Historic Flooding Impacts Baton Rouge-Area Masons

August 25, 2016

You may have heard about the recent historic flooding in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, area. Below are some helpful links for information about how our Baton Rouge brethren have been affected, what they are doing now, and how you can help.

Photo: Lodge Room of Milford Lodge No. 117, Baton Rouge. The lodge building took on 3.5 ft. of water during the flooding. (From Baton Rouge Relief Lodge No. 5 Facebook Group.)

Supplies Needed

  • Clorox
  • Extension cords
  • Gloves
  • Masks – the mold had already started yesterday; this problem will grow day by day, especially for older people and children
  • Heavy duty garbage bags
  • Plastic bins
  • Shop Vacs
  • Generators
  • Lantern flashlights and batteries
  • Fans
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Tarps
  • Sprayers for cleaning solutions
  • Scrub brushes
  • Paper Towels
  • Water—city water compromised in Livingston, Ascension, Tangipahoa Parishes
  • Shovels, crowbars
  • String and Rope
  • Water coolers
  • Ice chests
  • Sun block
  • Bug repellant
  • Mold Spray
  • Dog and cat food
  • Cat litter and litter boxes
  • Pillows, blankets, sheets
  • Underwear—men, women, kids
  • Socks
  • Ladies apparel
  • Baby formula, juice, food
  • Baby bottles
  • Diapers
  • Toiletries
  • Non-perishable food
  • Kids activity items (crayons, coloring books, etc.)

Contributions of goods can be sent to:

Acacia Shrine Center
7991 Commerce Ave.
Baton Rouge, 70815

 

Volunteers Requested

Contact: Carle Jackson, 225–938–3552 or the Acacia Shrine Center. Please call before you leave home and again when you arrive in Baton Rouge.

If you will be staying for several days, we are housing volunteers at the Acacia Shrine Center. All Volunteers will be registered and dispatched from Acacia.

What to bring with you:

  • Boots—you will be working in debris from a major disaster.
  • Goggles, gloves, and hard hat, if you have them
  • Masks and other equipment will be available at the Shrine Center

If you do not have the items on the list, we will supply what we can with the exception of boots. Make sure you tetanus shot is current (within last five years). You should also have a vaccination for Hepatitis C if you are going to work in the debris areas where water systems are compromised. If you have not had these inoculations, arrangements can be made.