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The Road to Recovery

This is fire season on the west coast and hurricane season in the east coast and people in California, Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, and across the nation have been pitching in to help those affected.

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.

Hurricane Harvey Houston Texas Flood disaster

Ways We Are Helping

Whether it be wildfires, floods, or hurricanes, the road to recovery is long and there are many ways you can help. Here are some of the ways you can provide urgent relief to the people affected by the California Wildfires and Hurricanes:

Power to Puerto Rico

The Lampkin Foundation is purchasing fuel to keep 50 hospitals in Puerto Rico operational. At the moment, hospitals are running on generators. No power in Puerto Rico means healthcare providers have to make difficult decisions about who to treat. At some hospitals, generators have already failed and others are running short on diesel. The average cost for diesel fuel is $3.45 per gallon.

All donations can be sent to Please be sure to select “Puerto Rico Disaster Relief” in the drop down menu.

California Wildfires

Deadly wildfires continue to spread across northern California and fire officials predict this years fire season will get worse before it gets better. To date the fires have killed at least 21 people and more than 3,500 homes and structures have been destroyed. The nations most notable wine-growing industry and economy has been devastated. It is estimated that more than 90,000 Californians have been temporarily or permanently displaced from their homes and employment. We’re not just asking for donations.

We are truly giving you an opportunity to help us rebuild norther California communities and leave your mark. Click here to join our fundraiser.

Disaster Relief Fund

Like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the road to recovery following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria will be long. But we don’t have to make the same mistakes made in response to the recovery efforts in 2005. Donate now to to help the thousands of people whose lives will inevitably be devastated by the hurricanes. Be sure to specify which Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund you would like to contribute to.

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.

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.

Flames engulf a road near Bastrop State Park as a wildfire burns out of control near Bastrop, Texas September 5, 2011. An estimated 1,000 homes are being threatened in Bastrop County, just east of Austin, as a 14,000-acre (5700-hectare) wildfire rages out of control, causing evacuations.  REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

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.

Mental Health Police Officer Meeting with Mental Health Workers during disaster

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.

FEMA Workers

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:

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