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Aiding in Times of Natural Disasters

In mid-August 2016, residents of southern Louisiana were deluged by storms that brought about two feet of rain, resulting in flood damage to more than 100,000 homes. Several federal agencies, including NIFA and its partner, Healthy Homes Partnership (HHP), sprang into action to help. HHP links the resources of NIFA and state land-grant universities with U.S. Housing and Urban Development to form a public outreach education program to help residents prepare their homes in case of floods and other disasters. In southern Louisiana, HHP posted on Facebook and Twitter so people could access resources online. In one 24-hour period, the posts logged 509 clicks in which people went from the HHP Facebook page directly to the recovery guides. In all, flood recovery posts from Louisiana State University Extension’s LaHouse, HHP’s partner agency in Louisiana, reached about 30,000 residents.

NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2016 Annual Report. Want to read about more impacts like this? Check out Fresh from the Field, a weekly bulletin showcasing transformative impacts made by grantees funded by NIFA.

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