Groups partner to help provide medical equipment to disabled affected by historic flood

Groups partner to help provide medical equipment to disabled affected by historic flood

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Flood victims with disabilities are now eligible to receive free medical equipment thanks to a joint effort.

The American Red Cross, in partnership with Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN) on behalf of the Louisiana Emergency Management Disability and Aging Coalition (EMDAC), announced Monday that durable medical equipment, supplies and more are immediately available to Louisiana residents with limitations or disabilities who were affected by the August 2016 historic floods.

Officials said disabled persons living in any of the 26 parishes designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should contact LATAN by calling toll-free to (844) 861-4764 or sending an email to response@latan.org to ask about devices and equipment that may be available to them at no cost.

"LATAN is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the American Red Cross and provide assistance of needed devices and other services to vulnerable populations affected by the flood," Yakima Black, LATAN president and CEO, said in a written release. "We believe that at about the six-month mark following a natural disaster or an event, oftentimes people feel that they are forgotten. This partnership with American Red Cross clearly illustrates that we have not forgotten them and that help is on the way to meet their needs."

Officials said LATAN will deliver the necessary fittings and each qualifier will receive a complimentary smoke detector through the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

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