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

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

You can watch your contributions at work here 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,_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 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 well as chronic issues such as diabetes. One evacuee left their medication at home in the chaos of 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

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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 or by check to: Portlight Strategies, Inc. 60 Fenwick Hall Allee #721 Johns Island, SC 29455

Portlight volunteers at Biloxi shelter (Portlight)
Portlight volunteers at Biloxi shelter
Portlight volunteers at Biloxi shelter (Portlight)
Portlight volunteers at Biloxi shelter

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12. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:17 PM GMT on October 23, 2012
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11. Patrap
10:52 PM GMT on September 26, 2012
One day red beans and rice with smoked sausage, next day we did Hot dogs with chili and Snacks,cookies,chips,soda etc.
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10. auburn (Mod)
9:19 PM GMT on September 26, 2012
Quoting Patrap:
COMMUNITY KITCHEN and Portlight's "Camp Constance" feeding Station Saturday post Isaac impact.

what kind of viddles did ya have?
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9. LakeWorthFinn
8:54 PM GMT on September 26, 2012
I am so proud and privileged to part of WU and your project!!! You guys ROCK!

Thanks Dr. Jeff, Portlight deserves all the limelight they can get!

Please check out my blog, because you can help me give more... :)
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8. CaicosRetiredSailor
1:55 AM GMT on September 04, 2012
From comments under Dr. Master's blog:

915. MississippiBoy 9:44 PM EDT on September 03, 2012

To the Port Light org.,I thank ya'll for what you do I got to see it 1st hand here in Hurley,MS at East Central HS.Thanks Doc for all you did.Mike

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7. Patrap
11:28 PM GMT on September 03, 2012

Louisiana Major Disaster Declaration Amended to Include Individual Assistance

08/31/2012 06:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON – Today, FEMA announced an amendment to the major disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana to include the Individual Assistance Program.

Federal funding is available to affected individuals in Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist, and St. Tammany parishes. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and households recover from the effects of the disaster.
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6. Patrap
6:27 PM GMT on September 03, 2012
COMMUNITY KITCHEN and Portlight's "Camp Constance" feeding Station Saturday post Isaac impact.

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5. srqthymesage
7:11 PM GMT on September 02, 2012
Keep on shinin'! Many of us are sustained, even uplifted, seeing your huuuuge generosity during such painful times! U ROCK!!
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4. Patrap
2:17 PM GMT on September 02, 2012
A Special thanks to "The Community Kitchen" Folks from Mississippi who brought goods and food to us here Uptown at Camp Constance and we served over 100 meals to folks.

This was a combined Portlight and Community Kitchen effort from NOLA and Mississippi and we thank them wholeheartedly.

People helping People is alway's a good thing.
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3. Dr. Jeff Masters , Director of Meteorology (Admin)
11:00 PM GMT on August 28, 2012
You guys are awesome! Gonna brag about you in a talk I'm giving at the big AGU
meeting of weather scientists in December. I'm writing up a paragraph to go in this evening's post.

Jeff Masters
2. presslord
1:45 AM GMT on August 28, 2012
OK...we're all set. Gonna have a crew (including 2 EMT's) at the Biloxi Special Needs Shelter from tomorrow morning until the storm passes. They will be caring for shelter dwellers, as well as assisting with evacuations. They will also be doing rescues of people who call for help.

Another team will be surveying all the shelters in the area to ensure that they are accessible to all people.

John Wilbanks will be hunkered down in a Biloxi parking garage live streaming video. He's gonna be able to give great real time, on scene reports.

Wednesday we will begin doing needs assessments and start to engage in the relief phase of our work.
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6:32 PM GMT on August 27, 2012
My doors are still open to any and all volunteers traveling to and from the coast (or if they are there long term, for a break to get a hot shower and a good meal)! All services will be provided free of charge! (lodging, food, laundry,...)

Unfortunately I was unable to go down this time....

Message me here on WU or on Facebook if you need directions!
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