Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected. Let’s rally together with our neighbors in their time of need and do what we can to show them that they are not alone.
United MegaCare (UMC) is currently on the ground helping families and communities adversely impacted by Hurricane Laura get the relief they need through a full suite of services, including disaster preparedness, crisis mobilization, and recovery.
The Potter’s House, in partnership with UMC, is closely monitoring weather developments and is working with government agencies (local and federal) to coordinate efforts, deploy volunteers, and connect essential resources for water, food, and shelter to those in the greatest need both domestically and abroad. To learn more about our UMC partner’s disaster relief services, mission, and vision, visit UnitedMegaCare.org.
Get Help Now
If you or someone you know needs medical attention,
dial 911 immediately.
Search for open shelters near you by texting SHELTER and your ZIP code to 43362 (standard text message rates apply).
Example: Shelter 01234
Financial donations are the best way to help support survivors of disasters. Your donations will always go toward helping those displaced by the storms.
Text T5DR to 28950 to donate any amount. Example: T5DR $50
Other Ways To Help
How You Can Help
How You Can Help Families & Communities Affected
by Hurricane Laura
Prayer changes everything, brings comfort to those in difficult situations, and heals the brokenhearted. Pray for the following:
- The survivors of the hurricane.
- The flooding and storms to dissipate.
- The first responders and volunteers who aid those in need.
Due to the current pandemic, we are not deploying volunteers at this time. Your safety is our priority. First responders will need time to set up and stabilize the situation before accepting volunteers. We are looking for local opportunities to serve and will update you as needs are communicated to us.
- Hebrews 13:16 (NIV) tells us: “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
- Be a listening ear and encourager to others.
- Display a heart of compassion toward everyone you meet; you never know what someone is going through.
Resources for Hurricane Laura Survivors
Family & Missing Children
- Find family and friends or register yourself as safe by visiting the American Red Cross Safe & Well site.
- Report a missing child by contacting the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-866-908-9570.
Access the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center by clicking here.
- Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance by clicking here or calling 1-800-621-3362. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can apply for assistance at DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Explore FEMA’s Individual Disaster Assistance for immediate and other resources during disaster recovery.
- Download the FEMA Mobile App to receive alerts from the National Weather Service, get safety and survival tips, customize your emergency checklist, find your local shelter, and upload your disaster photos to help first responders.
- Visit the FEMA Social Hub for updates from official emergency management social media accounts.
- Visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to talk with someone in-person for guidance.To find a center near you, use the DRC Locator or text DRC and your ZIP code to 43362. (standard text message rates apply). Example: DRC 01234
- Locate the nearest shelter or find your local American Red Cross.
Housing & Homeless Services
Enter your ZIP code to find The Salvation Army nearest you.
Resources for Homeless Veterans
Find Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homeless programs and resources for veterans and veteran service providers as well as resources for other agencies and organizations when you visit the HudExchange.info.
Emergency Housing, Food, & Other Assistance
Discover local agencies that provide a range of services for families, individuals, and veterans, including food, housing, health care, and job assistance. Visit the following websites now to locate services near you:
- HudExchange.info (Homeless)
- State SNAP Resources (D-SNAP)
- 211.org (Call local or state 211)
For additional information about Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) programs operating in your state, please contact your state agency.
Talk to a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress due to the storms when you call the @DisasterDistressLineat 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Learn more about UnitedMegaCare.org and how you can help families and communities in need today.