 339 evacuees. Our team is the only trained medical presence there. Evacuees include several pregnant women, a few folks with minor injuries...as well as chronic issues such as diabetes. One evacuee left their medication at home in the chaos of evacuation....so our team went out in the storm to fetch it for them.

They report flooding is beginning to be a big issue...and they are prepared to engage in rescues as necessary.

When the weather passes, we will begin to do needs assessment, after which we will execute the relief phase of our deployment.

Live streaming video of one of our teams can be seen at www.stormjunkie.com

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Our teams are now deployed in Biloxi, MS. We are working with Life, Inc. (a disability resource and advocacy center)to assist in serving the needs of people with disabilities in the area. Our work includes facilitating evacuations, securing property and surveying area shelters to ensure thay are accessible to people with disabilities.

Remember: your support makes this all possible. Thank you for your continued faith in our efforts.

Contributions can be made through the PayPal button found above or at our website www.portlight.org or by check to: Portlight Strategies, Inc. 60 Fenwick Hall Allee #721 Johns Island, SC 29455

Updated: 9:24 PM GMT on September 04, 2012

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Isaac Response

By: Portlight, 7:31 PM GMT on August 25, 2012






Tropical Storm Isaac is now forecast to intensify to a CAT 2 hurricane and effect the Florida panhandle sometime Tuesday and Portlight is ready to respond.

John Wilbanks, a long time Portlight member and instrumental in many of the things we do will be heading to Panama City tomorrow afternoon along with a team from Yankee 1, a relief organization made up of retired miltary to provide relief services and SAR if that becomes necessary. John's website, Stormjunkie.com, will be streaming video of operations in the strike zone; you can see what Portlight's teams are doing here.

We are also reaching out to the disability community in Haiti and rekindling old relationshps there in the aftermath of Isaac's passage of that island. With over 300,000 still displaced after the earthquake of two years ago, the need there will be great.


People are suffering as a result of Isaac, and more are certain to be affected, and with your help we're going to help them.

As always, your support is critical. It's difficult to imagine disaster before the fact. But we are encouraging you to try. Please help as you can. Unserved, under served and forgotten people are counting on you. Seriously. With your help, we are able to serve those who fall through the cracks.

Financial contributions can be made using the PayPal button above or by check made payable to: Portlight Strategies, inc. 60 Fenwick Hall Allee #721 Johns Island SC 29455

Isaac

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Big Storm's Comin' Soon

By: Portlight, 5:21 PM GMT on August 22, 2012







Tropical storm Isaac continues to churn towards the islands and, eventually, somewhere along the US coast.

Haiti is at particular risk...as several hundred thousand people there still live in open, unprotected areas as the result of the earthquake. Because of our previous involvement in Haiti, we are able to respond as needed. We are also working to do what we can to help in preparation efforts.

Our domestic response volunteers are right now fine tuning our response once Isaac hits the US coast. We are having daily conference calls to facilitate bringing our plans into focus. We expect to have everything nailed down by the end of the day Saturday...with our teams rolling to appropriate staging areas Saturday night.

People are going to suffer from Isaac. And we're going to help them.

As usual, your support is critical. It's difficult to imagine disaster before the fact. But we are encouraging you to try. Please help as you can. Unserved, under served and forgotten people will be counting on you. Seriously. With your help, we are able to serve those who fall through the cracks.

Financial contributions can be made using the PayPal button above or by check made payable to: Portlight Strategies, inc. 60 Fenwick Hall Allee #721 Johns Island SC 29455

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