Family Fundamentals | A Flood of Generosity

At Fundamental, we feel strongly about lending a helping hand, especially when disaster strikes. That’s happened recently in Southern Louisiana, not far from our Austin, Texas office. The recent catastrophic flooding is the eighth such flood to occur in a little over 12 months- including disasters in Oklahoma, Texas, South Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland- each classified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a once-in-every-500-year events. The Louisiana storm conditions were so severe; NOAA is now classifying them as a once-every-1,000-year event. And the Red Cross called the floods “the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.”

The devastating storm dumped between 24 and 31 inches of rain—some 6.9 trillion gallons of water—on parts of southern Louisiana over the course of 48 hours before moving into Texas, reported the Atlantic. More than 40,000 homes have suffered damage and authorities rescued more than 30,000 people and 1,000 pets trying to escape the rising waters. So the need for donations, supplies, and volunteers is urgent. That’s why we’ve complied a short list of ways you can quickly contribute to the aid efforts. Join us in extending a helping hand via the links below:

Support Red Cross relief efforts in the affected areas via the link, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Donate to The United Way of Southeast Louisiana, which will provide flood victims with counseling, food and other.

And help injured, displaced, and lost animals at the Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge and Animal Rescue New Orleans.