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When Hurricane Harvey tore its way through Texas in 2017, devastating floods led to emergency high water rescues of over 30,000 people. Most of these evacuations were carried out by citizens.
While some citizens rescuing those in need were neighbors or fellow Texans, there was one group of civilian volunteers assembled that few recognize: the Louisiana Cajun Navy.
Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana Cajun Navy is a group of volunteer citizens from the State of Louisiana. They deploy in the wake of the country’s most catastrophic natural disasters to help in rescue efforts.
The volunteers have one mission: rescue, relieve, rebuild.
“From the under privileged, the homeless, and all veterans in this country, we won't stand by and watch another person suffer, struggle, and fight for their lives, while the world passes by,” the mission statement on the official Louisiana Cajun Navy page reads.
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The Cajun Navy aims to help neighbors and fellow Americans in need of assistance or rescue instead of waiting around for other means of help to arrive.
They were there for Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Gordon, as well as making rescues during the Louisiana Flood of 2016. They are in the Carolinas, already engaging in hundreds of rescues in areas inundated by flooding rain and intense storm surge flooding.
AccuWeather’s Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer assisted Cajun Navy volunteers during the rescue of an elderly man in New Bern, North Carolina, a town that experienced some of the worst flooding during Hurricane Florence so far.
If you are in need of assistance during a natural disaster, the Louisiana Cajun Navy urges you to call 911 first but to reach out to them as well through their request help and supplies form. You can also find the link on their Twitter page, @CajunNavyRelief, where they provide safety tips and updates as well as Facebook where they have linked CrowdSource Rescue, another option to request a rescue along with other emergency contacts.
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While crests will continue to work downstream along the major rivers in the eastern part of the Carolinas into next week, some unprotected areas may stay flooded until the end of September or early October.
No obstante, organizaciones sin fines de lucro crearon la primera Guía para la Protección de la Niñez y la Adolescencia en Situaciones de Emergencia o Desastres.
The newest storm in the western Pacific Ocean will track through the Philippine Sea this weekend, potentially developing into a typhoon before impacting land next week.
The Carolinas continue to deal with Florence's aftermath while flooding inundated other parts of the U.S. this week.
As disaster relief efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Florence, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has imposed restrictions on drone usage in areas affected by the storm.
Animals in the path of Florence were rescued by volunteers and taken across America to Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and as far as Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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Even though Florence has been completely sheared apart by strong winds over the North Atlantic, some of the leftover showers and thunderstorms may loop back around and approach the Carolina coast early next week.