PQMD Members Responding to Devastating Floods in Louisiana

With the Red Cross referring to it as the “…worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy,” many Louisiana parishes have been declared federal disaster areas as a result of recent flooding. To date, thirteen lives have been claimed, upwards of 30,000 people have been rescued, and more than 8,000 are currently in shelters. With more than 40,000 homes damaged thus far, with some rivers continuing to rise, areas hardest hit have been given the devastating news that forecasts predict further rain. Though not heavy or widespread in nature, any additional water has nowhere to run off, making an already devastating situation all the more dire.

Much of Louisiana continues to deal with devastating flooding. (source: (Patrick Dennis/The Advocate via AP and Wunderground)

Much of Louisiana continues to deal with devastating flooding. (source: (Patrick Dennis/The Advocate via AP and Wunderground)

In response to the torrential floods, PQMD members are working to provide medical and relief supplies, as well as financial support, to all those affected.

PQMD member relief efforts include:

  • Abbott – donated Abbott nutrition products are being distributed to families in some of the hardest-hit communities. Working with our longstanding partners at Feeding America and Second Harvest Food Bank earlier this year, Abbott provided local food banks in Louisiana with hundreds of “disaster relief packs” – boxes of nutrition products specifically designed to be given directly to families affected by flooding or other disasters.
  • AbbVie Foundation – providing product through their partnership with Direct Relief, and providing cash grants of $20K to Heart to Heart International and $30K to the Red Cross in support of their respective relief efforts
  • AmeriCares – providing Tdap and insulin doses to multiple partners in the affected communities, as well as large shipments of bottled water, hygiene kits, and first aid kits to partners in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas
  • Direct Relief – sent initial shipments valued at $88K wholesale, with products from PQMD members Abbott, AbbVie, AstraZeneca, BD, Eli Lilly, Medtronic, Pfizer, and Sanofi (among others)
  • Heart to Heart International – sending personal hygiene kits, blankets, sunscreen, children’s comfort kits (blanket, coloring books, crayons) in conjunction with existing partners such as the AbbVie Foundation, BD, Johnson & Johnson, and the Sanofi Foundation. HHI has staff and volunteers on the ground and will be deploying volunteers in support of local area partners
  • Henry Schein – responded by opening up its Henry Schein Disaster Relief Hotline for dentists, physicians and veterinarians who experience operational, logistical or financial issues as a result of the flooding in southeastern Louisiana. The toll-free number for all Henry Schein customers is 800-999-9729. The Hotline is operational from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
  • Johnson & Johnson – deploying pre-positioned product through partners such as AmeriCares and Heart to Heart, as well as reviewing additional product requests
  • MAP International – working with trusted partners on the ground to provide the affected families with hygiene kits. Along with the hygiene kits have sent N-95 masks (filters airborne particles), and are deploying disaster response team on Sunday
  • Medtronic – $25k cash allocation to American Red Cross along with product shipped from partners, with additional requests being evaluated
  • Merck – supporting the Red Cross’s response efforts in Louisiana through contributions to the Annual Disaster Relief Fund. In addition, working with Direct Relief to ship product to the area as needed, and monitoring the situation and are prepared to provide additional support to relief agencies as specific needs are more clearly defined
  • Sanofi Foundation for North America – providing product, including insulin and tetanus vaccine, as well as cash to Heart to Heart for personal hygiene kits and Direct Relief, for their relief efforts
  • World Vision – working with local partners to provide emergency supplies to an estimated 1,200 people. Prepositioned supplies are already being distributed by a community partner and an additional truckload of supplies will be on its way from our North Texas warehouse on Friday morning. Supplies will include: hygiene kits, food, clothing, cleaning supplies, children’s books, and medical supplies

PQMD members remain committed as ever to assisting those directly affected by disasters and humanitarian crises. As with all disasters, members will continue to assess needs as the situation develops, and responses are likely to change and increase as the scope of the devastation becomes clear. Please visit www.pqmd.org at any time for updated information.