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Louisiana Public Broadcasting Responds to Historic Flood

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Posted on 8/16/2016

In response to historic flooding in southern Louisiana that resulted in thousands of destroyed homes and displaced individuals, Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) immediately began to provide resources necessary for local viewers to stay informed and begin the relief and recovery process. LPB’s efforts included:

•Airing and live-streaming the Governor’s press conferences
•Producing a 90-minute fundraising special, “Education & Recovery: LPB Gives Back,” in which 100 percent of the proceeds will help replace school supplies
•Sharing news, stories, and resources with viewers, including ways to help children cope
•Creating a 2016 flood resource webpage: www.lpb.org/flood
•Collecting and disseminating supplies donated by public media
•Hosting an event in which teachers were invited to pick-up school supplies in LPB’s auditorium
•Setting up areas in temporary shelters where children could collect books from LPB’s Education Services Department
•Providing news coverage for “PBS NewsHour” and LPB’s “Louisiana: The State We’re In”
•Providing uplinks to news outlets nationwide for numerous in-studio guests
•Maintaining operations while state offices were closed

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