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The Road to Recovery
We continue to be inspired by the stories of ordinary citizens, our first responders, emergency management leaders, and people from all over the nation volunteering their time and resources to help those in need. We remain steadfast in ensuring our response is in direct alignment with our vision for communities that are strong, fully engaged, and resilient; where all stakeholders are self-reliant and fully supported by sustainable ingenuity and grassroots efforts.
About The Disaster Relief Effort
Like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the road to recovery following today’s natural disasters are still long. But we don’t have to make the same mistakes made in response to the recovery efforts in 2005. While the D’Andre D. Lampkin understands the desire for immediate relief, we encourage everyone to follow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), which serves as a companion document to the National Response Framework (NRF). The NDRF is a guide to promote effective recovery, particularly for those incidents that are large-scale or catastrophic.
Thank You from Dr. Alison Thompson Power to Puerto Rico Campaign
In 2017 the Lampkin Foundation responded to the Puerto Rico disaster relief effort by purchasing 1500 units of solar power to keep roadways lit and the village areas inhabitable. While many were focused on providing diesel fuel to keep generators running, the Lampkin Foundation focused on strategies that were longer-lasting, such as renewable energies. One year following Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans report the 1500 units of solar power continue to allow them to navigate both day and night.
Thank You from Al & Raquel Harris 2018 Southern California Wildfires
Following the outbreak of the 2018 southern California wildfires, The D’Andre D. Lampkin Foundation met with our donor partners, Kiss the Monkeys to coordinate and organize disaster relief supplies at the front lines of the fire. While organizing supplies at Los Angeles Fire Station 84, volunteers saw first hand what the first phase of a disaster response looks like. They’re doing the best they can on behalf of residents and cooperative partnership community organizations is an absolutely necessity so that they can focus on what they are trained to do best.
Every disaster recovery plan should have an all-hazards approach, meaning, at its core the plan can be applied to most, if not all, foreseeable disasters.
In Our Volunteer's Words
Dr. Alison Thompson is a D’Andre D. Lampkin Foundation supporter, donor partner, and full time global humanitarian volunteer who has run refugee camps and field hospitals in most of the major natural disasters around the world for the past 18 years. The Lampkin Foundation had the fortunate opportunity to partner with Dr. Alison Thompson during the 2017 humanitarian response in Puerto Rico following hurricane Maria. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in the Humanities from Loyola Chicago University, The Order of Australia from Queen Elizabeth 2nd and the ‘Medal of Excellence’ from General Simeon Trombitas and the 82nd Airborne. She is the current Ambassador to the Haitian Ministry of Environment (Appointed. by J. R Toussaint 2012).
Recovery Is A Process
It is best to think of recovery as a process because there are various levels or steps to recovering from a natural or man made disaster. By definition, the term ‘process’ refers to a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. A part of the disaster recovery process is to already have a plan in place. The plan serves as the general framework for how communities will recover from an incident. Good plans are strong enough to steer disaster recovery organization members during and after a disaster in a way that ensures the communities survival. Comprehensive disaster recovery plans have an all-hazards approach, meaning, at its core the plan can be applied to most, if not all, foreseeable disasters. But it’s always important to remember recovery takes time. It could be months or years before a community can recover completely.
The Human Impact
In terms of human impacts of disasters, the kinds of impacts we can expect when a major disaster occurs are both physical and psychological. There are the obvious impacts like physical damage to the body. People get injured, or worse, die. But there are other factors like stress, which can lead to depression and other health related conditions. Perhaps most concerning is the psychological and emotional impact. According to the National Disaster Recovery Framework, a successful recovery process includes addressing the psychological and emotional needs of the community. The process includes providing counseling, support, screening, and treatment of effected individuals when needed. We should expect people to be in shock, stressed, and in need of support and mental health treatment. Addressing mental health issues during a disaster is a challenge to law enforcement and other first responders. So it is critical to consider providing relief for short term and long term mental health treatment.
Read the First Hand Account
After we announced our efforts to provide disaster relief, messages began to come in expressing thanks and appreciation for donors and supporters. But one letter stood out. It was a firsthand account by a D’Andre D. Lampkin Foundation volunteer who resides in Houston, Texas and the heart of where Hurricane Harvey did the most damage.
Latoya Christman, a mother and Los Angeles native asked that we share her observations with you.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Get the latest updates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and find out where and how they handling disasters occuring across our nation:
- Safety Tips
- Update-to-Date Information & Rumor Control
- How to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands